Period: Early-Twentieth Century
Pole Length: 30 inches
Height: 17 inches
Width: 33 inches
The printed Union Jack flag in good tough cotton has a consistent gentle fade across the fabric, with some fraying to some edges and ‘British Manufactured’ to the hem, mounted to a smooth wooden pole, terminating in a finial. There is some loss to the lower end of the pole.
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.
Perfect for the Olympics, shop display, or simply to wave when feeling particularly patriotic.