USN 7 Star Commission Pennant - USS Texas.

Sub-collection: U.S. Naval

USS Texas, 7 Star Commission Pennant, 1928.
This is a small No. 8, 7 star Commission Pennant from the USS Texas. It is too small to have been used on a battleship the size of the USS Texas, but was likely used on the captains' gig or any small boat bearing the captain as the commission pennant is the personal mark of a captain when embarked in a small boat.

Interesting Group of Items from the 1928 Cruise of the Battleship USS Texas. The USS Texas, commissioned in 1914, promptly saw action in Mexican waters following the "Tampico Incident" and escorting convoys during World War I. She resumed her role of escorting convoys in World War II and provided supporting naval gunfire for the landings in North Africa and Normandy. After transferring to the Pacific, she supported the landings at both Iwo Jima and Okinawa. She was decommissioned in 1948, having earned five battle stars, and is currently a museum ship near Houston. The USS Texas was the first battleship to be declared a National Historic Landmark. Included with the group is a 21" x 10" map of the cruise which took place between January 8 and June 28, 1928, a 7" x 5" photograph of the ship underway, a silk enlisted man's hat ribbon stenciled in gilt "U. S. S. TEXAS", and a 50" wool bunting pennant with five stars. The pennant is 2" wide at the canvas hoist, which employs a single brass grommet and is stenciled N 8, the pennant tapers to 1" at the tip. All items in fine condition. An attractive grouping nicely presented in an archaically prepared frame.

ZFC Significant Flag
Item is Framed


National Colors: Ensign, Jack, and Commission Pennant, Sea Flags, 14 November 2011, from: http://mysite.verizon.net/vzeohzt4/Seaflags/ensign/Ensign.html

Navy - Command and Commissioning Pennants (U.S.), Wikipedia, 14 November 2011, from: http://www.crwflags.com/fotw/flags/us%5Envcp.html

Commissioning Pennant, NAVAL HISTORICAL CENTER, 14 November 2011, from: http://www.history.navy.mil/faqs/faq106-1.htm

Battleship TEXAS, 14 November 2011, from: http://www.usstexasbb35.com/ship%27s_history.htm

USS Texas , Wikipedia, 14 November 2011, from: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/USS_Texas_%28BB-35%29

Tampico Affair, Wikipedia, 14 November 2011:

Image Credits:
Zaricor Flag Collection

Hoist & Fly

Width of Hoist 2.5
Length of Fly 50


Width of Union/Canton 2.5


Comments on Star Measurements horizontal row
Size of Stars 1.5


Width of 1st Stripe 1.25
Width of 3rd Stripe 1.25
Width of Last Stripe 1.25
Size of Hoist 1.5


Is it framed? yes
Frame Height 33
Frame Length 29


Number of Stars 7
Are there stars on obverse? yes
Are there stars on reverse? no


Number of Stripes 2
Color of Top Stripe Red
Color of Bottom Stripe White
Has a Blood Stripe? no


Description of Crest/Emblem USN Commission Pennant


Nation Represented United States


Fabric Wool


Stitching Machine


Type of Thread needs analysis
Thread Material needs analysis


Type of Weave Plain


Comments on Method of Attachmen Single grommet

Framed 30.5" x 34.5"
Method of Attachment Grommets


Applique Sides Single Faced = Mirror Image Reverse


All original documents and drawings are held in the Zaricor Flag Collection Archives.
All original documents and drawings are held in the Zaricor Flag Collection Archives.


Condition Good
Damage Used, worn, stained, mothed
Displayable yes


Date 1928