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Rustic British flag holder used to troop the colors on the battlefield. More ornate holders were used in tattoos and parades. This example is from the Boer war period, which was when they really started to become obsolete.

The leather strap is fully adjustable to fit literally any size and the bearer cup would accommodate a 2 3/4 diameter pole. The cup is lead, covered in leather and has two support rings on the top and bottom (which is cracked in image 2).

These are the everyday pieces of equipment which are never kept yet turn up as mere curiosities from time to time. This is the reason I will always choose objects similar to this, to give a complete picture of the scene. Standard Bearers were the most important representative of a regiment in the heat of battle since they bore the hardened resolve of that troop and account for their action on the field.

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Victorian Military flag holder


  • Vintage item from the 1800s
  • Materials: leather, lead
  • Ships worldwide from California, United States
  • Feedback: 136 reviews