Trafalgar Day is the celebration of the victory won by the British Royal Navy commanded by Vice Admiral Horatio Nelson over the combined French and Spanish fleets at the Battle of Trafalgar on 21 October 1805.
This full set of fully stitched UK Ministry of Defence specification fabric flags spells out "England expects that every man will do his duty", the signal sent by Nelson from his flagship HMS Victory at the start of the Battle of Trafalgar on 21st October 1805.
During the battle, as Nelson's fleet closed in on the allied fleet, he ordered Lieutenant John Pasco to signal the British fleet as soon as possible. After Pasco suggested some changes, and Nelson agreed to them, the signal was sent at around 11:45 a.m. on 21 October 1805 and relayed using a numeric flag code known as the 'Telegraphic signals of marine vocabulary'.
Although there was much confusion surrounding the precise wording of the signal in the aftermath of the battle, the significance of the victory and Nelson's death during the battle led to the phrase becoming a standard representation of a militant English spirit of courage and virtue in the face of conflict. It has been regularly quoted, paraphrased and referenced up to the modern day.
Please note that this set we have listed is ex display. This means its in great condition, has been washed and checked over but the flags may have slight blemishes which will not be seen when flown.
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Each flag is made to order and finished with a strong canvas, cored rope and ash wood toggle with triple sewn fly end as standard.
Other finishes include top and bottom loop, Dring/s, Inglefield brass clips, extra length halyard… available on request.
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The measurements listed on our website are rounded up and down to the point 5 when converted from inches to cms. Flags are traditionally measured in Imperial units, so inches take priority over cms. Your flag will be generously made to the inch format. Measurements listed are for guidance – we can make any size as we create from scratch.
Please note that the MOD specification fabric is only available in a max width of 1.5m, so if the STITCHED flag you require is bigger than the fabric allows, a central seam (either vertically or horizontally) will be incorporated into the flag design.
Fully stitched, part stitched part printed or fully printed
Where flags are fully STITCHED with detail, applique is sewn through in layers giving a sewn mirror image on reverse. We use Ministry of Defence specification woven polyester as standard - this replaced the traditional wool and linen/cotton mix fibre fabric in and around the 1980s and has a matt finish and a strength and durability which lasts longer than previous natural fibre fabrics. The colours are dense and strong.
Please refer to the 'fabric we use' section in the footer of our website to see the stock colours available where we also talk about the linens and other fabrics we use.
Where flags are part-SEWN part-PRINTED, Ministry of Defence specification woven polyester ground (base) is stitched and hemmed and the detail (badge, emblem etc.) is printed twice to cotton LIMA poplin fabric and stitched to each side of the flag around the detail facing left to right on the front and mirror image on the reverse unless otherwise requested.
Where flags are fully PRINTED, the format is single layer, printed through with mirror image on reverse to a strong knit polyester. Printed flags are slightly opaque in appearance.
PLEASE NOTE that our strong knit polyester is NOT to same as what retailers and other manufacturers describe as 'economy' flag fabric (roughly translating to inexpensive and not likely to last more than a few days at best). We print our flags using a sublimation heat process which prints and melts through the fibres to give a crisp and clean image on both sides, mirror image on reverse. Our flags are automatically double sided.
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