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I'm not so sure....

I'm not so sure of the validity of the OP. I'm still doing research, but I found this: http://www.cbp.gov/custoday/jan2000/tradtn.htm

On the historic Customs ensign, the scroll was absent from the eagle's beak; in his talon were three arrows instead of thirteen; and above his head the stars were arranged in an arc, instead of within a Constellation. Consequently, in 1951, the union of the Customs ensign was changed to bring it into accord with the intention of the original 1799 Act of Congress, to properly display the "Arms of the United States."


A rare early 20th century photograph shows women working on the Customs Ensign. Location of the shop is unknown.


The original Customs Ensign, flown continuously between 1799 and 1951, is shown in this photograph being raised over the United States. Appraiser's Stores at the Port of Pittsburgh, Pa., on July 4, 1919. From left to right: Eli G. Corbly, Messenger; Harold C. Harbison, Examiner; John B. Thomas, Opener & Packer; Charles A. Davis, Inspector; W.S. Bowler, Examiner; and James Houlahen, Appraiser of Merchandise.

Continue Reading: http://www.cbp.gov/custoday/jan2000/tradtn.htm

h/t to the researcher on this forum for saving me time: http://www.usa-flag-site.org/forum/two-us-flags-military-and...

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