Since before the beginning of recorded history flags have played an important part in human life. Archaeology has revealed their use in the Middle East over Five thousand years ago, in Egypt in the first dynasty and in ancient China. In those days ‘flags’ were solid objects on poles. Flags as we know them today began with the roman ‘vexilla’ (a square of cloth hung from a horizontal bar) and ‘draco’ standards (hollow cloth tubes designed to inflate with the wind).
Mr. Turtle & Mr. Pearce set up shop in 1872 in the London Borough of Southwark – close to the home of Charles Dickens – after winning a contract to supply the Royal Navy with signalling flags, and quietly started to become one of the world’s leading manufacturers and suppliers of flags, banners and pennants.
We’re still here, making flags and banners by hand in the traditional way for some of our oldest clients, just as we have done for over a century.
Our business philosophy is simple: every customer, every order, is important to us and we strive to extend the very best service and advice to guide you to choose the product that will perfectly suit your requirements.
George Tutill was founded in 1837, initially for the production of processional banners and regalia for Trade Unions and Friendly Societies. Their flags were flown at the Great Exhibition in 1851.
Tutill joined forces with Turtle & Pearce in the 1950s, mainly to develop their flag trade facilities.
Able Flags was founded as P & R Pennants in 1954 by Messrs Peartree and Raynor in Essex and moved to the South Coast in 1978. Able Flags joined the Group in the early 1990’s. With their combined client bases, expertise and products the Flagmaker Group has become one of the major suppliers in the UK.
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Flagmakers Ethical Sourcing And Manufacturing Policy
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