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Unidentified Flags or Ensigns - Part 2 (2010)

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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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Unidentified Flags located on Part 1

  1. European Union Flag with Red Field
  2. Communist Flag with Blue Field
  3. Another China/EU Flag
  4. Unknown Carlist Flags
  5. Spanish neo-Nazi Flag
  6. Spanish neo-Nazi Flag 2
  7. Unknown Spanish NATO Flag
  8. Institutional Flag from Maryland
  9. Religious Flag in Rome
  10. Canadian Plastic Stick-Pin
  11. Flag on the Aral (UK)
  12. Flag drawings, old Islamic
  13. Dutch KFZ Flag
  14. Flag With Chain and Olive Branch
  15. Four UFE Signal Flags from US Winslow
  16. Three UFE Bunting Flags
  17. Unidentified Pennant (possibly Dutch)
  18. Royal Visit Banner (South Africa)
  19. Unknown Red Ensign from Down Under
  20. Unidentified African Muslim Corsair´s Flag
  21. Fishy Red Ensign
  22. UFE at Low Head Pilot Station
  23. Red and Blue Swallowtailed Pin
  24. Unknown Merchant Ship Flag
  25. Red, White, and Blue with a Single Star

Unidentified Flags located on this page

  1. Blue Ensign with two Ws
  2. Two UFEs in Valais Switerland
  3. Unknown Nigeria Flag
  4. Unknown Christian Flag
  5. Flag on a Zippo Lighter
  6. Japanese Youth Flag
  7. Unknown Danish Ship Flag
  8. UFEs in Naashik (Maharashtra, IN)
  9. Two Flags from Texas
  10. Unknown German Imperial Flag
  11. Unknown Private Signal Flag
  12. Unidentified Rwandan Flag
  13. Indian War era mystery flag with grey stripes

Unidentified Flags on other pages

26. Blue Ensign with two Ws

Some Speculation

Speculative Image by Rob Raeside, 20 April 2010

Can you tell me the significance of a blue ensign with 2 large yellow Ws on the blue part?
Erica Utsi 20 April 2010

How clearly did you see this flag? I suspect you have the flag of the Training Ship Worcester, or its yacht club descendant, the Old Worcesters Yacht Club. While the lower W is definitely a W, the upper one is actually a naval crown. From a distance it would probably look quite like a W.
Rob Raeside, 20 April 2010

The answer to your question is very clearly indeed. It's being hoisted by a local eccentric in his front garden. This gentleman has taken to referring to himself as a "commodore" although he has no RN experience. He gave a talk to a local society on one of the major naval battles a couple of years back. I believe he does have a small boat of his own. It was flying yesterday and also a few months ago. Very distinctive - blue ensign with 2 large yellow Ws, one above the other taking up the majority of the rhs (as you face it). The Ws are identical. My description is confirmed by one of my work colleagues, the Ws are more flamboyant than that used by TS Worcester. They take up more physical space and there is a short tail to one side, shorter than but reminiscent of the tail on the W used by Wayfarer dinghies. I think the tail is on the opposite side to that of the Wayfarer but my colleague is not sure of this.
Erica Utsi, 20 April 2010

I'm inclined to think this may a personal design, if the two Ws really are both Ws. Could that be his initials? However, now that I have confirmed you had a good clear close-up sighting of it and that it is not the Worcester flag, I will ask further in a group of flag enthusiasts that discuss such matters on the internet. I take it from your message that the W is written in a scripted form, not a plain uppercase letter W?
Rob Raeside, 20 April 2010

That's absolutely right - it's scripted. The placing is also interesting. Looking through your website and then the material you sent links for, the placing of any additional emblens is very central i.e. the margin to the upper and lower edges of the flag are greater than the gap in the middle e.g. between the crown and the W on TS Worcester's flag. I'd say that these Ws are equally spaced relative to each other and the top and bottom of the flag. I guess that also suggests a private enterprise initiative. Does yesterday's date have an significance? I've seen the flag once before but he doesn't fly it on a daily basis. I didn't see it this morning but a colleague assures me it's still on the flagpole, just not as visible since the wind has dropped.
Erica Utsi 20 April 2010

I am, of course, unable to add anything of substance to the resolving of the WW mystery flag, but I am wandering of legality of display of such flag in his own back yard. From my (casual and lay) understanding of the English flag related legislation, it may indeed be quite legal thing to do. It would be different if used on a ship/boat instead of an ensign/jack (although it may possibly pass off as a private signal/house pennant), where the skipper would have to be able to produce a warrant of other document that may confirm his right to use it on the boat/ship. But on land, if I understand correctly, one can hoist more or less whatever he want in his back yard, providing that he has planning permission for the flagpole. And as I understand, this is much to difference with the legislation regarding the flags in your back yard in the most of the countries on Continent (of Europe, of course), where the laws in general much more strictly prescribe what can be hoisted.
Željko Heimer, 21 April 2010

Since this isn't an official Blue Ensign, the only way you can find out what it is all about, as a friend suggested, is to knock on the door and ask him what the two "w" stand for. If you do please let us know what you find out.
Pete Loeser, 22 April 2010

27. Two UFEs in Valais Switerland

Positive IDs

#27a    #27b
Images from Kate Hanna, 6 May 2010

The pictures I've attached are from Sion, in the Valais/Wallis canton of Switzerland. I know the two on the right are Sion and Valais/Wallis (#27a), but I'm not sure about the two on the left (reversed #27b).
Kate Hanna, 6 May 2010

I suspect the third flag is a more elaborate form of the city flag, but the fourth one is unknown to me also. The only commune in Valais that uses the theme of a crossed crosier and sword is Les Agettes, but we don't have any indication where the design originated.
Rob Raeside, 6 May 2010

The one with two lions is the flag of the Bourgeoisie de Sion ( The other one is unknown for me, but I guess it is some local paroisse.
Vanja Poposki, 6 May 2010

The last is the Diocese of Sion (
T.F. Mills, 6 May 2010

28. Unknown Nigeria Flag

Positive ID

   Image from Knut Berg, 6 May 2010

In this photograph of President Goodluck Jonathan being sworn in, two flags can be seen in the background, one is the Nigerian national flag, the other is horizontally striped red-black-white-green. Anybody have any idea of what it can be?
Knut Berg, 6 May 2010

Interesting puzzle. At the inaugration of President Jonathan's predecessor, Umar Musa Yar'Adua, on May 29, 2007, there was a red-blue-white-green flag present. (
Ned Smith 6 May 2010

The same flag was shown behind Yar'Adua several times.
Peter Hans van den Muijzenberg, 6 May 2010

I was wondering about this for a long time. My conclusion is that the flag here reported by Knut is the Presidential Flag of Nigeria or the flag of the Presidential Office. Of course, we need further investigation and concrete proof. On the other hand, the flag that we show as the presidential flag is not that at all. On countless photos it is shown with high Federal or State officials. I assume that this flag is the official office flag, reserved for high ranking officials like State Governors, for example.
Valentin Poposki 6 May 2010

Image by Tsadori Kai (Wikipedia), 17 June 2007

At Wikipedia the red-black-white-green flag is identified as the flag of the Commander-in-Chief of the Nigerian Armed Forces. See .
Ned Smith, 6 May 2010

29. Unknown Christian Flag

Some Speculation

Provided by Andrew Bienhaus, 8 May 2010

Any idea on what this flag might stand for? The image is from, which is on a Canadian Scouting group's website called Binbrook.
Andrew Bienhaus, 8 May 2010

This is a variant of the Christian flag shown on FOTW, and quite widely used across North America, at least in Protestant churches. I have never seen it with the red mounted knight in the fly, and I am not sure if that is a local addition or if it has any other meaning.
Rob Raeside, 9 May 2010

It's only a guess, but the flag might have been made up as a flag for a local Christian school, probably somewhere in the US. I would also guess that the emblem in the fly would be that of a "Crusader" which used to be a popular mascot name among Christian schools. For obvious reasons, the "Crusader" nickname has fallen out of vogue. I found the white fimbriation around the cross interesting as it doesn't exist on any Christian flag that I have ever seen. And, the blue is too "royal blue" compared to most Christian flags which are generally made with a darker US flag blue or UK flag blue. The flag does appear to be printed, meaning that a bunch of them would have been made.
Clay Moss, 9 May 2010

30. Flag on a Zippo Lighter

Image From Ron Laubenheimer, 7 May 2010

I was wondering if you can identify the flag on this Zippo lighter?
Ron Laubenheimer, 7 May 2010

31. Japanese Youth Flag

Positive ID

Images From Jim Smith, 16 May 2010

Any help identifying this flag for me would be appreciated. The flag is 20" by 28" long. The flag was purchased in Japan in the mid-1950s.
Jim Smith, 16 May 2010

The flag says: dai nippon kokubou fujinkai (line closest to fly), which means "Great Japan National defense Sisterhood." The second line is: Hiroshimashi Irifune bunkai, which means "Hiroshima Irifune Branch." The characters are the type of character (kanji) used up until the 1950s Educational reforms began use of simplified characters.
John Udics, 17 May 2010

With this information I now believe the flag was for the women shipyard workers at the huge shipyards near Hiroshima in World War II.
Jim Smith, 18 May 2010

That is a flag of Imperial Japan National Defense Women's Association, Hiroshima City Huneiri Branch.
Nozomi Kariyasu, 18 May 2010

32. Unknown Danish Ship Flag

Some Speculation

Images from Klaus-Michael Schneider, 18 May 2010

The flag is horizontally divided into celestial blue over drk blue with a red disc in ist centre. The whole is superimposed by a horizontal white fimbriation. I also send an image of the funnel, which is repeating the flag in the middle of a black funnel with white fimbriations. I donít konow, whether it is flag of a shipping company or of an association in order to keep museum ships. I spotted this flag in summer 1995 in Roskilde Fjord just opposite to the Viking Ship Hall. Flag and funnel belonged to a very old steamer named SAGAFJORD, which was mooring there.
Klaus-Michael Schneider/; 18 May 2010

The flag is horizontally divided into celestial blue over drk blue with a red disc in ist centre. The whole is superimposed by a horizontal white fimbriation. I also send an image of the funnel, which is repeating the flag in the middle of a black funnel with white fimbriations. I donít konow, whether it is flag of a shipping company or of an association in order to keep museum ships. I spotted this flag in summer 1995 in Roskilde Fjord just opposite to the Viking Ship Hall. Flag and funnel belonged to a very old steamer named SAGAFJORD, which was mooring there.
Klaus-Michael Schneider/; 18 May 2010

No help in answering the question, but a picture of the ship in question can be seen on its M/S Sagafjord website.
James Dignan, 18 May 2010

33. UFEs in Naashik (Maharashtra, IN)

Some Speculation

#33a   #33b
Images by Klaus-Michael Schneider

Theses UFEs were spotted in Naashik Naashik is located in the State of Maharashtra, half way between Mumbai and Aurangabad. The location had been the exile of Lord Raama, his wife Siita and his brother LakSHmana. There happened little since then, until in 1818 the Peshwas, the Brahmin Prime Ministers of the Maratha Kings gained control of the place, naming it Naashik since then. The control was lost however in the very same year to the British and the city finally became part of Bombay Presidency. Every 12th year here a Kumbh Mela is celebrated, a Hindu mass pilgrimage. Flag #33a: The ratio is 1:2. It is a red over white over light pale yellow (y--) over green over dark blue(b+) horizontal 5-stripes flag. Flag #33b: The ratio is 1:2. It is a white over red over white over green over dark blue(b+) over light pale yellow (y--) horizontal 5-stripes flag. Source: I spotted these flags in October 2003 in Muktadhaam Temple. Flag #33a, which was bigger was stuck upon the central tower, Flag #33b was stuck upon both side towers. The design is that of a former princely state flag. According to our pages, we have a Nasik, which may be another transliteration of the name or more probable another city, within the former Baroda, Western India and Gujarat Agency. Due to the little information available it seems however, that Naashik never was an independent state. So the context of the flag is doubtful and it might turn out a religious flag in the end, symbolizing the five bhuutaani, the gross elements earth, water, fire, air and ether.
Klaus-Michael Schneider, 28 May 2010

All these multiple-striped flags put me in mind of an unidentified flag from several years ago which was, to the best of my knowledge, never identified. See UFE03-10 Unknown Boxer flag.
James Dignan, 29 May 2010

34. Two Flags from Texas

One Positive ID and One Tentative ID

Images from The Flag Forum, 28 Apr 2010

I need help identifying the two flags pictured in the file I attached. I am told that they are both from the Republic of Texas. However, the one on the right looks more like the Bonnie Blue Flag from the Republic of West Florida, not the Burnet flag used by the Republic of Texas. I was told that the star in the center is a discolored white star, not a faded gold one. As far as the one on the left goes, I have not been able to find a picture or description of anything like it on the internet. Any help would be appreciated.
cwn89, 28 Apr 2010

The flag on the left was the Texas Pilot Flag as shown on FOTW. Whitney Smith in his "The Flag Book of the United States" (FOTW bibl. ref. [smi75a] ) calls it the "National Flag at Sea 1839-1845." He refers to the Republic of Texas (pic on p. 213, Plate LI b).
Jan Mertens, 1 July 2010

The right hand flag could be a faded and discolored Burnet's Flag - Texas Republic's First Flag as shown on the FOTW. The gold star faded to white, the blue field to a less colorful and flatter blue.
Pete Loeser, 1 July 2010

35. Unknown German Imperial Flag

Tentative ID

Image from John Mark Rievley, 30 June 2010

Can you tell me what this flag is? I see it being sold all over the internet, but I cannot find any information on it.
John Mark Rievley, 30 June 2010

I can't find this flag (possibly too obvious...). Looks like a war ensign without the disk.
Jarig Bakker, 30 June 2010

I cannot be much help here either and (since this is not my area of expertise) can only offer speculation, but as Jarig said it seems to be a War Ensign (of roughly the 1903 pattern) without the disc and Imperial eagle and I wonder if (assuming that it's genuine) it comes from the period between the end of the Great War (with abdication of the Kaiser) and the adoption of a new ensign by the Weimar Repuplic (1918 - 1921)? I must admit that it seems to be in rather good condition of an eighty year-old flag, but ...?
Christopher Southworth, 30 June 2010

I received an inquiry about this flag about year ago, did some research, asked a few of my German flag resources, and all concluded that this was most likely another modern replica fantasy flag. There is no historical documentation to support it ever existed historically as either Imperial or Prussian. The only educated guess was it may have been one of Adalbert's early creations for the North German Confederation Navy. "The Commander-in-Chief of the North German Navy was Adalbert of Prussia, and he was very interested in flag creations. So he made the first attempts to design a War Flag." See a short essay on the subject titled "The History of the Imperial German War Flag (1867-1921)."
Pete Loeser, 30 June 2010

    I don't think any flag experts know what this design is, though to someone not interested in flags this would seem a possible variation of a First World War German Ensign. It's actually different from any known version. The only two descriptions I can recall for it that are more explicit about it are: "Ensign of the North German Federation, without Eagle;" and "Simplified Imperial German Ensign." However, as we know these two original flags, it's neither, as neither would result in red lines accompanying the cross.
    As one doesn't accidentally end up with red lines when creating a black cross, they would likely be an intentional part of the design. Now, this could be to create a black-white-red edge, for North Germany, suggesting the design was indeed intended for the Ensign of the North German Federation, as a less Prusian alternative. But I fear the red lines might also represent the red field of a different German War Ensign, whose central symbol can not be included as it's forbidden since the Second World War.
    What the flag is used for, on the other hand, most people agree on - as an alternative, for right-extremists, for Nazi flags, like the aforementioned Nazi Reichskriegsfahne. On FOTW at Nationalsocialist and Neonazi Flags (Germany), we quote Anonymous (4 Feb 2001) saying "It is my understanding that in Germany today, in addition to Nazi flags being banned, flags from the Kaiserreich era are also banned, notably the German naval ensign." If that's so, then in Germany this redesign would be the only way to fly such an alternative. One studying such flags might be able to determine whether or not this design pre-dates that ban.
Peter Hans van den Muijzenberg, 30 June 2010

36. Unknown Private Signal Flag

Some Speculation

Images from Ann Crone, 7 July 2010

I have a flag I am attempting to identify. It appears on a tureen dish. I know that the pennant at left is the Burgee of the New York Yacht Club. The flag on the right would be the private Signal Flag of the actual Yacht. The tureen dish has china markings indicating it was made between 1895 and 1900. So, if there is a Pictorial List anywhere of the Private Flags of American Yachts that were members of the New York Yacht Club circa 1895 - 1900, then I may be able to figure out which yacht this dish belonged to. Can you help?
Ann Crone, 7 July 2010

The pictorial listings are the "American Yacht List" or "Lloyd's Register of American Yachts." The former stopped publishing somewhere around 1900 while Lloyd's ceased in the late 1980s I think. "American Yacht List" does not show this flag in the 1874-1891 annual issues. Lloyd's for 1903 shows this flag without a star (#202, on plate 21) for the yacht "Muriel" owned by C. Smithers of New York. It is also shown as #266 on plate 13 in the 1906 edition. I have the 1938 edition (flag #500, plate 27) and it is credited to C. F. Smithers of New York whose yacht at that time was named "Typhoon." In none of these publications is this flag shown with a star. Perhaps it belonged to some unregistered yacht, but then why would the New York Yacht Club flag be shown?
Dave Martucci, 16 July 2010

37. Unidentified Rwandan Flag

Image from Al Kirsch, 26 July 2010

The Economist has a photo of Rwandan president Nkurunziza holding a flag, a vertical tricolor R-V-W with a N design on the center stripe. I suppose it is a political flag, but did not see it listed on our website. Anybody know?
Al Kirsch, 26 July 2010

38. Indian War era mystery flag with grey stripes

Image from the Commercial Appeal, posted 26 July 2010

    In an article appearing in the "Commercial Appeal" (Memphis, TN), 26 July 2010, it introduces a "mystery flag" as follows: "An old American flag that could have flown during the Indian War era in the United States (1866-1890) surfaced at the Hugh Dancy American Legion Post 134 last month while members were carrying out flag-disposal ceremonies for more than 200 unserviceable U.S. flags. The flag is approximately 6-by-10 feet and resembles the current American flag except that it has gray stripes rather than white ones, and 38 stars arranged in six horizontal rows."
    Further examination of the flag by post members revealed that its stars were upside down, with each one appearing to have been sewn on by hand. And what looks like the name "Williams" also appears to have been signed onto the left side of the flag.
    Why the gray stripes? Speculation on the gray stripes included that it may have had something to due with a Southern group wanting to show acceptance of the reunification of the nation, but still retaining a certain pride in the Confederate heritage.
    Read the complete news article at:
Ivan Sache, 26 July 2010

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