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British Empire Flags

[British Empire Flag] image by Charles Ashburner

This flag occasionally turns up on eBay and similar sites. 

I would call this a patriotic decoration rather than a flag, in the sense that it was probably meant to be draped indoors, and not flown on a flag pole.

It has the Star of India in the centre, four white stars on the St George's cross probably represent New Zealand, the arms of Australia, Canada, and Union of
South Africa in the quarters. The South African arms were granted in 1910. The maple leaves on the Canadian shield were blazoned in 1921 and changed from green to red in 1957.

It might have been produced for celebrations in connection with the Silver Jubilee of George V in 1935, or the Coronation of George VI in 1937.
David Prothero, 2 July 2002

People know that it was never 'official' in any sense and that it was probably incorrect wherever and whenever it was originally flown; but they buy it because it looks 'right'. Judging from the increasing number of odd designs like this that we're selling these days I'd say that late 19th Century and early 20th Century street flag designs are enjoying a bit of a resurgence.
Charles Ashburner, 5 November 2007

[British Empire Flag]  provided by Charles Ashburner, 5 November 2007

[British Empire Flag]  provided by Charles Ashburner, 5 November 2007

These designs can also be purchased as "Empire flags".
Charles Ashburner, 5 November 2007

[British Empire Flag] image provided by George Irwin, 23 April 2008

A photograph of a flag which I had always assumed to have been created around the time of Queen Victoria's Golden/Diamond Jubilee. Any further information would be welcome.
George Irwin, 23 April 2007