A Superb British Vintage Printed Union Jack Flag


Origin: British
Period: Early-Twentieth Century
Provenance: Unknown
Date: c.1920-40
Height: 46 inches
Width: 65 inches

With flagpole attachments, the printed Union Jack flag in soft thin cotton is in good overall order with a super consistent gentle fade across the fabric particularly to the blue, now paled to a peacock blue. There are no holes or tears and thus the condition remains in that desirable place between well worn and vintage.

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.

A good example, at its peak in terms of its decorative appeal.