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by Blas Delgado Ortiz
"The badge of this protectorate has a red field, upon which are imposed two interlocked triangles in the form of a six-pointed star. In the center is the crown of the British Empire."from National Geographics Oct.1917
"The union jack is the national flag of the colonies as well as of the mother countries and, although it is a rule observed more in the breach than in its observance, no other flag is to be displayed ashore. According to British flag law, the union jack, in its plain condition and withoutemblazonment or badge, is the only flag an individual or corporation in British realms may properly fly. However, since the shipping of theprincipal colonies is accustomed to fly the red ensign with the badge of the colony represented in the fly, this flag is frequently, if not indeed usually, displayed by the people of the several colonies as their particular flag. Vessels bearing colonial governors or other adminstrative officials of badge-possessing rank fly the union jack with a badge of the colony placed within a wreath at the intersection of the crosses. Vessels of the colonial public service display the blue ensign with the badge of the colony from which it hails in the fly."
Recently I received a great drawing of the badges of North and South Nigeria.
In the center is a red shield with green "Solomon's seal" (flanked by lion and Unicorn and below a helmet and feathers). The author says that is the same badge (only minor differences; in South Nigeria the disk is green and in North Nigeria it is red; the inscription is "Southern Nigeria" or "Northern Nigeria").
The central part of the badges in "Badges of the British Commonwealth" and in photocopy of Flaggenbuch is unreadable. Then, you know if the badge with shield with Salomon's seal was really used for North Nigeria and also for South Nigeria.
Jaume Ollé, 30 March 1998
Apart from Gambia, Gold Coast and Sierra Leone, this badge was also used with L in red for Lagos from 1886 to 1906