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    U.S. 45-Star Personal Flag Used in the Liberation of Paris - 25 August 1944.
    WWII Liberation flags are usually a vernacular flag made as a field expedient. Here we have a then 40+ year-old vintage flag used during the Liberation of Paris.
    The 45-star US flag became official in 1896 with the admission of Utah to statehood and would remain current for 12 years until the admission of Oklahoma in 1908. This is a 45-star U.S. 72" X 120" wool bunting flag with sewn stars & stripes finished with a canvas header and two brass grommets. It is marked on the header in black, "Utah 1896" and "Rev. Chutter - 45 stars Amer. Church Paris France 10 X 9 Hidden From German Occupation 6 June 1940 and flown again 25 Aug 1944 Liberation."

    The American Church in Paris (ACP), established in 1814, is the first American church established on foreign soil. It is an interdenominational Protestant Christian church. The present church building dates to 1931 having replaced an earlier structure built in 1857. During the Paris Peace Conference after WWI, President Woodrow Wilson worshiped there.

    Photographs of the church indicate that in the 20th century the American Church in Paris used American flags both indoors and out. It seems likely that this flag was brought to the church sometime after 1896, and was likely retained by the ACP until WWII. Hidden during the occupation 9 June 1940 to August 1944, the flag was unfurled during the liberation celebrations.

    Condition: Good - The flag is used, worn, faded and soiled but otherwise intact.

    This flag was formerly in the collection of Dr. Clarence Rungee, and is accompanied by his original museum inventory sheet with identifying information.

    For those who did not receive a hard copy of the auction catalog, we present here the introductory comments and history of Dr. Rungee and his remarkable collection. If you scroll further, you will also find various contemporary newspaper articles, as well as a selection of the many letters of donation and transmittal which accompanied the collection and a categorization of the collection.


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    Auction Dates
    December, 2019
    14th Saturday
    Bids + Registered Phone Bidders: 5
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