WW1 Silk Banner of World Flags, Circa 1912-1918


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40 silk collectors flags stitched together to form this wonderfull banner. Produced during the First World War for BDV cigarettes. 

Godfrey Philips Ltd introduced B.D.V cigarettes in the early 1900's and was a popular brand up until 1948 when it was dropped.

The name B.D.V originated from BOYD & Dibrell Virginia who were the US suppliers of their tobacco. Another explaniation is that it originates from a court case in 1901 when a member of the Philips family stated in court that the B.D.V brand was an abbreviation of the Latin words "Benedictus dominus vobiscum" meaning the pipe of peace.

Velcro mounted to wood ready for hanging.

Overall in good order scattered areas of fraying 

150cm x 43cm