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image by Tom Pountney, 7 January 2008
I have a small porcelain ashtray with a 6-pointed blue star on a white
triangular pennant. I am guessing that it is a shipping line, but I cannot
identify which one it belongs to. Most of the flags containing stars are
5-pointed ones; I wonder if you know any 6-pointed stars that match this
Tom Pountney, 7 January 2008
image by Greg Hunter, 19 February 2008
From all the information I have received so far, I believe this flag is a
post [US] Civil War Flag, sometime between (1870's & 1920's). Could be somehow
associated with War Bonds - however, prior to 1932.
"Handed down from my Great-Great-Grandfather is this large flag that I would like identified. The flag is beige, a blue Minuteman silhouetted in the center and a blue star in each corner. A red with white background shield in enter of Minuteman. My GG Grandfather was a Civil War Vet (62nd Ohio), and died in 1932."
Additional information I just uncovered that might be helpful clues as to this flag's origin:
Robert Lang, 4 March 2008
Many burgees in the Quantico Yacht Club were lost, destroyed,
soiled or damaged when Hurricane Isabel hit the QYC. We have some that we cannot
identify. Any help welcome.
No. 4 is not the Royal Geelong Yacht Club.
Robert Lang, Secretary, QYC, 4 March 2008
image by Karl Spence, 7 March 2008
Can you identify this shipping pennant seen on china?
Karl Spence, 7 March 2008
image by James at Nautilus Models, 29 March 2008
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I have been trying to identify this flag for some time now. The photo
is from the USS WAHOO taken on April 6, 1945. The closest thing I can guess is
that the two flags represent two passenger-transports sunk during the boats
fifth war patrol /TAMON MARU No5 / and /TAKAO MARU/. Is it possible the flag
represents the line the two ships belong to?
I have searched the FOTW site for obvious answers in trying to match the flag with no luck. I have determine the /TAMON MARU No5 /belonged to the Nanyo Kaiun K.K., line of Osaka, having been sold from Osaka Shosen K.K. in 1939.
Thank you for any help or clues you may provide,
James, 29 March 2008
The front room of my flat opens onto the Great North Road, a major highway in
the North of England, and I often sit and watch the different forms of road
transport which pass by and stop at the traffic signal about twenty meters from
my window. About ten minutes ago I saw a large HGV [semi-trailer] bearing a flag
on its side which I have never seen before. The tarpaulin was red, and the words
HABICHT EUROPA were written along the sides in large white sans serif block
lettering, while beneath this were the words SPEDITION - TRANSPORT in slightly
smaller white block lettering. To the left of the word Habicht, as seen by the
viewer, was a white flag attached to a black staff with a button top and with
two black tasseled cords attached, while an identical flag was positioned to the
right of the word EUROPA. Because of the flagstaff and cords I feel safe in
describing these as flags and not simply as logos.
The flags have a white field with red fimbriation around all four sides, and are canting in that they are charged with the image of a hawk (Habicht is the German word for hawk) with wings displayed. The hawk is black, with a golden beak and talons and with red dots for eyes, a curved red tongue extending from the beak, and with black tail feathers tipped with red; there is also a large golden sans serif block letter H on the bird's breast. The hawk is shown with its head facing to the left on the flag to the left of the word HABICHT, and facing to the right on the flag to the right of the word EUROPA. There was no country identification, not even a phone/fax number or an e-mail address, either along the sides of the trailer, the rear doors (which simply had HABICHT EUROPA inscribed on them), or on the cab.
Ron Lahav, 18 April 2008
image by David Kendall, 20 April 2008
While out on an afternoon excursion to a nearby town, Lockport, I noticed an
odd flag flying outside a fast food restaurant there, along with a Canadian flag
on the next pole. I was completely baffled at first, but I realized a few
minutes later that red-white-yellow-black are traditional First Nations colours,
and are often seen in S. Manitoba (and probably other places) to denote
businesses, etc. that are geared to Aboriginals. (An aboriginal friend of mine
says that the colours mean "peace"). This could possibly denote that the owner
of the restaurant is Aboriginal, but what the particular flag signifies exactly,
I'm not sure. Does anyone have any insight?
David Kendall, 20 April 2008
image provided by Ralf Hartemink, 16 May 2008
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I wonder if you can help with this crest? It would be really helpful to find out the location as it would help me to establish where a mystery World War two youth pennant was used. I'm assuming that this is a German crest but it may also be from one of the German Reich territories 1933-1945. The number 817 refers to the unit.
So far I have excluded : whole Czech Republic, region Opole (Poland), Alsace,
Lorraine, Belgium, Denmark, Holland, Westfalen, Hannover, Saarland, Pfalz and
Hessen... My opinion is that it is actually the arms of the town (tulips)
and the region
(cross), which makes me think like Rheinland somewhere. But no existing arms as far as I can tell.
Ralf Hartemink, 16 May 2008
One (slight) possibility considering the character is a saint (based on the
halo around his head) is that the cross is a saint's one
although the colour is impossible to determine.
Marc Pasquin, 16 May 2008
My first impression is somewhere in Franconia (roughly the northern half of
Bavaria). The zigzag in the left coat of arms looks very much like the "Frankenrechen" (Franconian
rake), which is the Franconian coat of arms -
http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/Image:Frankenrechen.svg. Many locations in
this region incorporate this symbol in their own coats of arms, so perhaps it
might be there somewhere.
Simon Dodds, 16 May 2008
I have a small swallow tail flag color green appears to be cotton. Sewn on it
at the top is a four digit number, below that are two crossed flintlock pistols
and below that is "POW". I got this in a military items lot with no further
information. Any information or insight from you would be appreciated.
Mike, 23 May 2008
On 6th June I passed a yacht in the English channel near Eastbourne, flying a
Dutch flag, defaced in the upper hoist with a blue cross on a white field - I
have trailed through various flag sites but cannot identify it.
Wim Wognum, 6 June 2008
The burgee is triangular (point to right), yellow border on black material,
with rear view of sitting cat with striped tail. It is obviously at least 50
If it helps, both my father (born 1917) and my grandfather were great sailors. My father was in the Merchant Navy through the war, first as a Cadet with BISN Co, then on the Atlantic Run. He was then with East African Railways and Harbours from pilot through to port manager. He belonged to Dar-es-Salaam. Mombasa, Mtwara & Tanga Yacht Clubs. His Father was in the British army 7 served in India (where he also sailed.) He then settled in UK and sailed on the Solent. Any ideas for this flag?
Pippa Jarman, 10 July 2008
It could be a private signal
José C. Alegria, 10 July 2008
Scattered throughout the site are many other unidentified flags. Here is a partial list if you want to test yourself!