Item:
ONJR24FMA130

Original U.S. Civil War Early Handsewn Navy Number Four Semaphore Nautical Signaling Flag - 67” x 158”

Item Description

Original Item: Only One Available. This is an excellent example of a “battle weary” Navy signaling flag from the early years of the Civil War. This is an early example of the Number 4 flag which is the sign for “Affirmative”. Flag semaphore is a semaphore system conveying information at a distance by means of visual signals with hand-held flags, rods, disks, paddles, or occasionally bare or gloved hands. Information is encoded by the position of the flags; it is read when the flag is in a fixed position. Semaphores were adopted and widely used (with hand-held flags replacing the mechanical arms of shutter semaphores) in the maritime world in the 19th century. It is still used during underway replenishment at sea and is acceptable for emergency communication in daylight or using lighted wands instead of flags, at night.

The flag is in good condition for the age and intended use but there is extensive tearing, mothing and holes. The feel of the flag is very delicate so it is recommended that the flag be framed to ensure the preservation and longevity of the wool construction.

A lovely example rady for further research and display.

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