First Flag of the Texas Navy 1836 Heavy Sewn Cotton
History of the 1836 Texas Navy Flag
Authorized by David G. Burnet, provisional president of the Republic of Texas, this flag became the official flag of the Texas Navy on April 9, 1836, only 12 days before the battle of San Jacinto. The flag was designed by the Commodore of the Republic of Texas Navy, Charles Hawkins, and thus is also referred to as the Hawkins Flag. The design was very similar to the American flag and the Chilean and Liberian national flags and was often mistaken for those countries. The Republic of Texas Navy Flag received far more exposure during the 1830s and 1840s than did the Burnet flag. As a result, many people around the world at that time were familiar with the Texas Navy flag long after Texas became the 28th State of the United States.
Cotton flags feature a heavy, luxurious look and feel. They are commonly used indoors because of their old-world, handcrafted appearance but can also be flown outside, although they are not very durable or fade-resistant with prolonged exposure to the outdoor elements. Cotton flags are also suitable for tea staining and/or framing and hanging indoors. The star is appliqued on both sides of the flag.
- Heavy, soft cotton fabric
- Rich, blue background panel and appliqued star outlined with embroidery
- Heavy canvas header with brass grommets
- Actual flag size 17″ x 26″