This flag would have been much to large for the LST or LCI's. This extremely large WWII U. Navy flag shows some of the most heavy duty stitching and rare added U. Naval sailor handmade structural supports. These crude and salty looking theater and improvised supports were added as to thread the rope through and provide more stability for the flag when in hoisted flying position.
This heavy duty WWII 48 star Naval flag shows extensive patchwork and stitching repairs. This flag is in good condition due to the time period repairs made to its cloth. It showcases a used, worn and sun/ocean stained appearance with repaired sections where the wind has frayed the cloth. These repairs can be seen on the blue section of the flag near one row of the 48 stars with quad (4) stitching running along the fabric in certain sections.
The flag also shows added white thread hand sewn in to repair the red stripes, as well as extensive and heavy duty patch work on some sections of the white stripes. This unknown added white cloth was placed over the torn and frayed sections where the powerful winds and wear from the ocean environment damaged the cloth. These repairs were done with extensively heavy cross stitch patterns and with the unidentified similar color white fabric added to repair the flag. This was most likely used as it was of similar color and readily available. While there are no visible factory and marker markings on this flag, they appear to be sun faded.This flag is extremely massive and its size is similar to the documented flags used on large U. The flag has a heavy duty wool bunting with sewn stripes & stars, finished with a roped canvas header with the original roped-off ends for masting. As an additional structural support, U. Navy sailors also added 3 heavy hand twisted metal loops (one on the top, middle, and bottom) for even more added protection and support from blowing winds. These were pierced through its fabric. The added metal ties show age and average rust.
Please note the BLACK and WHITE photograph is a digital photo found through historical research of this flag and similar flag types. The German flag below has been censored.If you would like the unedited historical photo please send us a DM after purchasing. This item is in the category "Collectibles\Militaria\WW II (1939-45)\Original Period Items\United States\Field Gear, Equipment". The seller is "premierrelics" and is located in this country: US. This item can be shipped worldwide.