This is the mast ensign from MTB 632Measurement of Ensigns, Standards, etc.
The size of British Ensigns, Standards, and Union Flags is commonly expressed in terms of ‘breadths.’ This measurement, which is 9 inches, is used for describing the size of any of the above flags. Bunting is supplied in two widths broad 19 inches, and narrow, 9 inches.
In the Union Flags, Standards, and the White, Blue, and Red Ensigns the length is twice the breadth. In the Admirals’ Flags the length is 1 times the breadth.
When the size of one of the above flags is spoken of as say, “16 breadths,” it denotes that it is 16 x 9 inches (or 12 feet) broad and, as it is twice as long as it is broad, 24 feet long, except an Admiral’s Flag which would be 18 feet.
Each cloth of bunting has a few thicker threads worked not only into its edges, but also at every 6 inches of its warp, and this mark shows the bunting to be of Government make.
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