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This is a rare surviving 48 star World War II United States Naval (union) Jack. It is made of wool bunting that has been bound with machine stitching and the stars are stitched on and made of cotton. There is a heavy canvas binding along the hoist with two brass grommets. The flag survives in original condition with only a few stains on one side and some discoloration to the flag hoist from years of storage. This Jack is from the WWII era and has never been flown, surviving in like new condition. We believe the flag was surplus from the Norfolk Naval Shipyard here in Portsmouth, Virginia. Measures 28 X 47 inches.
This came to us as part of a group of US navy and international code flags from World War II with some as early as an "F" flag from the Navy Yard, New York dated June 1917!
A jack is a flag that looks like the union or canton of a national flag. For ships of the United States Navy, it is a blue flag containing a star for each state. On warships, the jack is flown from a flag pole (jack-staff) located on the vessel's bow when at anchor or in port. American fighting ships would display this jack in World War I, World War II, and the Korean War.
Dealers of nautical antiques and collectibles, marine art, lamps, lighting, ship salvage and hardware, Skipjack sells quality nautical furniture and furnishings, marine instruments, model boats, nautical gifts and decor. Skipjack’s Marine Art Gallery features marine paintings, sculptures, ship models and folk art featuring mermaids, whales, fish and fowl.
Please visit our online store again soon or if in the Hampton Roads (Tidewater) coastal region of Virginia, visit our marine gallery in historic Olde Towne Portsmouth. We're just a short distance from Virginia Beach, Colonial Williamsburg and the Outer Banks of North Carolina, and just across the river from downtown Norfolk. By boat, we're located at mile marker "0" of the Atlantic Intra-coastal Waterway!