Cotton muslin pennant, 1.5 x 39 in.; single brass grommet. Mounted on board with archival materials. Thirteen blue stars in diminishing size on a white field; sixteen vertical stripes of equal width, alternate red and white, with a red swallow tail. Inscription stamped in black ink at hoist end: "C.G. No. 7." Ca 1930-1945.
The Coast Guard was formed in 1915 under control of the Treasury Department, but design of its commissioning pennant dates to 1799 when it was specially created for the Revenue Cutter Service, alternately known as the Revenue Marine Service. The thirteen stars represent the original colonies and the sixteen stripes the number of states in the Union at the time the pennant was designed in 1799. Following the Civil War, the Revenue Service adopted the identical commissioning pennant as the Navy, thirteen white stars on a blue field and thirteen vertical red and white stripes. The old pennant was revived in 1938. The hoisting of the commissioning pennant is a key moment in the commissioning of a new coast guard cutter. Once hoisted, it flies until the vessel is decommissioned.
Provenance:J. Richard Pierce Collection of American Parade Flags
Minor soiling. Few small holes. Mounted on board with stitch.
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