Antique Union Jack Parade Flag | Circa WWI Era

Antique Union Jack Parade Flag
Union Jack Parade Flag 2.jpg
Antique Union Jack Parade Flag
Union Jack Parade Flag 2.jpg

Antique Union Jack Parade Flag | Circa WWI Era

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Frame Size (H x L): 12” x 14”
Flag Size (H x L): 5.5” x 8”

Offered is a Union Jack, a combination of the flags of England, Scotland, and Ireland.  It was first proclaimed by James I (aka James VI of Scotland) in 1606 when he inherited both the thrones of England and Scotland, and sought to create a flag combining the two crosses of the respective nations.  Ireland was later added when it joined the United Kingdom in 1801.  As a result, the Union Jack combines the red cross of St. George and the Kingdom of England, the white saltire of St. Andrew for Scotland, and the red saltire of St. Patrick for Ireland.  Wales, the fourth country of the United Kingdom, is not explicitly represented on the Union Jack.  This is because Wales is a principality and considered part of England.  While nearly everyone refers to this flag as a Union Jack, this flag should technically be referred to as a Union Flag when it is on land, and a Union Jack only when it is at sea.   

Conservation Process: This flag was hand sewn to cotton fabric, and both were hand sewn to a mounting board.  To prevent the black dye in the cotton fabric from seeping into the flag, it was first washed in a standard wash and then in a dye setting wash.  The flag is positioned behind a UV resistant acrylic, and spaced apart therefrom using spacers.  The frame is a gorgeous antique frame made of walnut.

Condition Report: This flag has a many small holes, but presents wonderfully.  Many collectors prefer flags that show their use and age. 

Collectability Level: The Good – Perfect for Beginning Collectors and Gifts  
Date of Origin: World War I Era (1914-1918)    

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