Period: Early Twentieth Century
Length: 40.5 inches (Pole)
Flag: 21.5 x 31.5 inches
The printed commemorative flag in soft thin cotton showing George in ceremonial garb depicted center over a white British ensign, within a circular framed laurel leaf border with lower garland swag and text to the wreath to include titles ‘King George V’, ‘Field Marshal’, ‘Proclaimed 9th May 1910’, ‘Born 3 June 1865’ and ‘Admiral’, mounted on a wooden pole terminating in a painted pointed finial.
The textile is in good aged, as found, condition with a beautiful genuine fade across the fabric, having a fantastic translucent quality. The cotton does not suffer from any holes or tears. The pole finial has remnants of the original duck egg blue paint and is in good order aside from a segment of loss to the holding end.
George V (George Frederick Ernest Albert; 3 June 1865 – 20 January 1936) was the first British monarch belonging to the House of Windsor. The coronation took place at Westminster Abbey on 22 June 1911 and was celebrated by the Festival of Empire in London. As well as being King of the United Kingdom and the other Commonwealth Realms, George was the Emperor of India and the first King of the Irish Free State. George reigned from 6 May 1910 through World War I (1914–1918) until his death.
This is a rare antique textile with important historical importance, which could be used to add a huge amount of historical charm to any wall or space, but most importantly it signifies the end of the Edwardian period in England and a new dawn for the country.