Flags from the USS Arizona
Lot 16
A 48-star American flag recovered from onboard the U.S.S. Arizona
1941 55 x 95 in. (139.7 x 241.3 cm.) the American flag,
46 x 63 in. (116.8 x 160 cm.) the "B" flag. 2
Sold for US$ 170,500 inc. premium
Auction Details
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Lot Details
A 48-star American flag recovered from onboard the U.S.S. Arizona
Pearl Harbor, 1941
of typical form and in cotton, in red, white and blue, with losses to the stars, and some separations at the seams of the stripes and stained with oil and sea water. Stenciled along the hoist U.S.S. Arizona. Along with a code flag "Bravo", also from the U.S.S. Arizona, the same as above, and also stenciled in the same manner on the hoist.
55 x 95 in. (139.7 x 241.3 cm.) the American flag,
46 x 63 in. (116.8 x 160 cm.) the "B" flag.
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Footnotes

  • Provenance:
    - U.S.S. Arizona, recovered from the submerged flag locker or other area of the ship after the attack and sinking.
    - Mrs. Isaac Kidd [Inez Nellie Gilmore Kidd (1888-1978)], wife of Rear Admiral Isaac Kidd, presented to her at the time of his funeral
    - An estate clearance of the contents of Mrs. Isaac Kidd's home, circa 1978
    - An unknown person, estate picker
    - Steve Slaght, militaria collector
    - The War Museum

    Isaac Campbell Kidd (March 26, 1884 – December 7, 1941) was a Rear Admiral in the United States Navy who was killed on the bridge of the U.S.S. Arizona during the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor. He was a posthumous recipient of this nation's highest military honor — the Medal of Honor. The highest ranking casualty at Pearl Harbor, he became the first U.S. Navy flag officer killed in action in World War II as well as the first killed in action against any foreign enemy. This flag accompanied the casket of Rear Admiral Isaac C. Kidd back to Annapolis, MD and was presented to his widow.
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