Wool, cotton, canvas, metal
Overall: 77 x 34 in. ( 195.6 x 86.4 cm )
handwitten: on the hoist in ink: "Presented to Mr. Aaron Vanderbilt as a Memento of 1898/by John Lewis Coburger"
Wool Spanish flag with two red horizontal stripes with a yellow stripe between; ball and cross crowned medallion with a yellow castle and a red crowned lion in the center of the yellow stripe; linen hoist with the remainder of a cotton cord strung through; inscribed on the hoist in ink, "Presented to Mr. Aaron Vanderbilt as a Memento of 1898/ by John Lewis Coburger" in printed script.
This flag was given to Aaron Vanderbilt by John Lewis Coburger as a memento of the Spanish American war of 1898. Vanderbilt served as a senior officer in command of Naval forces in New York State during the war. He has also been creditd with the establishment of the U.S. Naval Reserve as the auxillary to the Navy, introducing legislation to the 53rd Congress to provide for the enrollment of officers and men of the merchant marine into this reserve on application and qualification.
Gift of Nancy R. Fenner and David Charles Vanderbilt Royce
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