Original Italian WWII Kingdom of Italy Flag With Savoy Coat of Arms - 30” x 48”

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Original Item: Only One Available. Brought back by a US Soldier after WWII, this is a very nice Italian National Flag, which looks to have seen extensive service during the war. It measures approximately 30" X 48", is of three piece construction, with each color being a different piece. The Savoy Coat of Arms is stitched into the white central portion. It does not have a separate header or hanging ties. The Savoy Flag was adopted in 1861 and relinquished in 1946 with the current flag design.

The flag is faintly stamped at the reverse with WESTERN COSTUME CO next to ARE 2 1/2 x 4 ITALY written in pen. The construction of the flag is definitely high quality and period correct, so this was most likely added post war when the flag was purchased off the surplus market by the costume company. It was far cheaper at the time for the costume and film companies to purchase surplus than it was to fabricate these items. These markings may in fact indicate what type of production It was used with.

This is a wonderful example that comes ready to research and display!

Flag of Italy
The national flag of Italy, often referred to in Italian as il Tricolore, is a tricolor featuring three equally sized vertical pales of green, white and red, national colors of Italy, with the green at the hoist side, as defined by article 12 of the Constitution of the Italian Republic. The Italian law regulates its use and display, protecting its defense and providing for the crime of insulting it; it also prescribes its teaching in Italian schools together with other national symbols of Italy.

The Italian Flag Day, named Tricolor Day, was established by law n. 671 of 31 December 1996, which is held every year on 7 January. This celebration commemorates the first official adoption of the tricolor as a national flag by a sovereign Italian state, the Cispadane Republic, a Napoleonic sister republic of Revolutionary France, which took place in Reggio Emilia on 7 January 1797, on the basis of the events following the French Revolution (1789–1799) which, among its ideals, advocated the national self-determination. The Italian national colours appeared for the first time in Genoa on a tricolour cockade on 21 August 1789, anticipating by seven years the first green, white and red Italian military war flag, which was adopted by the Lombard Legion in Milan on 11 October 1796.

After 7 January 1797, popular support for the Italian flag grew steadily, until it became one of the most important symbols of the Italian unification, which culminated on 17 March 1861 with the proclamation of the Kingdom of Italy, of which the tricolor became the national flag. Following its adoption, the tricolor became one of the most recognizable and defining features of united Italian statehood in the following two centuries of the history of Italy.

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