Object Title

Flag

Flag

Date

1831-1870

Object Number

XXVIM.13

Provenance

One of a pair with XXVIM.14 captured by British and French forces from the Great South fort at Taku in the Peking Campaign, 1860. Transferred from The Royal United Services Museum in 1963.

Physical Description

Triangular brown fabric with wavy serrated edges in white, with a constellation of applied white fabric discs and lines. The flag is attached to a pole by means of white fabric ties.

Dimensions

Dimensions: height 2730 mm, maximum width 1870 mm

Associations

Places China

Notes

This is possibly one of several flags exhibited at the Royal United Services Museum, Whitehall (see Leetham 1924 sn): 12 and 6432 flag taken by the British Naval Brigade which led the Allied Storming part on 17 June 1900, presented by Admiral Sir Edward Hobart Seymour; 6449, large silk Chinese flag from the Taku Forts (Second China War) successfully assaulted on 21st August 1860 by combined forces of 11,000 British and 7,000 French troops under Sir Hope Grant. Flag captured by Captain Riorden of the China Field Force, presented to the Museum by Captain D C L Orton of the Welsh Border Mounted Brigade; 6452, Chinese flag taken at the Taku Forts, given by Admiral T Saumarez, C B; 7758, two triangular Chginese flags captured at the First China War 1842, transferred from the Royal Hostpital Kilmainham, 1922.