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[Bengal] by Randy Young, 1 December 1998

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Bengal - on a white field a red scimitar between three red barrels. Does anyone know the symbolism for this flag?
Randy Young, 1 December 1998

This flag is confirmed by a European source from 1862. Another source in 1868 has the barrels and sword as yellow.
Nozomi Kariyasu, 20 January 2001

[Bengal according to 19th century source] by Jaume Ollé, from Vlaggen van alle Natien, 1862, plaat 15 No. 507

My notes say that a similar ensign is quoted by the British Encyclopaedia
Jaume Ollé, 27 January 2001

An 1848/1862 source gives a 2:3 flag with white-red-blue-white-red-blue-white-red-blue horizontal equal stripes and the Union Jack in the canton. It appears on the chart next to a similar but different flag for the Sandwich Islands (Hawaii)
Nozomi Kariyasu, 20-24 January 2001

Images from my old collection show this flag, and a version with stripes red-white-blue-red-white-blue-red-white-blue. It is similar to the ensigns of the British East India Company
Jaume Ollé, 21 January 2001