Vintage Parris Island, South Carolina Felt Pennant

This is an original, vintage Parris Island, South Carolina pennant. The pennant is blue, with white script which reads "Parris Island/ S.C". Closer to the hoist end is the Marines emblem- a spread wing eagle, globe, and anchor. A yellow hoist band includes original red ties. 

The Marines emblem is very symbolic. The Eagle is the symbol of the United States, and it is the one part of the emblem that readily associates the Marine Corps with the United States. The globe signifies the worldwide commitment of the Marine Corps and its areas of responsibility. Marines serve in any clime or place. The fouled Anchor, whose origin dates back to the founding of the Marine Corps in 1775, represents the amphibious nature of the Marines’ duties and emphasizes the close ties between the Marine Corps and the U.S. Navy.

Parris Island is the second-oldest Marine Corps Base. Purchased in 1715 by Alexander Parris, Parris Island overlooks Port Royal Sound, one of the best deep-water harbors along the eastern seaboard. During the Civil War in 1861, Union forces captured the harbor for use by the Navy. The area’s strategic location allowed federal forces to strike at the Confederacy and greatly contributed to the final Union victory.

An act of Congress, approved on Aug. 7, 1882, authorized the establishment and construction of a coaling dock and naval store house at Port Royal Harbor and allocated $20,000 for the work. A board of naval officers, appointed by the Secretary of the Navy, selected Parris Island as the site. On June 26, 1891, to help protect the interests of the government during construction, a Marine guard consisting of one sergeant, two corporals and 10 privates were assigned to Port Royal, thus establishing the first Marine post on the island. Proper housing for the guard was slow in coming, with the Marines moving into barracks nearly two years after the post was created. 

Since 1915, Parris Island's primary mission has been to train new Marines. During World War I, recruit training lasted eight weeks. Today it is 13 weeks. Over a million men and women have trained there, and have served the United States all over the globe.


Very good condition, considering age and past use. Felt has softened slightly and blue has faded. Lettering and Marines logo still fully intact. 

Pennant has been archivally mounted and presented in a custom-built frame. Framed dimensions: 19" H x 36" W x 1.5" D.

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