A Fantastic Medium Sized British Vintage Printed Union Jack Flag c.1940


Origin: British
Period: Early/Mid Twentieth Century
Provenance: Unknown
Date: c.1930-50
Height: 25 inches
Width: 38 inches

The printed Union Jack flag in soft thin cotton is in sound condition with a subtle and consistent gentle fade across the with some fraying to the edges and ‘British Made’ printed to one panel. There are holes to two corners for wall or pole attachment.

The current design of the flag dates from the union of Ireland and Great Britain in 1801. When the first flag was introduced in 1606, it became known simply as "the British flag" or "the flag of Britain". The word "jack" was in use before 1600 to describe the maritime bow flag. One theory goes that for some years it would have been called just "the Jack", or "Jack flag", or "the King's Jack", but by 1674, while formally referred to as "His Majesty's Jack", it was commonly called the Union Jack, and this was officially acknowledged.

An attractive vintage flag in a useful size making it extremely decorative whether for the home, or perhaps for flying at the Olympics.