This flag is made in America of tough, durable and long-lasting nylon fabric, with solid brass grommets. You won’t find nylon flags with higher tensile and tear strength.
It has excellent strength retention under UV exposure, and high resistance to UV fading. The dye is deep and rich, lasting over time due to the aniline dyeing process. This flag has better wash-fastness and light-fastness than nylons of similar fabric construction.
There is a one inch double edge fold with four rows of stitching on the fly edge, where the flag needs the greatest strength.
In addition, there is 1 1/2 inch reinforced stitching vertically at the fly corners, and 3 1/2 inch reinforced hem stitching (horizontal) at top and bottom of the fly.
Our earliest record of the use of a skull and crossbones flag by pirates dates back to 1687, in a log book now in the National Library of France. The entry from December 6th, 1687: “And we put down our white flag, and raised a red flag with a Skull head on it and two crossed bones (all in white and in the middle of the flag), and then we marched on.” (Many pirates raided towns and ports, and even marched for long distances to reach a great prize).
The first report of the Jolly Roger on a ship is from 1700 and the French pirate Emanuel Wynn. This is verified from reports of John Cranby, captain of the British ship HMS Poole, now archived at the London Public Record Office.
(An article on the Jolly Roger history and the Golden Age of Piracy is shipped with this flag.)