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Tutill Banner Discovery

It is still surprising to us to learn that another George Tutill banner has being discovered after all these years. This recent case being no exception, thank you to a Mr David Selby for getting in touch. Flagmakers were more than happy to try and assist Mr Selby in finding out a little more about […]

George Tutill at Edinburgh Museum

Raise the Banners High Book

Flagmakers would like to send a big thank you for the stunning book gifted to us by the Edinburgh Museum and Galleries. Still considering myself quite new to the flag and banner world, I felt a bit of history might help me learn more about Flagmakers and flag making past and present. Hence I started […]

George Tutill Regalia Antique Discovery


Tutill made many items similar to this, often labelled regalia. The small but ornate designs were often attached to Tutill’s work as a mark of his work and of quality. Much like modern Hallmarks used on money for example. The decorative and perfectionist style of Tutill’s work meant these pieces were often very detailed and well-crafted fitting with the rest of the banner.

Well-preserved Tutill banner discovered in Fringford

Before modern-day insurance companies and wellfare reform, it was commonplace for individuals and communities to band together and create what were called Friendly Societies. These groups would help each other with insurance, pensions, savings, or cooperative banking on small scales. These groups were able to provide a service to individuals and often according to their religious, political, or trade affiliations.

One such group was the Fringford Friendly Society, based in the village of Fringford, Oxfordshire. This society, part of the Mansfield Lodge of the Independent Order of the Oddfellows (Manchester Unity), was created on the 15th January 1872 (during the 37th year of Queen Victoria), but was dissolved (with the member’s consent) on the 17th February 1914.

Social networking with a pre-digital-age banner

Here’s proof that social and business networking was thriving, way before the advent of computers and the Internet. Complex banners were a way of bringing companies together to advertise their wares, and we’ve just found some rare examples dating back to Victorian times. With a history of 175 years behind Flagmakers, it never ceases to […]

Historic banner found down-under

George Tutill, one of our sister companies, is proud of its heritage and we’re always delighted when they unearth fascinating examples of their art from days of old. The latest discovery is a ceremonial banner, dating from pre-1900, that is now on prominent display in a museum in New South Wales in Australia. The banner […]

Tasmanian Renovations Unearth Flags Of Yesteryear

Members of Westbury and Districts Historical Society were astounded when several original banners in their original tin box were unearthed during renovations at the town hall in Westbury, Tasmania. The banners were made by George Tutill Ltd in 1896, and had the original paperwork including the invoice and insurance document with the banners in the […]