November 19, 2020 10:00 AM EST Cincinnati


48-Star SS Amerika Flag

Printed flag on cotton, 11.5 x 17 in. Staggered star pattern. Handwritten inscription: "On board the ‘Amerika’ Aug 12th 1909." Followed by the signatures of 17 ship passengers with address and/or home town. Ca 1909.

The German passenger liner Amerika sailed its maiden voyage from Hamburg to New York in October 1905. The ship offered superior service and luxurious traveler accommodations. In spite of its many technological innovations, the ship was involved in a number of at-sea incidents, including one on April 10, 1912 (same day as maiden voyage of the Titanic) when the Amerika rammed and sank a British submarine off the coast of Dover.

In 1917, the ship was seized by the US Navy, commissioned the USS America, and converted to a troop transport. After the war, the ship was rebuilt and served as a passenger liner until 1943 when it was reactivated as the US Army transport Edmund B. Alexander. The ship was sold for scrapping in January 1957.

Provenance:J. Richard Pierce Collection of American Parade Flags


Minor soiling to flag. Otherwise very fine condition.

Estimate: $1,800 - $2,200
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