History of the flag

Discussion in 'American Flag History' started by ellucci, Oct 18, 2012.

  1. ellucci

    ellucci New Member

    I Buy this flag belongs to an American ship after the Gral Belgrano was then sunk in the Falklands War.

    Anyone have any reference of this American ship was to South America in the 1950?

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  2. ellucci

    ellucci New Member

    More pictures

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  3. coasterville

    coasterville Member

    No information about the ship, but I have a flag just like threat with the hook and ring fittings in the header.
     
  4. NAVA1974

    NAVA1974 Active Member

    Because the flag has 50 stars, it is not likely that it was used in the 1950's. The USA did not have 50 stars on the flag until July 4,1960. Also, I beleive the last two digits "65" on the heading refer to the date of the government contract, 1965.

    Ships flying the US Flag are found in waters around the world, so there may very well have been US Navy ships in the vicinity of the Falklands for various observation or rescue missions.

    Nick A
    Columbia MD
     
  5. csaanv

    csaanv Member

    As to the flag itself and I should refer to my notes but it was sometime in the 1980s that the government contract suppliers switched from sewn appliquéd star naval ensigns to embroidered stars which makes his flag a nice collectable. The stamped anchor on the brass clip is nice too. Not all naval ensigns have that. I have about 10 US naval ensigns and only one has an anchor stamped on the clip.
     
  6. coasterville

    coasterville Member

    True, mine does not have the anchor stamp, but does have the appliqué stars. Mine was made in 1973 and is stamped Valley Forge flag co. On the header. They are very well made flags.
     
  7. coasterville

    coasterville Member

    True, mine does not have the anchor stamp, but does have the appliqué stars. Mine was made in 1973 and is stamped Valley Forge flag co. On the header. They are very well made flags.
     
  8. csaanv

    csaanv Member

    Note the "brown" rope made of natural fibers sewn into the header. Sometime in the early-mid 70s the contract flagmakers were allowed to switch to a synthetic type nylon rope. I have a '71 naval ensign with the brown rope and my "73 ensign has the nylon. I am sure this change like the stars was gradual as the old stock was pushed out and replaced with the new type.
     
  9. coasterville

    coasterville Member

    That's consistent with my 73, it has the white rope.
     

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