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untitled - Maritime flags of the world on cotton kerchief

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A fine example of a very decorative printed ‘kerchief displaying the standards, pennants and flags of numerous merchant sailing authorities and nations. Top and lower borders duplicate depictions of the Standards of Portugal, England and Spain plus six British ensigns and those of Oporto and Spanish Merchants. At each side 11 further flags are shown including those of China, Russia, Norway and the Russian American Company (the only flag relevant to North America). In the centre are 11 rows of 12 further emblems including Arabia, Japan, Cochin China, East India Company, Venice, Majorca, Algerine Rover (a skull and crossbones), Mecca, Ireland, the Papal Standard and so on. Although predominantly representing eastern hemisphere ships various South American maritime entities are also shown including - Valparaiso, Peru, Buenos Aires, Carracas, Mexico, the Empire of Brazil. In total over 170 flags are depicted although two rows are duplicated so around 140 different flags appear. Decorative kerchiefs were popular and instructive as adornments throughout Georgian and Victorian times and were sometimes printed on silk or, as here, on cotton from a woodblock. However, few have survived. This is a very good fresh example of a scarce and intriguing object.
region: World Maps
mapmaker: Unknown
place and date of publication: London c. 1850
medium and colour: woodblock on cotton, Original Colour
size in mm: 800 by 800mm (31.5 by 31.5 inches).
ref: 43252

Price: £ 1600£ 960

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