Tin-Plate Workers' Banner, Liverpool*

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Liverpool Tinplate Workers' banner, 1821. This flag was made by William Dixon for the celebration of the coronation of George IV. He was paid five shillings for 'painting and washing a colour'. A colour had a Union Jack in the corner, similar to those still carried by army regiments. This may indicate that the society saw itself as patriotic rather than the potentially subversive organisation envisaged by the government and employers. This is the oldest surviving trade union banner in the world.

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Tin-Plate Workers' Banner, Liverpool*




oil on linen


H 150 x W 266 cm

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Acquisition method

gift from the Manufacturing, Science, Finance (MSF) trade union/J. Carr, 1989

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