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image by Klaus-Michael Schneider, 26 October 2010
The flag is heraldic in origin. It shows the French Modern pattern of the
royal standards, i.e. the leopards/lions of England quartered with three fleur
de lis of France, the whole is superimposed by the red centred cross of
St.George fimbriated white.
According to source p.38 it is “the oldest and most beautiful house flag, that has vanished from the sea, for the Muscovy Company no longer exists.” Queen Elizabeth I., in granting it a charter to trade with Russia, especially furs, allowed it to use the St. George’s Cross and the English arms.
Source: Campbell and Evans (1953); plate V, flag no.1
Klaus-Michael Schneider, 27 October 2010