Star Spangled - Hanukkah Menorah, 1994, pewter, 13x17.5x4 inches
Over the years, I have seen many European and Middle-Eastern designs that combined the basic candleholders or oil cups of a Hanukkah Menorah with local architectural, folkloric, or even political motifs (e.g. the Hapsburg double eagle). For me, the flag -- with its stars and stripes -- is an essential American symbol. Since the Star of David is the equivalent symbol of Judaism, I chose to contrast them against each other.
Such a mingling of symbolisms might be questionable in other ceremonial objects, but it is entirely traditional in the case of Hanukkah Menorot, perhaps because the festival itself is more national and in a way political than religious.