Scottish Saltire Coronation Pennant, 1950s

Presented is a Scottish celebratory banner from the coronation of Queen Elizabeth II in 1953. The banner hangs vertically from a wooden dowel. The canton is composed of the x-shaped White Cross of St. Andrew on a blue field. Called the Saltire or St. Andrew’s Cross, the design has been the official design of Scotland’s flag and dates back to 1540. Completing the design are three vertical stripes in red, white, and blue, which end in a swallowtail.  

The coronation of Elizabeth II occurred on June 2, 1953 at Westminster Abbey in London. Elizabeth II ascended the throne at the age of 25, after the 1952 death of her father, George VI. During the service, Elizabeth took an oath, was anointed with holy oil, invested with robes and regalia, and crowned Queen of the United Kingdom, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, Pakistan, and Ceylon (now Sri Lanka). Elizabeth's coronation was the fourth and last British coronation of the 20th century. 

Celebrations took place across the Commonwealth realms and a commemorative medal was issued. On June 24th, Queen Elizabeth had her first state visit to Scotland after her accession to the throne. The Honours of Scotland, the Crown, Sword of State, and Sceptre of the Scottish Kings, were carried in procession before Queen Elizabeth. It was the first occasion that the regalia had been borne in public since the visit of King George IV to Edinburgh in 1822. 

CONDITION:

Very good condition. Linen banner, presented vertically on a wooden dowel with pointed finial ends. White linen sleeve. Blue and white Scottish saltire on canton is printed. Three machine-sewn stripes in red, white, and blue dyed linen. Mostly red thread used throughout, in a machine sewn running stitch. White thread used on the sleeve. Reinforced hems along the outside of the flag. Colors are still very vibrant and strong. A little toning to white stripes, due to age and past use. Crease down white stripe. Several threads along hem loose or frayed, not affecting the structural integrity of the flag. Two very small holes in red stripes. Two small holes with rust stains in white sleeve, from past nails. Nails have been removed. Flag dimensions: 57 ⅞” H x 25 ⅝” W. 

This pennant is framed vertically, hanging on a wooden dowel, in a custom-built black and gold frame with conservation-graded UV plexiglas. Framed dimensions: 67 1/2" H x 29 7/8" W x 2 5/8" D.




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