Whether it is the famous three lions of King Richard or the Stars and Stripes, historical flags have represented honor and show allegiance and pride. Flags, banners, standards, call them what you will, they represent countries, militaries, identify territories, honor royalty, and can act as warnings. However, there are some that were infamous as well. Pirates and Privateers of all sorts made flags to instill fear, the most famous being the skull and crossbones

In antiquity, standards were used in warfare to identify the various factions fighting and reigned over a victorious battlefield. Examples include the eagle carried by the Roman aquilifer, or the dragon standard of the Sarmatians. The latter would fly freely in the wind, carried by a horseman, similar to a kite. Beginning in the Middle Ages and later, flags were used primarily as a symbol of identity in battle, which made it easier to identify a knight than only from the heraldic symbol painted on the shield or tunic. The increasing use of flags during the high medieval period was gradually adopted by city states. During the Age of Sail, especially in the early 17th century, it was common (later a legal obligation) for ships to bear flags designating their nationality; these flags would eventually evolve into present-day national flags. Flags also became the preferred means to convey messages at sea. 

Use of flags outside of military or naval context begins only with the rise of nationalism at the end of the 18th century; the earliest have been dated to that period, and during the 19th century it became common for every sovereign state to have a national flag. We feature many iconic pirate flagsUS flags and US Civil War flags, plus many historical flags from various countries that are suitable for indoor or outdoor use. All of these are great for display, teaching, home use, or reenacting.

Read about flag etiquette and standards of respect for the US flag

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13 Star Confederate Flag

The official Civil War battle flag of the South. Made of indoor-outdoor polyester, this flag measures 3' x 3' and is double sided with 2 metal grommets.

1st Confederate National Flag

This is the real “Stars and Bars” flag and measures 3' x 5'. It is double sided, made of indoor-outdoor Polyester and has metal grommets.

34 Star Union Flag

34 Star Round Union Flag measures 3' x 5'. It is double sided, made of indoor-outdoor polyester and has metal grommets.

Betsy Ross Flag

Betsy Ross, the first official American flag, measures 3' x 5' and is double sided with 2 metal grommets.

Calico Jack Pirate Flag

Pirate John Rackham's flag featuring large crossed cutlasses. Made of indoor/outdoor polyester, this double sided flag measures 3' x 5' with metal grommets.

Concealment Flag Case

This flag case has wood construction and a glass front to display your flag. The front is held on by magnets hinges down to expose a deep hidden space to hide valuables.

Don't Tread On Me Gadsden Flag

The Gadsden Flag with the image of a coiled rattlesnake was first used in 1750's prior to the American Revolution. Measuring 3' x 5', this flag is made of indoor-outdoor polyester and has metal grommets.

Embroidered Fringed Colonial Flag

This heavy duty flag is made of 210D Oxford polyester with embroidered stars and bright gold fringe. Features four rows of stitching at the fly-end. Brass grommets.

Top Customer Reviews

Review of: 13 Star Confederate Flag

A well made collector flag, Save our history
Reviewed by: Robert, July 19, 2019

Review of: Betsy Ross Flag

Great quality on the flags I bought at a good price.
Reviewed by: Jim, July 16, 2019

Review of: 1st Confederate National Flag

Exactly as listed and shown in the on line catalog, nice quality, good and fast shipment,looking forward to flying it along side some other flags.
Reviewed by: Michael, February 19, 2019

Review of: 13 Star Confederate Flag

I am a historian and a lover of the south.  Mine would be in all kinds of weather.  Good strong sturdy.
Reviewed by: Jim, January 22, 2019

Review of: 13 Star Confederate Flag

I ordered this flag for a friend's birthday.  He was thrilled and it was exactly what he wanted.  Very please with the product and expedient delivery.
Reviewed by: Sandra, August 19, 2018

Review of: 34 Star Union Flag

This iss a flag for display purposes, screen printed representation of a Civil War era flag. Previous reviews indicates that the ink fades fast in the sun so I expect it to be used mostly for indoor use.
Reviewed by: Valiant, January 23, 2016

Review of: 13 Star Confederate Flag

It would be nice for display purposes if the stars were embroidered.
Reviewed by: Kenneth, September 29, 2015

Review of: 13 Star Confederate Flag

I was happy with my order I got these for the grandkids. Thank you Ray
Reviewed by: Ray, September 29, 2015

Review of: 34 Star Union Flag

Awesome flag.  Great display piece with very fine knit.
Reviewed by: Andrew, June 12, 2014

Review of: 13 Star Confederate Flag

Reviewed by: Larry, December 10, 2010