Original Rare U.S. Pre-WWI 46 Star Naval Jack Flag - 24" x 20"
Original Item: Only One Available. Now these are hard to come by! On November 16, 1907, Oklahoma was officially admitted as the 46th State in the United States. Just over 4 years later, on January 6, 1912, New Mexico was admitted, followed quickly by Arizona, which gave us the 48-star flag used through WWI, WWII and the Korean War. It wasn't until 1949 that Alaska was admitted as the 49th state.
Only made for just over 4 years, 46 star flags are quite rare, and this is the first example of a Naval "Jack Flag" that we have seen. These were flown from a naval vessel's "Jack Staff". This is a small vertical spar (pole) on the bow of a ship or smaller vessel on which this particular type of flag, known as a jack, is flown. The jack staff was introduced in the 18th century. The jack is typically flown from military vessels, including submarines, while at anchor or moored pierside, but not while underway.
The flag looks to be made of silk cloth, and is definitely in somewhat delicate condition. All of the stars are full embroidered on, and there are three grommets on the header to attach it to the jack staff. There is a bit of staining, and there is a taped repair at the edge.
Very rare, and the first we have ever had.
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