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Below is a series of images of flags that have been provided to FOTW; some we have recognized, and some we have been unable to recognize. If you can help us identify any of these flags, please let us know! Contact the: .

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Flags on this page

  1. Black Pennant, F in White Disk
  2. Possible Palestinian Flag
  3. Triband with Black Hoist
  4. Stickpin Flag
  5. Pharaoh Flag
  6. Three Black Stars
  7. US Shipping Flag on a Gravy Boat
  8. WWII Nazi Flag, Blue Canton and Gold Post Horn
  9. Whaling Flag
  10. Red-Black-Red with Eagle
  11. Black Flag, White Disk
  12. Yellow-Black Diamond and Disk
  13. Navy League Flag
  14. Equestrian Statue with Flag
  15. Red Cross Flag
  16. Two Hand-Held Flags from Cape Town
  17. White Pennant, Two Black Crosses
  18. Z & Co. House Flag
  19. Georgian-NATO Flag?
  20. Four Red Rays and H
  21. Blue DTC Pennant
  22. Saint George's Cross on Blue English Flags
  23. S on Red and White
  24. Black-Red-Black Nazi Flag
  25. Scandinavian Flag with off-centred Cross
  26. World War I Patriotic Tapestry
  27. House Flag on British and Portuguese Ships
  28. Red-Blue Flag in Crimea
  29. Red Flag, Ring of Stars
  30. Cincinnati Flag
  31. Burma Campaign Flag?
  32. Unknown Sunburst Flag
  33. Unknown Dutch University Flag

Flags on other pages

  • Unidentified flags submitted in 2002 or earlier
  • Unidentified flags submitted in 2003
  • Unidentified flags submitted in 2004
  • Unidentified flags submitted in 2005
  • Unidentified flags submitted in 2007
  • Unidentified flags submitted in 2008
  • Unidentified flags submitted in 2009
  • Unidentified flags submitted in 2010

1. Black Pennant, F in White Disk

Positive ID

Image provided by Scott Burke

This flag is 42 inches long. We bought an old farmhouse here in midcoast Maine - Nobleboro. It was hanging on the wall in the barn. The tacks holding it up were very rusty, so I think it had been there quite a while.
Scott Burke, 14 August 2006

I'm pretty sure this is a prize pennant for the series of annual Friendship Sloop races held by the Friendship Sloop Society. The pennants are made in three versions, blue with a white ball and blue letter "F" I think is first place; red with white ball and red letter is second place I believe; and white with a blue ball and white letter is third. I witnessed the award ceremony some 18 or 20 years ago, so I am relying on my memory here, but I'm fairly certain that is what it is.
Dave Martucci, 16 August 2006

2. Possible Palestinian Flag

Image by Rob Raeside

I saw a flag that looks exactly like the Palestinian flag- same colors and shapes, except the base of the triangle is situated along the length of the flag (instead of the width part) and the point of the triangle reaches to the other side of the flag (unlike the Palestinian flag where it just goes about 1/4 of the way in). Someone had it in New York City.
John Ether, 7 January 2006

3. Triband with Black Hoist

Tentative ID

Image by Flavio C.

I live in the L.A. area, and saw a flag on a sticker on the back of someone's car. I did not recognize it at all, I was hoping you or somebody else may know it offhand. (I tried using the flag identifier, but couldn't find it.) The flag had a black hoist, with 3 horizontal stripes (red, white, and blue). In the black area, there was some sort of design in yellow. I have attached an illustration (without the yellow design). The car sped past me, I really didn't get a very good look at that yellow design.
Flavio C., 18 January 2006

I would be almost certain that this flag is a version of the unofficial 'Benelux' flag. The unidentified yellow design in the hoist would then be the yellow rampant lion. Compare this described design with the design under 'Benelux' on the FOTW site and you will see what I mean. I have also seen a similar flag design used in the shipmate flagchart to indicate Dutch/Flemish language (black lion rampant on yellow field).
Peter Bradley, 20 March 2006

4. Stickpin Flag

Positive ID

UFE06-4 has been identified as a stick pin of the Slavia Praha Rowing Club and is on its proper page.

5. Pharoah Flag

Photo from Don Macnaughtan, 2 June 2006

I came across this striking and beautiful UFE displayed in a storefront in Atlanta. I suspect it's the flag of those African-Americans (and others) who identify with the concept that the ancient Egyptian civilizations were black African in origin. The store owner explained some of the symbolism, but I can't find any other provenance.
Don Macnaughtan, 2 June 2006

6. Three Black Stars

Positive ID

Image by Željko Heimer, 26 November 2006

A visitor of my FAME pages asked a question on which I need help. Here is my condensed translation of Maurizio's question: "... a photo showing a steamship in front of Rijeka (Fiume) harbour around 1910 or so. On the funnel one can clearly see the flag, as attached. Could you identify the ship or at least the company itwould belong..." It is not quite clear from the question whether the flag is an actual flag flying or something painted on the funnel, but it may not be of big difference for the identification. I would guess that colours might not have been interpreted correctly by Maurizio, black being to so common choice in the house flags (as it seems to me), but this is just my guess.
Željko Heimer, 26 November 2006

Stewart's Flags & Funnels of 1963 shows a flag of similar design but different colours; a red bend sinister charged with three white stars on a blue flag. It is listed as Pittaluga, Ditta Luigi, Vapori of Genoa.
David Prothero, 27 November 2006

Image from Maurizio Grbac, 10 December 2006
(click on image for larger picture)

Maurizio has sent me a scanned photo, showing the flag clearly. There the rectangular flag is clearly visible with white (falling!) diagonal with three stars. The background colour of the flag might as well be red or blue... The funnel shows the same flag (but with rising the diagonal, but this may well be because this is the starboard side of the ship, the other side might have the proper flag). The Austro-Hungarian merchant ensign is clearly visible at the stern. Unfortunately, the ship's name is not readable. According to David's finding there was a Genoese company that afterwards used a similar flag although in blue with red diagonal and white stars. It may be that this latter flag is based on flag of some earlier company that the Vapori Ditta Luigi Pittaluga of Genoa inherited in some way.
Željko Heimer, 10 December 2006

I received the following from Maurizio Grbac: "I'd like to inform you that with a help of a friend of mine Marijan Zuvic from Split we manage to identify a ship and a company. Ship name is Etelka and was first and only Austro-Hungarian oil tanker in Adriatic. The shipping company name is Photogen Transport Co. Ltd., Fiume, AT-HU, 1896-1909."
David Prothero, 13 December 2006

Now we have to find out more about this Photogen - I am more and more convinced that the flag is not black. For some reason I envision that the flag might be red with white diagonal and maybe blue stars, but this is just a "feeling".
Željko Heimer, 14 December 2006

The company is not in any of the Flag Institute Library material. Red seems more likely - the kind of emulsion that was used on photographic plates at that time had the effect of darkening yellows, bright reds and bright greens, so that they appear as dark grey, or even black in the finished print.
Ian Sumner, 14 December 2006

The Lloyds (1912)  House Flags and Funnels at the The Mystic Seaport Foundation website, lists Pittaluga as being a company with no house flag in 1912, and doesnot have an illustration of a house flag that resembles the one in thephotograph. Pittaluga was the Italian company that had a red diagonal bearing white stars on a blue flag in 1957.
David Prothero, 14 December 2006

This can possibly be put to bed. See a colour picture of "Etelka" at Apparently relates to her arrival 12.12.1892 which means the B&W photo showing the same design in 1910 means no change and therefore the markings belong to the owners Mineral Oil Refinery Co. formed 7.10.1822 as a Rothschild subsidiary. Photogen Transport Co. Ltd. were only managers given as starting in 1896 and were possibly connected with Nederlandsche Petroleum Maatschappij Photogen Co. of Amsterdam and who seem to be connected it some way as well. From the picture the flag is red, the diagonal band white and whilst the stars are not clear black would seem likely.
Neale Rosanoski, 27 July 2008

7. US Shipping Flag on a Gravy Boat

Positive ID

Image provided by Paul Van Vactor, 4 July 2006

Can you identify a logo - could be a steamship line. Here's the flag logo - it is on a restaurant china style gravy boat.
Paul Van Vactor, 4 July 2006

The unidentified flag submitted July 4, 2006 is the signal burgee of the St. Francis Yacht Club -
Kett Cummins, 22 August 2006

8. World War II Nazi Flag, Blue Canton and Gold Post Horn

Some Speculation

Image provided by Tom Fothergill, 8 January 2010

I was wondering if you could help me identify a flag my grandfather sequestered when he was in the war. It seems like a ceremonial flag, rather large (around 3-4 ft x 4-5 ft?) with silver fringe around its entirety and 4 large metal rings on the hoist. It is the typical black swastika on white circle on red design, however it has a blue canton with a gold post horn on the upper hoist. I would appreciate it greatly if you could identify it for me or point me in the direction of someone who can.
Tom Fothergill, 23 June 2006

The rings and fringe makes it sound like a unit colours. With the horn and the fact that Reichpost apparently used blue as a distinctive colour for their post box and uniform, could it be the flag used by post office employees on parade?
Marc Pasquin, 23 June 2006

An interesting flag. I am almost sure that this flag was never officially in use. The swastika is set square (not on its point) on the white field. This swastika position was only used in the beginning of the Nazi era, more probable even before 1933. The post horn is a unique version, obviously not taken from an official postal flag. It could be that in the beginning of the Nazi regime about 1933 some officials of a post office who were supporters of the Nazis, took a NSDAP party flag and added a post horn. As previously stated, the flag is not known to have any official status and seems to be a unique model.
Fornax, 8 January, 2010

9. Whaling Flag

I am trying to locate information about a house flag with the letters BH on it. This flag is depicted on scrimshaw that may be pre-civil war. It is carved flying on a tall ship and does not have a straight side (similar to < on the edge). Any information you can provide would be greatly appreciated.
Virginia Willard, 9 July 2006

10. Red-Black-Red with Eagle

Image by Thomas Ostrognai, 8 August 2006

Does anybody recognize this flag?
Thomas Ostrognai

11. Black Flag, White Disk

Positive ID

This is the flag of the "Monarchy is Racist End Monarchy Referendum" Party and is now located on its proper page.

12. Yellow-Black Diamond and Disk

Image by Ivan Sache, 3 September 2006

This flag was found on a plate. My father, who owned the plate, did not have any direct connection with the sea, although he did buy similar plates that had been used on ships, so it is still possible that it is a house flag.
Valerie Marsh, 3 September 2006

13. Navy League Flag

Image from Shawn Goodwin, 22 September 2006

I have become, in the last year, the Branch President of a Navy League Corps. NLCC Ark Royal, Toronto, ON, Can. ( ). And for the record I luv it! Our NL Corps. was granted, Oct 31/44, but prior to that Ark Royal was a Sea Cadet Corps. comprised of two other that joined together (Haida and Illustrious). In '44 the NL and Sea split up, with the S.C. part taking the name of RCSCC Vanguard, who now meet at HMCS York. In my last year, I have been counting stores and I am astounded all the time by the things I find. Pictures, signed by Admirals, etc. of HMS Ark Royal from the 40s and up until the 80's. We have some paintings on the walls of the Duke of York sailing HMS something (can't remember of the top), huge oil paintings. A huge painting of HMS Ark Royal (which while researching I have found a copy of on-line from some book). All these things I'm going to have appraised, because I believe we are sitting on a small fortune and don't even know it. Time will tell. Saying that, I think this ensign was more than likely presented to the original NL Ark Royal and happened to stay with us. As you may know a long time ago NL seemed to have carried a lot more prestige and dignitary visits were common. Anyhow, just this Thursday someone brought me this flag (attached photo) and said that they found it in their closet and wanted to return it to its rightful owners (that would be our Corps.). I accepted it gracefully, but now am searching for the time frame and where it came from.
Shawn Goodwin, 22 September 2006

14. Equestrian Statue with Flag

Image from Bill Garrison
[click on image for larger picture]

Possibly an Arab-Russian flag. Perhaps someone might be give more information?
Bill Garrison, 1 September 2006

15. Red Cross Flag

Positive ID

Image contributed by Robin

Any help on identifying the attached flag? The number at the bottom is 1919. I was given a gift of a paper flag, it is dated 1919, it has a big red cross in the center, a wide dark blue outside border, then a thin white border then a narrow blue border, when you lay it flat in front of you to the left of the red cross there are three little red crosses. Someone suggested that it might be a quarantine flag that appeared on the houses at that time, others have said maybe on a Red Cross ambulance. Any help you could give would be appreciated I would just like to know more about it.
Robin, 2 September 2006

This is an official variant of the the Red Cross Service Flag. Service flags were all the rage during the First World Wwar, being used not only in the United States, but in Canada and Australia as well, albeit somewhat unofficially in the latter country. Everyone wanted to get on board and the success of the military version spawned many other "Service Flags." I am writing a fairly long and comprehensive account of this phenomenon for future publication. (Canadians and Australians take note: I am looking for more information regarding these types of flags in your countries. Write to me if you have information. Thanks.) At any rate, the Red Cross adopted a Service Flag in 1918 that altered the red border of the US Service Flag to blue and placed a red cross in the center. For each additional Red Cross member in the household an additional smaller red cross could be added. Some variants used the same basic design, but with a border of B-W-B rather than all blue. There is a poster of one of these at
Dave Martucci, 4 January 2010

16. Two Hand-held Flags from Cape Town

Positive ID

First flag

Images provided Bruce Berry, 29 November 2006

Second flag

Images provided by Bruce Berry, 29 November 2006

I found two flags which I cannot identify at a militaria dealer in Cape Town. These are hand-held flags stitched together back-to-back on short wooden poles - obverse (on the left, above) and reverse (on the right, above) being different in each case. They obviously relate to a royal event - the coronation of George VI perhaps?? Can anyone assist in identifying the flags.
Bruce Berry, 29 November 2006

The Coronation took place on 12th of May, 1937. George VI acceded to the throne on 11th December, 1936 upon the abdication of his brother, the uncrowned Edward VIII. There was no royal visit to South Africa in 1938. The famous visit took place in 1947, during which our present Queen celebrated her 21st birthday.  It is interesting that Bruce originally identified these flags as British. They may, of course, very well be from South Africa, of which country George VI was King throughout his reign. The royal cypher GR (Georgius Rex) is, however, that which was used following Indian independence in 1947. Up to that point, the cypher GRI (Georgius Rex et Imperator) was more usual, though I believe that much depended on whether the cypher was used within or without the UK. Is it possible, therefore, that one of these flags is of later date than the other? As for what they represent, I'm afraid I haven't a clue.
Peter Johnson, 29 November 2006

When I hear "ARU" I instantly think of the Australian Rugby Union - South Africa toured to Australia in '37. But the backs look distinctly like naval and air force flags.
James Dignan, 30 November 2006

The designs on these flags looked very much like cap badges to me and I referred them to a former colleague RAdm (JG) A.G. Soderlund (SA Navy (Rtd)) who collects everything, including cap badges, for an opinion. They proved not to be cap badges, but by a process of elimination using the initials A.R.U. they arrived at Army Rugby Union. Eureka! Following this trail he arrived at the annual Navy, Army and Air Force rugby tournament at Twickenham in London. The black flag with the dated design with the initials RN of course represents the Royal Navy Rugby Union. The crown and eagle (which looks rather more like a very peaceable dove!) with the date underneath on the light blue field, represents the Royal Air Force Rugby Union and the reddish field with the George VI cypher and the initials A.R.U. underneath represents the British Army Rugby Union. It would appear that someone at one time or another sewed two of Navy Rugby Union flags to a RAF and Army flags back-to-back. It would be interesting to know what was on the other side of each. It might even have been deliberate as table flags at the subsequent mess dinner or celebration.
Andries Burgers, 7 December 2006

17. White Pennant, Two Black Crosses

Positive ID

Image by Chris and Ellie McIntire, 10 September 2006

We were wondering if you might know anything about this pennant.
Chris and Ellie McIntire, 10 September 2006

The white pennant with two black crosses is very reminiscent of, but not identical to, a signal flag used by the Royal Navy c1928. I suspect it is possibly a yacht pennant, possibly even the personal burgee of a club Commodore.
Lesley Prince, 9 February 2008

This white pennant, fimbriated black having two black crosses ordered vertically at the hoist side. It is the pennant of Yacht-Club Gode Wind, located in Kiel. A small image you can find at this webpage:
Klaus-Michael Schneider, 21 February 2009

Now that I'm aware of it, I see it often around Kiel, and between Germany and Denmark."
Peter Hans van den Muijzenberg, 1 February 2010

18. Z & Co. House Flag

Positive ID

Image by Mark K., 18 September 2006

I came across this flag on a small tray. Looks nautical to me. Any help greatly appreciated.
Mark K., 18 September 2006

Mark is quite right. It is the house flag of Zerssen & Co. of Rendsburg, Germany who operated from pre WW2 to around 1980. Die Deutsche Handelsflotte of 1957 with their supplementary Flaggen & Schornsteine show it correctly, other flag books are not so accurate.
Neale Rosanoski, 1 November 2006

19. Georgian NATO Flag?

Positive ID

Image from Esteban Rivera

I visited this website called on Russian Peacekeepers and there is an image showing what seems to be a NATO - Georgian flag ( ).
Esteban Rivera, 27 September 2006

More knowledge of the context in which the image is shown seems to be required before calling this graphic representation a flag. The images appears here: It relinks to an article that does not show the "flag":
Ivan Sache, 28 September 2006

Not quite directly related, but close...I received a table flag from a friend who was a member of the UN peace-keeping mission in Georgia. The flag is based on the UN flag, light blue with the white UN emblem, and defaced with dark blue inscription: UNOMIG to the hoist of the emblem, MOONNG (in Cyrillic) to the fly of the emblem, and below in two rows full name of the mission in English and Russian, "United National Observer Mission in Georgia" (Missiya OON po Nablyodeniyo v Gruzii)
Željko Heimer, 1 October 2006

That's not a flag, but a graphic, I think just to picture Georgia and NATO. They do something similar with Ukraine and NATO.
Peter Hans van den Muijzenberg, 5 February 2010

After 4 years of searching for this symbol on a flag, I think we can safely call it positively a graphic, not a flag.
UFE Editor, 5 February 2010

20. Four Red Rays and H

Some Speculation

Image supplied by Ray Weinmann, 8 October 2006

I'm going nuts trying to identify a WW2 Flag brought back with German war stuff and Japanese. Most items were German, all real. The flag looks a bit like a U-boat flag. Has red rays to 4 corners with something in center or flag. Is white field, red rays to 4 corners and has a black H in blue circle in center of flag. Stitching is similar to Kreigsflag edge. unmarked about 5ft. x 31/2 ft. I attach a picture. Any help would be appreciated.
Ray Weinmann, 8 October 2006

This is a long shot, but... the colours and design of this flag are similar to Polish military flags. And, maybe coincidentally, deep bluish violet was the colour the Nazis used to identify Poles. At a much, much longer shot, if I had to make a complete guess (which would be little more than a stab in the dark) I'd suggest that it was the flag of Poles fighting alongside the Russians on the eastern front ("H" might then be the cyrillic N, possibly for "The people"). Unfortunately I've no idea whether such a flag ever existed, or - indeed - how many if any Poles did fight on that front (most free Polish military was based in the U.K.)
James Dignan, 9 October 2006

James´ speculations are interesting, but I feel are off the mark. This is not a Polish military flag. It is almost most likely some kind of the German service flag, although I don't have any idea of what kind.
Chrystian Kretowicz, 6 February 2010

I agree with Chris about this not being Polish, but this also isn´t any German service flag that I'm aware of. I am now almost convinced that it is some houseflag of a (German??) shipping company. Here, for example, is a similar one with green rays and a slightly different "H." Shipping companies very often use flags with some kind of letter(s) on them like this.
Fornax, 10 February 2010

21. Blue Pennant DTC

Positive ID

Image by Jon "Manatee Manatee," 24 October 2006

I cannot find any information about this pennant - any help appreciated.
Jon "Manatee Manatee", 24 October 2006

This pennant uses the logo of the now defunct Deutcher Touring Club (German Touring Car Club - DTC) from the 1950s. Their original logo is shown on the history page of the Der Fieser Luftkühlers VW Club, who also use the same symbol of the Eagle and the DTC logo. Their badge can be also found at German Car Badges.
Richard Hall, 1 April 2010

This is correct, but notice the reused logo on the Der Fieser Luftkühlers VW Club shield is actually "DFL." They just did a good job of making it look similar.
Peter Hans van den Muijzenberg, 8 April 2010

22. Saint George's Cross on Blue English Flags

Some Speculation

   Images provided by David Prothero, 9 October 2006

Two similar unidentified English flags - St George's cross on a blue flag.

  1. At left above: at the masthead of a 17th century warship.
  2. At right above: on the ensign staff of a ship at Londonderry 1689.

1. In a painting of a ship built in 1637 as "Sovereign of the Seas," re-built in 1660 as "Sovereign," re-built in 1685 as "Royal Sovereign," and destroyed in 1697. The right half of the painting is a portrait of Peter Pett who built the ship, while the left half is a stern view of the ship. A red flag with a small St. George canton is at the stern and high above it on the main mast flys a red St. George's Cross on a blue fielded flag.

Image from Nation Pictures Gallery, 9 October 2006

James Taylor in "Marine Painting" wrote that Sir Peter Lely (1610- 1670) painted the portrait and the landscape, while the ship may have been by Lely, or done separately by Issac Sailmaker (c1633-1721). The National Portrait Gallery now describe it as "possibly after Sir Peter Lely, probably 18th century." Marks in each quarter of the flag might be emblems, or might be shading.

2. In an unidentified painting that was used as an illustration in the television programme about David Tennant in the series "Who Do You Think You Are?" (Dr. Who). The painting is a general view of Londonderry walls and the river Foyle, and includes one of the three ships that broke the bar across the river and thus ended the siege of Londonderry in 1689. The ships were the warship 'Dartmouth', and merchant ships "Mountjoy" of Derry and "Phoenix" of Coleraine. The cross probably has white fimbriations, and there might possibly be something at the centre of the cross.
David Prothero, 9 October 2006

I would say that the white fimbriation [on the second flag] is definite. I attach my capture of it, and, to complement yours, I provide the image of the whole ship in case its configuration can help with identification. She also flying flags at the top of each mast which could conceivably be some sort of Red Ensign.
André Coutanche, 9 October 2006

Image provided by David Prothero, 5 December 2006

A reference to this design as a flag and as the canton of an ensign appears in "Flags of the World" (c.1894) by F.E. Hulme. He describes the ensign as being a curious modification of a St George's cross Red Ensign and continues; "It is from a sea piece of the sixteenth century. It was displayed at the poop of a vessel, while Fig.79 is the Jack on the bowsprit." If 16th century is correct, this flag was earlier than the Union Jack, and the ensign was the first (?) example of a plain, un-striped, ensign.
David Prothero, 5 December 2006

Concerning the images here, particularly the one on the left, I don't think it's white on blue. I've found another picture of the same ship ) and it's got a red and blue flag. If you look closely at your picture you'll see a pinkish hue. It actually looks like some sort of heraldic flag - a royal ensign perhaps? If it's the same flag (better picture: then it's the royal standard that was in use around the union of the crowns.
"wonkotsane", 31 July 2007

James VI etc. Not the same flag. The other one might be, but looking closer at it, is this even the same ship? If the Sovereign is supposed to have a carving of a horseman, then the ship beside Peter Pett appears to differ too much. Note the size of the cross on the Ensign. Regarding differences, note that the ensign in the second image looks different.
Peter Hans van den Muijzenberg, 31 July 2007

23. S on Red and White

Image by Phil Dean, 1 November 2006

I think the flag shown in the attached photo is some kind of German Navy signal flag. Can you give me any information on it?
Phillip Dean, 1 November 2006

24. Black-Red-Black Nazi Flag

Some Speculation

Image provided by Rob Arbuckle, Toronto, 30 May 2006

Was wondering if you could help me identify this flag. My father brought it back from the second war. He said it was taken from a German staff car. I have searched your site but have not found this flag. Any help would be very much appreciated. The flag is encased in plastic.
Rob Arbuckle, Toronto, 30 May 2006

World War 2 Hermann Goering Panzer unit - the panzers colors were Pink and Black.
Rick Prohaska, 9 July 2006

I saw the most recent flag on the Unidentified Flags or Ensigns (2006) page (Black-Red-Black Tricolore with eagle and swastika) today and believe it to be the Car Ensign for the Commanding Officer of an Army or SS Battalion or Regiment, possibly Artillery (though they use Red-Black-Red with a number).
Matthias Bautt, 25 July 2006

The eagle on the flag is definitely a Luftwaffe (Air Force) eagle.  Therefore, we can certainly say it was not on an Army, Navy, or SS staff car.  As far as the black-red-black background, I do not know the significance there.
Rob Arbuckle, 4 August 2006

This flag is obviously a Luftwaffen-flag that was used during WWII. It resembles very much another flag that is black-green-black (see (although the description might be incorrect at this website, due the "Waffenfarbe"). The red colour might indicate NCO, FLAK etc. (see
Nahne Bienk, 30 August 2006

OK, here we go again, this flag is from the Herman Goering Panzer division which was a Luftwaffe division, assigned as a panzer type division to provide security to the airfields used by the luftwaffe, The pink colors in the center of most main unit flags were to signify the panzer unit status, the Red in this case was from the vehicle of a commander of an artillery sub unit of this division, Artillery has used the color red in the British, American, Confederate, and German Army for centuries, The Unit found itself engaged in more and more ground assault as air superiority shifted to the allied powers.
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Rick Prohaska, 30 January 2010

I take it you're saying this was the unit flag from 1943 onwards. Hm, if we use pink to identify this as Panzer, we can't use red to identify it as artillery. The middle stripe has only a single colour, so it must be either pink or red. "Schlag nach!" (1939) shows the colours red and pink indeed were used as field for the standards for the Artillerie and the Kraftfahr-kampftruppe, it also shows the Regiment "General Göring" as having a green standard. That's not all that surprising, since it was Luftwaffe, but it does go a bit against your interpretation. Do you, along with all your other references, have one that shows this specific unit used those colours, rather than this documented green, and rather than American units doing so? I fear in these three cases, we do not have a logical derivation from the sources, so it is not positively identified. I fear we also don't have a logical derivation that we're lacking the sources for, so no tentative identification either. That would tentatively make this speculation, until Rick helps us with references to the missing links regarding the colours. (Or until someone else does, of course.)
Peter Hans van den Muijzenberg, February 2010

25. Scandinavian Flag with off-centred Cross

Positive ID

Image provided by Fred

I ran into this unidentified flag. It seems to be of Scandinavian origin. Anyone knows where it could be from?
Fred, 22 December 2006

I was told a few months back that this flag was a proposed flag for Greenland.
Fred, 11 April 2010

Editor´s note: I hate it when we fail and the enquirer has to find out for themselves! Apparently, the Home Rule government organized a design contest in 1980 and 555 proposals were sent in, 293 of them from Greenland, this was one of those. In the final decision, the red and white flag with the circle used today won over the more traditional green and white Scandinavian cross designs by a close vote of 14 to 11. At first some Greenlanders were dissatisfied with the decision not to adopt a Scandinavian cross flag, but the red and white flag now seems to have been accepted and appreciated (paraphrased from comments on FOTW by Jan Oskar Engene, 10 March 1996).
Pete Loeser, 11 April 2010

26. World War I Patriotic Tapestry

Image provided by Andrew

I possess a patriotic tapestry, which bears the flags of the Allied Powers in the First World War, at the time 1916. I have identified the flags of Great Britain, Japan, Serbia, Italy, Belgium, Montenegro, Russia and France. I am curious about the original purpose of the tapestry. I bought it second-hand, and I do not know its provenance. It bears a Lion Rampant in the centre escutcheon. It also bears oak branches tied with a purple ribbon; I am unclear of the symbolism of these features. The background material is olive drab, which has strong military connotations. Perhaps it was meant for a Highland regiment in Canada or Britain.
Andrew, 26 December 2006

27. House Flag on British and Portuguese Ships

Tentative ID

In a private collection are two paintings signed S. Walters, one dated 1851, the other 1852. One represents British topsail schooner "Lanesfield" leaving the Mersey; the painting of 1852 shows a Portuguese brig (no name visible) leaving the Tagus. Lloyds Register for 1856 states that the "Lanesfield" belonged to G.B. Carr of London, and traded between Liverpool and Lisbon. Both ships display what is believed to be a house-flag -- a white triangle, bordered red, bearing a black ball and the Union in the upper corner. What is this flag and why is it worn by two vessels of differing nationality ?
David Prothero, 10 December 2006

Could it be that both ships belonged to G.B. Carr and therefore used the same house flag? He might have been running a regular service between Lisbon and Liverpool with one ship homeported in each port and therefore registered accordingly? Perhaps Walters was commissioned by Carr to paint his ships wherever they might be? Guessing of course.
Andries Burgers, 10 December 2006

This is probably the explanation. At least fifteen British shipping companies incorporated the Union Jack into their houseflag, six using it as a canton. Still the correct houseflag even on a company ship registered in Portugal.
David Prothero, 12 December 2006

28. Red-Blue Flag in Crimea

Positive ID

At is this anti-NATO graffitti displaying a row of soviet-era flags, from left to right:

Any ideas on this fifth flag?
António Martins-Tuválkin, 16 June 2006

It seems to me, that I know the flag depicted in item "Red-blue flag in Crimea". I'm not quite sure, but it may be the flag of Progressive Socialist Party of Ukraine. They have a site, but its English version is incomplete ( But the red star on the blue disc-is their symbol, and they were actively involved in the anti-NATO action mentioned.
Sergiusz Dnieprovsky, 22 August 2006

29. Red Flag, Ring of Stars

Positive ID

Image from Michael P. Smuda, 1 May 2006

I was able to buy a group of 4"x6" desk flags in California, 24 for $5.00 USD, which is quite a bargain. I have not been able to identify two of them and would like to ask for your help. The first one is red with a circle of ten black 5-point stars with another black 5-point star in the center.
Michael P. Smuda, 1 May 2006

I have two sets of flags containing this flag. I bought the second set just to get the booklet that explains what each flag is. The front cover of the booklet says "HISTORICAL FLAG COLLECTION OF OUR AMERICAN HERITAGE". The back cover says "COMMEMORATION OF OUR BICENTENNIAL VONS GROCERY CO." The Red flag, ring of stars, is number 40 and is listed as "Confederate Battle Ensign" again with a paragraph:

Like the struggling united colonies before it, the fledgling Confederate states fought under many banners. These battle flags included the "Palmetto Flag," the "Bonnie Blue Flag," and the "Pelican Flag." They symbolized the South much as the Pine Tree and Rattlesnake flags symbolized the colonies, during the Revolution. This simple Confederate ensign, battle-weary, bloodstained, symbolizes the horror and death of war, whenever and whenever it is fought.
Dale Grimes, 24 June 2006

This flag is a replica of an 1861 Confederate "independence flag". The stars are dark blue, not black. The flag is pictured on page 136 of Boleslaw Mastai's book "The Stars and the Stripes" (Alfred A. Knopf, New York; 1973; ISBN 0-394-47217-9)
Dave Martucci, 26 June 2006

30. Cincinnati Flag

Positive ID

Image from Michael P. Smuda, 1 May 2006

I was able to buy a group of 4"x6" desk flags in California, 24 for $5.00 USD, which is quite a bargain. I have not been able to identify two of them and would like to ask for your help.  The second UFE has something to do with Cincinnati. It is a white flag with a large US shield on it. Across the shield is a blue scroll with white lettering "Cincinnati 1783" on the scroll. It is not the flag of Cincinnati. Could this have been a bicentennial flag? Any ideas?
Michael P. Smuda, 1 May 2006

Maybe it has something to do with the Society of the Cincinnati, which was founded in 1783.
Phil Cleary, 1 May 2006

Maybe, but it is not the flag of the Society itself, which is a US flag with light blue stripes and an eagle surrounded by a ring of stars in the canton, as seen on
Eugene Ipavec, 1 May 2006

I have two sets of flags containing this flag. I bought the second set just to get the booklet that explains what each flag is. The front cover of the booklet says "HISTORICAL FLAG COLLECTION OF OUR AMERICAN HERITAGE". The back cover says "COMMEMORATION OF OUR BICENTENNIAL VONS GROCERY CO." The Cincinnati is flag number 27 in the set and is listed as "Banner of the Society of the Cincinnati." And then there is a three sentence paragraph:

In 1801 Major James Farlie and Lieutenant John Stagg, Jr., were appointed the task of designing a banner for their association, the patriotic Society of the Cincinnati. Instead of the usual rectangular flag, they put their imaginations to good use and came up with this beautiful shield-shaped design. The unique banner continues the traditional blue and white regimental stripes, and commemorates the Society founding in 1783 by military companions of George Washington.
Dale Grimes, 24 June 2006

But the image shows a shield with red & white stripes, not blue & white. I wonder from what sources Vons Grocery got the image and data.
Ned Smith, 25 June 2006

This flag is a (bogus) replica of what is supposed to be an early proposal for the Society of Cincinnati, which was founded in 1783. It is in fact a bad copy of a banner that had a dark blue canton with silver stars and 13 alternate light blue and silver pales on the shield with a ribbon overall and the same inscription, although the banner does not have a white field. It is also pictured in Mastai's book, The Stars and the Stripes, on page 24.
Dave Martucci, 26 June 2006

31. Burma Campaign Flag?

Positive ID

Image A provided by Ian Sumner, 20 March 2006
(Click on image to enlarge it)

This flag is in an exhibit in the regimental museum of the West Yorkshire Regiment in York. It is in the Second World War display case, which deals with the Burma Campaign. Unfortunately it is not captioned, and the staff couldn't help. The mannequin in the display case obscures what should be the hoist, so you cannot see if there is a proper sleeve or eyelets. If it is a flag, would someone please be kind enough to translate what is written in one corner? What is the badge?
Ian Sumner , 20 March 2006

Image rotated and reversed by Al Kirsch, 13 March 2010

I'm no expert, but the flag/cloth is upside down and backwards. The first two kanji reads "Japan" (Nihon). The kana reads "asahi" (sunrise). Zach Harden says its appears to be an ad banner for the Asahi Shoe Company.
Al Kirsch, 13 March 2010

UFE Editor's Note: Several members of the FOTW list remember this being previously identified as a banner for the Japanese shoe manufacturer mistaken for a Burma Campaign flag, but I couldn't find any reference. Apparently, it was a banner hung in shoe stores carrying this brand of shoes and perhaps found by a soldier during the Burma campaign.
Pete Loeser, 16 March 2010

32. Unknown Sunburst Flag

Positive ID

Image from David Kendall, 26 May 2006

UFE06-32 has been identified as a variant of the Nepali Peace Flag, its central disc being red instead of yellow, and is now on its proper page.

33. Unknown Dutch University Flag

Tentative ID

Image by António Martins, 14 Feb 2000

UFE06-33 seems to be a variant of the Utrecht University Flag with the departmental/faculty colors in a different order. One suggestion is that some departments have versions made with their colors on top. It can now be found on its proper page.

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