Rare Commodore's Broad Pennant from the USS Constitution
circa 1837

The hoist inscribed, "Constitution broad pendend," of swallowtail form, comprised of dark blue wool bunting with twenty-six appliqued cotton stars, hand sewn throughout.

H 8'9 " x W 19' 5"

Provenance: This is believed to be the earliest example of a Commodore's broad pennant. The pennant was raised on the ship of a commodore when he took command of a squadron and remained on the ship as long as the he was in that position. This Broad Pennant dates from the period when the Constitution served as the flagship of both the Mediterranean Squadron (1837-1838) and the Pacitic Squandron (1839-1842) under Commodores Jesse Duncan Elliot and Daniel Turner.

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The hoist inscribed, "Constitution broad pendend," of swallowtail form, comprised of dark blue wool bunting with twenty-six appliqued cotton stars, hand sewn throughout.

H 8'9 " x W 19' 5"

Provenance: This is believed to be the earliest example of a Commodore's broad pennant. The pennant was raised on the ship of a commodore when he took command of a squadron and remained on the ship as long as the he was in that position. This Broad Pennant dates from the period when the Constitution served as the flagship of both the Mediterranean Squadron (1837-1838) and the Pacitic Squandron (1839-1842) under Commodores Jesse Duncan Elliot and Daniel Turner.

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