This is a United States Coast Guard Flag, circa 1895-1930. The flag was machine printed on cotton. Ensign features an eagle on the canton, with spread wings and an olive branch in one talon with a bunch of arrows in the other. Above the eagle on the canton are thirteen stars in a semicircle. The flag also features alternating red and white stripes. On the right is a pair of anchors with "United States Coast Guard, 1790" written in the center. 1790 represents the year in which the service's ancestor, the U.S. Revenue Cutter Service was founded.
The Coast Guard Ensign was first flown by the Revenue Cutter Service in 1799 to distinguish revenue cutters from merchant ships. The order stated the Ensign would include "16 perpendicular stripes, alternate red and white, the union of the ensign to be the arms of the United States in a dark blue on a white field."
This Coast Guard 13-star flag is in good condition, with age-appropriate wear. Loss and fraying along the fly end. Small holes in upper and lower right corners on the body of the flag. Minimal surface discoloration. Canton is in tact with all stars. Two original grommets on top and bottom of the hoist. Printed on cotton.
Flag is mounted floating in a custom-built black frame. Flag is framed according to the highest conservation standards.
Framed dimensions: 41 1/2" H x 57 1/2" W x 2 3/4" D.