Red and white flag and 162 Stars,

Discussion in 'Flag Identification and Collecting' started by TokenGimp, May 14, 2009.

  1. TokenGimp

    TokenGimp New Member

    Hello, I'm a new member that recently purchased a flag at an auction and I have never seen one like it. This looks like the best place to have it ID'd.

    It is a large flag 6'W X 9'L with and has a 20" red border surrounding a white center. The center contains 162 stars (161 blue and 1 gold). The blue stars are arranged 8 x 20 with 2 below the first row, the 1 gold and 1 blue are column centered.
    The flag appears to be made with cotton, linen or possibly hemp. It's in good shape although slightly yellowed from age and has a couple moth holes. I'm not sure how it should be folded, or anything else about it. Can anyone help identify this one?

    I want to be sure it is properly cared for.

    Thank you.
  2. NAVA1974

    NAVA1974 Active Member

    Your flag is a World War I or II "Service Flag." Each blue star represents on person serving in the armed forces, and the gold star represents a person killed in action. These flags are commonly found with one or two blue stars and were hung in the windows of homes. Your flag was made for a factory, a city/town, or some other large organization that sent a lot of its members to the war effort. For more info on service flags see
  3. TokenGimp

    TokenGimp New Member

    THANK YOU. I'll try now to track down the Namesake for the Gold Star.

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