Texas Coastal Trader Auxiliary Naval 3×5 Flag 1839 – 1845


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Republic of Texas Maritime Auxiliary Navy Guidon-Shaped Swallowtail Flag

The Texas Coastal Trader Flag was one of three auxiliary naval flags (the other two being the Revenue Service flag and the Texas Pilot Flag) that were authorized by the same act that provided the specifications for the Texas “Lone Star” Flag which would later become the Texas State Flag as we know it today. The act was adopted on the 25th of January, 1839 by the third Congress of the Republic of Texas. Austin artist Peter Krag created the official artwork for the three auxiliary flags as well as the Texas flag and may have been the designer of some if not all of the flags, although the historical records are inconclusive on the subject. The design layout for the Coastal Trader Flag consisted of a white star centered on a vertical blue stripe with white and red horizontal stripes in a swallowtail shape. Basically a Texas flag but shaped like a guidon rather than a traditional rectangular flag. The Texas Coastal Trader Flag was meant to be flown by a ship indicating exemption from port duties, like the U.S. Yacht Ensign, but was intended to be flown alongside the Texas Civil Ensign. The three auxiliary flags were used from January 25th – December 29th, 1845 when Texas became the 28th state of the United States.

This is a reproduction of the Texas Coastal Trader Flag. The actual size and materials are not exactly the same as the original flag. The artwork is visible on both sides.

  • One solid piece of printed, hemmed fabric
  • Lightweight 100-denier polyester that will fly nicely in the slightest breeze.
  • Bright colors
  • 2 rows of stitching around the outside edge of the flag
  • Reinforced header with brass grommets
  • Flag size: 3′ x 5′

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Weight 5 oz