A Desirable British Antique White Ensign Union Jack Flag on Pole c.1910


Origin: British
Period: Early Twentieth Century
Provenance: Unknown
Date: c.1910
Length: 44.5 inches (Pole)
Flag: 23.5 x 31.5 inches

The printed commemorative flag in soft thin cotton, used as part of the George V Commemorative Coronation celebrations, this flag is essentially a souvenir mounted on a wooden pole terminating in a painted pointed finial.

The textile is in good aged, as found, condition with a beautiful genuine fade across the fabric, having a fantastic translucent quality. The cotton does not suffer from any holes or tears. The pole finial has remnants of the original duck egg blue paint and is in very good order.

George V (George Frederick Ernest Albert; 3 June 1865 – 20 January 1936) was the first British monarch belonging to the House of Windsor. The coronation took place at Westminster Abbey on 22 June 1911 and was celebrated by the Festival of Empire in London. As well as being King of the United Kingdom and the other Commonwealth Realms, George was the Emperor of India and the first King of the Irish Free State. George reigned from 6 May 1910 through World War I (1914–1918) until his death.

Originating in the 16th century, the White Ensign or St George's Ensign is flown on British Royal Navy ships and shore establishments consisting of a red St George's Cross upon a white field with the Union Flag in the upper canton. The White Ensign is also flown by the Royal Yacht Squadron and ships escorting the Queen.

This flag still flies beautifully well and would add a huge amount of historical Edwardian period charm to any wall or space.