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Bermuda - First Colonial Ensign (1875?-1910)

image by Martin Grieve, 7 April 2008

There seems to be no evidence to support the theory that there was a defaced red ensign.
Martin Grieve, 7 April 2008

Bermuda - First Governor's flag (1875?-1910)

image by Martin Grieve, 7 April 2008

Historical Badge (1869?-1910)

image by Martin Grieve, 7 April 2008

The badge (from Admiralty flag book) used on the Union Jack and Blue Ensign before 1910. The badge was based on a sketch, made in 1869, of the 1817 seal, which depicted a wet dock of the time.  It may have been introduced in 1869, or possibly not until 1875, when the badge was approved by the Admiralty.
David Prothero, 12 August 2002

Bermuda used circular seal in 1869 flag. In 1910 it was changed to use of the arms.
David Prothero, 8 April 2005

1960' Flag

image by Clay Moss, 25 November 2005

As reported, the Bermudan red ensign was locally used with a white disc in the 1960-1970ies.
António Martins , 24 May 2000

Bermuda red ensign with the shield on a disk based on a photo of the same flag that was recently up for auction on e-bay. In the photo, I can see what appears to be an Annin label in the heading. The shield in the photo is trimmed in yellow gold which is itself held in a thin red holding line. This image is accurately mimics a couple of other Bermuda red ensigns with disks that I have personally seen, which had black holding lines around the shield down to the grassy area. They were fairly old, and apparently British made as per their proportions and headings.
Clay Moss, 22 September 2005