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One of a pair with XXVIM.13 captured by British and French forces from the Great South fort at Taku in the Peking Campaign, 1860. Transfered from the Royal United Services Museum in 1963.

Physical Description

Triangular yellow silk with wavy serrated edges with an applied design of a dragon and clouds in gold with black lines. The flag is attached to a pole by means of a fabric tube of the same material and probably tacked or nailed in place. Of yellow silk, with a dragon applied.


Places China


This is possibly one of two flags exhibited at the Royal United Services Museum, Whitehall and recorded in the 8th Edition catalogue, 1932.
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.
Given by Captain D C L Orton, Welsh Border Mounted Brigade.
6452. Chinese flag taken at the Taku Forts.
Given by Admiral T Saumarez, C B.