A Pair of Vintage Car or Hand-Held Union Jack Flags


Origin: British
Period: Early-Twentieth Century
Provenance: Unknown
Date: c.1930-40
Height: 4.5 inches (without rods)
Width: 8.5 inches

With a good aged look and feel, the quality fabric flags on nickel-plated rods with knob finials. There are a handful of very small holes, and one of the flags is lacking its clasps that hold it to the rod but otherwise, good vintage condition.

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.

Of a much better quality than modern equivalents and with vintage flags being so desirable at this present time, these small examples prove no different.