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Ensign 19th Century (Malta)

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In the 19th century there may have been a Red Ensign with a white St George's cross and no badge i.e. a Union Flag in the canton of the flag of the Order of St John. Source: Flags of All Nations, K.Z. Steenbergen, Amsterdam c.1860 [stb62].
David Prothero
, 7 February 2000

The impression I have is that it was more like 2:3 than 1:2.
David Prothero, 15 December 2000

Znamierowski 2000 [zna99], French edition, p. 6, shows a colour plate from Colton's Delineation of Flags of All Nations, 1862. Two Maltese ensigns are displayed on the plate, the first (#129) labelled Malta showing a white field with a decentered St.George's cross defining a square canton, which includes an Union Jack.
Ivan Sache
, 10 March 2001

But that would be simply a British White Ensign? Which of course could be frequently spotted in Malta at that time.
Santiago Dotor
, 13 March 2001

Steenbergen, Vlaggen van Alle Natien, Amsterdam 1862 [stb62] shows for Malta a red flag, white St George's cross, Union [Flag] canton. This seems a more likely design for a Maltese flag in the period before British maritime flags were re-organised in 1864.
David Prothero
, 13 March 2001