Period: Mid-Twentieth Century
Height: 30 inches
Width: 42 inches
The printed Union Jack flag in soft thin cotton is in worn but sound order with a lovely consistent gentle fade across the textile surviving from the second quarter of the twentieth century and probably used to celebrate victory in the Second World War.
There is some fraying to some edges providing real character and a corded rope running through the hem.
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.
Soft to the touch, well-loved and beautifully British.