Original Imperial Japanese WWII Navy Vice Admiral Canvas Rising Sun Flag - 64" x 96"
Original Item: Only One Available. The Rising Sun Flag design was originally used by feudal warlords in Japan during the Edo period. On May 15, 1870, as a policy of the Meiji government, it was adopted as the war flag of the Imperial Japanese Army, and on October 7, 1889, it was adopted as the naval ensign of the Imperial Japanese Navy.
The vice admiral flag and rear admiral flags were used from January 4, 1897 until end of World War II. The old vice admiral flag was a state flag with dark blue border used between October 3, 1870 and November 29, 1871. Between November 29, 1871 and the end of WWII the state flag with red border was used also for vice admiral.
These flags were standard equipment on the larger capital ships, and were hoisted whenever a 海軍中将 (Kaigun-chūjō) was on board. This rank, translated as "Vice Admiral", was considered a "flag officer", which was any Navy officer of high enough rank to fly a flag from the location of their command. This also meant that the ships would need to keep a full set on board for ranks of 海軍少将 (Kaigun-shōshō) or Rear Admiral upwards, to match the rank.
This is a heavy canvas multi-piece construction Naval Rear Admiral rising sun flag that measures 64 inches high by 96 inches wide, offered in excellent condition with a vibrant red color. There is some age fading and toning, as to be expected, but overall it presents well. It has a reinforced upper corner, though there are not currently any hanging loops or other hardware installed. All of the stitching is reinforced.
Very few Vice Admirals served in the Imperial Japanese Navy during World War Tow making this example exceedingly Rare!
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