At the time of Confederation in 1867, Canada did not yet have its own Coat of Arms so it employed the Great Seal of Canada on its flag which consisted of the Coat of Arms of the original 4 provinces. The Coats of Arms of newly incorporated provinces were unofficially added to flag designs as the new provinces joined into Confederation.The official Great Seal of Canada with its 4 provinces however remained the same, and it is this version of the flag that was flown by the Canadian Corps in WWI at Vimy Ridge, Lens, Hill 70, and Passchendaele. In 1921, Canada was granted its own national Coat of Arms, which would replace the Great Seal on the Red Ensign until the Maple Leaf we know today supplanted the Ensign as Canadas national flag in 1965.
A rare survivor from the early days of Canadian nationhood, this ensign is very hard to come by. Multi-layered panel stitched wool bunting. Wear is commensurate with age of the piece, displaying some minor moth nipped holes, staining along white canvas edge and a few older stitched repairs (as pictured). None of these affect the overall appearance of the piece. The flag is structurally solid, with vibrant colours and tight stitching.Please refer to photos for further details. 1914-1918 Antique WWI era Canadian 4 Province Red Ensign Flag Canada Vintage" is in sale since Sunday, October 6, 2019. This item is in the category "Collectibles\Historical Memorabilia\Flags & Pennants\International Country Flags\Canada". The seller is "vintage_canadian" and is located in Paris, Ontario. This item can be shipped to Canada, United States.