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Found this old vintage Admiral’s personal flag Halberd topper today. This one is really nice with some nice wear and tear. 
 

This finial topper is used for all USN Flag Officers except the CNO. 
 

This is an older one piece construction version. The more modern Halberds are two pieces fastened together. 
 

 

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Nice piece and hard to find on the loose.

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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 Regulations stipulated the use of a lance head finial for flag officers' flagstaffs.  The use of the halberd was restored with official blessing in a change to Navy Regulations issued on December 28, 1935." 

 

***quoted from Joseph McMillan, Sea Flags website
  

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Thank you for all the comments. I also read that the halberd was re-introduced in the 1935 regulations. I however have been unable to find a picture of a halberd currently being used. 

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I finally found a picture of the Pacific Fleet Admiral’s barge and it currently flies the halberd on the bow. It is hard to see but the halberd is there. 
 

 

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I also found a picture of Admiral Nimitz’s barge from WW2. It looks like the halberd is flying atop the National Ensign on the stern. 
 

 

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Went back to the antique shop and found this one in the same booth. Did not notice this one when I found the Admiral’s Halberd. This one is for a Navy Captain flag finial. 
 

 

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