Revenue Cutter Flag
Historical ensign flag of the U.S. Division of Revenue Cutter Service (or earlier Revenue Marine), the precursor to the modern Coast Guard. The flag features a traditional stylized eagle at canton with alternating vertical stripes of red and white in the field of the flag. Initially the RCS was a customs and tariff collection and enforcement agency and quickly found itself involved in military engagements and anti-piracy efforts throughout the Caribbean in enforcement of this duty. Eventually the agency was reformed (combining with the U.S. Life Saving Service) as the U.S. Coast Guard but operated independently for over 100 years from 1790 to 1915.
- Choose from various sizes
- Durable All-Weather Nylon/Dacron
- Digitally printed, single-reverse with four rows reinforced stitching for durability
- Canvas header & brass grommet attachment
- Proudly Made in USA
About the Revenue Cutter Flag
The Revenue Cutter Flag is a historical ensign that was flown by the United States Revenue Cutter Service, the precursor to the U.S. Coast Guard.
History of the Revenue Cutter Service
The United States Revenue Cutter Service was established by an act of Congress in 1790 upon the recommendation of Secretary of the Treasury Alexander Hamilton. Originally referred to as the Revenue-Marine, it was a customs and tariffs enforcement agency under the authority of the U.S. Department of the Treasury. The agency was renamed the Revenue Cutter Service in 1894, likely because of the fast and agile cutter ships it used to carry out its duties.
In wartime, the Revenue Cutter Service was placed under the command of the U.S. Navy, and often engaged in military service. It was also involved in anti-piracy operations in the Caribbean Sea and Gulf of Mexico, and began conducting life-saving cruises to assist mariners in need as early as 1832.
After more than 100 years of independent service, the Revenue Cutter Service was combined with the U.S. Lifesaving Service in 1915, and the two formed the present day U.S. Coast Guard.
About the Design of the Revenue Cutter Flag
Like many historical flags, the Revenue Cutter Flag went through several iterations between 1790 and 1915, but all of the variations include 16 vertical red and white stripes to represent the 16 states in the Union during that time. All of the cantons also feature a stylized eagle surrounded by 13 stars to represent the original 13 colonies. However, the design of the eagle and placement of the stars varies.
In this popular version of the Revenue Cutter Flag, the eagle holds a red and white shield and is fully encircled by the navy 5-point stars.
How to Buy the Historical Revenue Cutter Flag
Gettysburg Flag Works carries the Revenue Cutter Flag in a variety of sizes. Each flag is digitally printed on durable, all-weather nylon with a canvas header & brass grommet attachment and reinforced stitching. Proudly made in the USA, our Revenue Cutter Flag can be purchased online, or by calling 1-888-697-3524.