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  1. I love the ejection seat! That is a fun item.
  2. Hi Bobby, Nice No 7 Ensign. I also collect flags and wish there was s specific forum subgroup for flags. Many of the other sites have one dedicated to flags. I have quite a few Mare Island flags in my collection. They made thousands of flags and really cranked them out during WW2 so they're pretty common, especially signal flags and ensigns of varying sizes. One of the oldest flags I have is a 1904 Rear Admiral No 6 flag that I just bought at an auction. It is really well made and is a testament to the quality of wool flags, properly stored, that Mare Island made. The
  3. This style of finial was used on the front (bow) flag pole on launches and correspond to the highest ranking official onboard. Halberd: "The halberd is used for the flagstaffs of flag officers other than the CNO and fleet admirals and for civil officials entitled to a salute of at least 11 but not more than 17 guns. This ornament was used in the US Navy at least as early as 1853, when Japanese paintings show it topping the staff on which Commodore Matthew C. Perry's broad pennant was carried in processions during his expeditions to Japan. Nevertheless, the 1920 Navy
  4. It doesn’t look regulation to me. No canvas header with grommets and leather mounting tabs like you’d expect on a GI flag. Also no reinforcement in the corners as on QM made general officer flags.
  5. Dittos. The number of common flags purported to be of great historical significance is becoming ridiculous. Even worse there are a couple of regular eBay dealers who are purchasing authentic military flags on eBay (at good prices) and reselling them days later on eBay (for hundreds more) with stories that are beyond ridiculous.....even some with “authentic” bullet and shrapnel rips. Buyers beware!
  6. The flag attached by a rope with a brass ring & snap. The rope has been removed from this flag without damaging the canvas header. The impressions of the stitching remain.
  7. Thanks! It is a very rare flag. According to venerable flag collector Ben K. Weed (OldFlagsWanted) the Mare Island made RKF is one the rarest of all RKF's. I am aware of only one other surviving Mare Island RKF, dated February 1936 and one NY Naval Yard made RKF similar in all respects. I imagine that most of these US made RKF's met unceremonious ends after December 8, 1941!
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