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One of the last flags from the Battle of Trafalgar sold for a world record price on Trafalgar Day on Wednesday confirming that our patriotic love affair with the Union Jack is still going strong.
The finely preserved 200-year-old Napoleonic Flag that flew from the jackstaff of HMS Spartiate sold for £384,000, more than 25 times its top estimate of £10,000-15,000, at Charles Miller Ltd in London.
The buyer, a collector in America, hopes to have the flag displayed in a British museum.

From the many home accessories emblazoned with the Union Jack motif on the market at the moment, its clear the interiors world is also gripped by something of a flag frenzy. If you like the look but can't bid for a museum piece, here are a few of our favourite Union Jack designs...



Emma Bridgewater is staying true to her British roots, adorning cake tins, mugs, biscuit barrels, teapots and tea towels with the flag.


Amara De le Cuona flag cushion

Decorexi Ltd in Camden Passage, London is selling vintage Union Jack upholstered arm chairs

Jan Constantine has Union Jack cushions in a variety of colours