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image by Martin Grieve, 20 February 2004
Badge from 1957 to 1967 was a shield party per pall (divided into three
compartments by Y shaped lines) surmounted by a crest, all on a white circle.
The crest was three dolphins grouped vertically with their heads on a white/blue
torse, a golden coronet around their bodies and their tails in the air. The
upper left compartment, a sailor,supposed to be Columbus, standing on the deck
of a ship and looking through a telescope, represented St Kitts. Upper right
compartment, three ladies washing by a waterfall, represented Nevis. Lower
compartment, a fisherman with a canoe drawn up on a beach, represented
Anguilla. There is a small black and white drawing in
David Prothero, 20 Sep 2000
Shows the arms granted to St.Christopher-Nevis-Anguilla 4 June 1957. They
were used as a flag badge from December 1958 until February 1967.
St Christopher-Nevis-Anguilla was one of the presidencies of the Leeward Islands federation. St Christopher and Nevis are only two miles apart, but Anguilla is sixty miles to the north-west, beyond St Martin. The federation was dissolved in 1956, and the islands became a separate colony, joining the Federation of the West Indies when it was formed in 1958. After the collapse of this Federation in 1966,
St Christopher-Nevis-Anguilla was granted new arms 16 February 1967, and became a British Associated State 27 February 1967.
The ducal coronet from the Leeward Island arms was retained in the crest, but three dolphins replaced the pineapple. Perhaps this was the inspiration for Anguilla's present flag ?
St Christopher has the same pictorial image as on the Leeward Island arms, a man on board ship looking through a telescope. It is supposed to represent Christopher Columbus, who discovered the island on his second voyage in 1493, but the clothes and telescope are inaccurate. Nevis also has the same image as on the Leeward arms, three women by a medicinal spring. According to an article in The Flag Bulletin vol XXIII:2/104, March-April 1984, a child and two women have been replaced by three women. However this is not correct; it seems that one woman sitting on the ground has been mistaken for a child. The best drawing of the original picture is on some of the St Kitts-Nevis postage stamps issued between 1903 and 1950.
Anguilla, which did not feature on the Leeward Island arms, was first discovered by Amerindians from the mainland of South America, and it seems likely that it is this event which is being recalled by the picture of a man with a conch shell standing beside a dug-out canoe.
David Prothero, 19 February 2004
image by Martin Grieve, 20 February 2004
Can someone please let me know what British Governor's flag this is?
Keir, 10 September 2008
St Christopher (or St Kitts if you prefer) formed part of the Leewards
Islands colony until the "Associated State" of St Kitts, Nevis, Anguilla was
formed in 1967 (and that used a rather different badge)?
Christopher Southworth, 11 September 2008
I think this is the St.Kitts in the time before Leeward Islands were created,
when St.Kitts was a Presidency. That means somewhere between 1860's to 1901,
before it was merged with Nevis and Anguilla.
Valentin Poposki, 11 September 2008
It's definitely the St Kitts badge - have a look at old stamps from the era
image, which shows three stamps, one with the St Kitts badge and the other
two with the Nevis one)
James Dignan, 11 September 2008
image by David Prothero, 19 February 2009
image by Chrystian Kretowicz, 12 September 2008
I'm almost 100% sure, although it couldn't be a flag of the
Governor-Administrator maybe, or Resident, at the most. I have the badge
dated "prior to 1957" in my files and it surely represents the
Saint Christopher Island. The one you've mention contains the same badge as one
of its elements.
Chrystian Kretowicz, 11 September 2008
It is the flag of the Governor of St.Christopher(Kitts)-Nevis (1967-1983),
been the flag of the Administrator (1960-1967). Perhaps dormant 1971 to 1980
the islands were under direct rule from Britain after the Anguilla disturbances.
St.K&N was a presidency when it was part of the Leeward Islands Federation. The Federation was dissolved in 1956 and the presidencies became separate colonies, though the Governor of the Leeward Island remained in office as governor of each colony. The post of Governor of the Leeward Islands was abolished in 1960 and St.K&N was governed by an Administrator.
Administrators did not rate a defaced Union Jack unless they were considered to be an officer in charge of a government. The Administrator of St.K&N would appear to have been that, so he may have had this flag. In 1967, when St.K&N became an associated state, the post was upgraded to governor.
David Prothero, 12 September 2008