Skip to main content
Go to accessibility notice


    Franklin Roosevelt: Personal Presidential Flag. Used during World War II. This design was adopted in 1916 at the order of Woodrow Wilson, and incorporates the eagle from the presidential seal on a deep blue field, with a white star in each corner. The flag itself is made of wool, with the design elements carefully embroidered. The original tag reads" Philadelphia Quartermaster Depot / inspected by (name) / 6-17-42," insuring that this is an official presidential flag and not a commercial copy. Its relatively small size, 28" x 18", suggests that it may have been displayed in the president's office or possibly flown on a vehicle in which he rode. This style flag remained in use through 1945, when President Truman ordered an extensive redesign.

    Condition is superb. the colors are rich and unfaded, with only a hint of light age browning on the red, white, and blue shield. Several tiny barely detectable moth holes are noted for strictest accuracy. An historic presidential artifact with great display appeal, formerly in the renowned FDR collection of Drs. Joseph J. and Deborah M. Plaud.

    Auction Info

    Auction Dates
    May, 2009
    13th-14th Wednesday-Thursday
    Bids + Registered Phone Bidders: 9
    Lot Tracking Activity: N/A
    Page Views: 1,802

    Buyer's Premium per Lot:
    19.5% of the successful bid (minimum $9) per lot.

    Sold for: Sign-in or Join (free & quick)

    Heritage membership

    Join Now - It's Free

    1. Past Auction Values (prices, photos, full descriptions, etc.)
    2. Bid online
    3. Free Collector newsletter
    4. Want List with instant e-mail notifications
    5. Reduced auction commissions when you resell your
    Consign now
    • Cash Advances
    • More Bidders
    • Trusted Experts
    • Over 200,000 Satisfied Consignors Since 1976
    Consign to the 2020 April 23 Historical Manuscripts Signature Auction - Dallas.

    Learn about consigning with us

    Heritage Auctions and Mr. Chad Reingold were...professional and courteous in all transactions and provided outstanding service in answering my many emails. I recommend them at the highest level.
    Killy M.,
    Melbourne Beach, FL
    View More Testimonials receives more traffic than any other auction house website. (Source:

    Video tutorial

    Getting the most out of search

    Recent auctions

    2019 December 8 Civil War, Militaria, Arms & Armor Signature Auction - Dallas
    2019 December 8 Civil War, Militaria, Arms & Armor Signature Auction - Dallas
    REALIZED SO FAR $950,931