Here's U.S. official regs for the disposal or retirement of the National Flag as laid down in 1942:
The U.S. Code, a compilation of federal laws, contains the U.S. Flag Code. This code states that when the flag "is in such condition that it is no longer a fitting emblem for display, should be destroyed in a dignified way, preferably by burning"
Individuals who want to dispose of a flag should first cut the flag apart, so it can no longer be considered a flag. This consists of cutting the stripes into 13 individual stripes and removing the stars from the blue background, which should always be left whole. Then the flag is considered ready to burn. Another acceptable method for disposing of a flag is to leave it whole, fold it into the customary triangle and then place it into the fire.
'I do not think we can hope for any better thing now.
We shall stick it out to the end, but we are getting weaker of course, and the end cannot be far.
It seems a pity, but I do not think I can write more. R. SCOTT.
Last Entry - For God's sake look after our people.'
In memory of Capt. Robert Falcon Scott, Edward Wilson, Henry Bowers, Lawrence Oates and Edgar Evans. South Pole Expedition, 30th March 1912.
I personally would not burn the flag though i do think putting it in a ziplock bag and setting it in the freezer for a bit would be a good idea
I'm glad that you didn't burn the flag, just because something has received rough care doesn't mean it needs to get tossed, a little bit of TLC goes a long way. Nice work!
It looks like a good late war piece to me... But there are fakes out there.
Joe it looks like another great find
Looks good from what I can see.
Could anyone venture to guess how much this sword is worth?