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    1912-1916 USS Missouri (BB-11) Ensign.
    USS Missouri (BB-11), a Maine-class battleship, commissioned in 1903, was the second vessel to be named for Missouri, the 24th state.

    This ensign is an approximately 54" x 102" dyed wool full flag print, finished with a roped header with a toggle & loop and lead-line. The canton exhibits the "staggered 48" star-field widely made between 1912 and 1916. This flag is marked in red "Tanner" and, under that, in black, "BB63" and, farther down the hoist, "Missouri" with an additional inscription now obscured.

    Although the paperwork accompanying the flag indicates it was acquired from the USS Missouri (BB-63), it seems unlikely that the WWII battleship was issued a flag from the WWI era. A more likely scenario is that this flag originated on the previous USS Missouri and came to the WWII ship after her WWII commissioning. The name "Tanner" on the hoist has not been identified, but the presumption is that it refers to a crewman, perhaps an officer.

    The USS Missouri (BB-11), the predecessor to the more famous USS Missouri (BB-36), was the third Maine-class battleship, launched in 1901. She began her service in the North Atlantic Fleet, often called the "Home Squadron." After service in the Atlantic and the Mediterranean, she was one of the battleships that made up President Theodore Roosevelt's Great White Fleet on its yearlong worldwide voyage of circumnavigation. She spent the next phase of her career in ordinary or conducting training cruises for midshipmen at Annapolis sailing to the Caribbean, the Mediterranean and the Pacific. During WWI, the Missouri was the flag ship of the 2nd Division of the Atlantic Fleet conducting gunnery and engineering training. After the Armistice, she transported troops back home. She was decommissioned in 1919. This is a perhaps unique opportunity to acquire a 48-star U.S. ensign with a connection to two battleships christened Missouri.

    Condition: Fair to Good - with the expected wear at the fly end, soiled and crocked from use.

    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: 6
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