Early Texas Flags

1824 flag
The 1824 Flag

 

 The 1824 Flag

ID# 1824Flag  ………. $17.50 + tax and shipping

nylon – will fly with the slightest breeze.
size – 2ft x 3ft w/2 brass grommets

Adopted by the Texas Provisional Government Nov. 25th, 1835.  This type of flag is believed to have been flown at the Alamo, and was flown by the Texas Privateer ships, as well as the first Texas Navy Ships.  The colors are red, white, and green, with the numbers 1824 on the white ground.  It is similar to both the Mexican and the Irish Flag, except for the addition of the numerals.


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1836 Hawkins Texas Navy Flag

   1836 Hawkins Texas Navy Flag

ID# HAWTNF … $45.00 + tax and shipping
cotton , sewn  3ft x 5ft

The Texas Navy Flag, with a single star in a blue field, with thirteen red and white stripes like the United States Flag, was first adopted on April 9th, 1836, by President David G. Burnet.         He originally flew the Texas Navy Flag as the “National Standard” while at Harrisburg Texas, from the porch of a private home, then ordered that it be adopted by theTexas Navy, and it was flown by all four of the original “First Texas NavyShips”     
 
“Burnets order called for a flag that is: union blue, star central, thirteen stripes prolonged, alternate red and white”. 
 
But this was not a new design !         It had been used as letterhead for the firm of McKinney, Williams and Company, dating back to at least early 1834.     And had been the “standard” flown on McKinney and Williams ships.  ( A Brief History of the Texas Navy Flag,  Adm. Jerry C. Drake, July 2008, Texas Navy Assn.)

 

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Texas Navy Flag

 

3rd Texas Navy Burgee Flag

ID# TXNF ………….. $17.50 + tax and shipping
nylon, printed – will fly with the slightest breeze.
size – 2ft x 3ft w/2 brass grommets
This is the new style Texas Navy Flag as adopted by the Texas Navy Association.  The halyard end is blue, with a single white star, and the flying end has red and white stripes.  It is similar to the 1836 Hawkins Texas Navy Flag, but differs slightly.

Commodore Broad Pendant
CUSTOM-MADE   Limited # available

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COMMBP

19″x28″
blue nylon, printed
2 brass grommets

$ 26.00 ea.*

The Republic of Texas Navy considered the title Admiral to be too ‘aristocratic’ to be used by a Republic.  So, the rank of Commodore was chosen as the highest rank in the early Texas Navy.  Commonly, the Captains of the ships of the fleet would get together and elect one of their own as Commodore of the Fleet.  The Captain, so elected, would then be entitled to fly the “Broad Pendant of a Commodore’, from the mast of his ship.

Early Merchant ships followed the same principle.  When several merchant ships were sailing like a fleet, the captains would elect one of their own, possibly the most experienced, as the Commodore of the fleet.  When the fleet dissolved, the rank was no longer in effect.  But the title Commodore would often carry over as a Honorary Title.
The pendants are printed on nylon, so they fly in the slightest breeze.
They are custom made and follow the design originally adopted by the US Navy.

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2 thoughts on “Early Texas Flags

  1. Mike Belcher

    What is the size and fabric of the 1836 Hawkins Texas Navy Flag? (Its not mentioned in the description.)

    Reply
    1. malcomj Post author

      Mike Belcher, The material was sewn cotton, the size was 3′ x 5′, But, this item may no longer be available. I can’t locate a current source. Texian Traden Post, Malcom Lee Johnson

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