This excellent No. 3 Company Fante Asafo flag from Ghana is a true treasure. A wonderful, highly collectible, decorative art piece that tells of a distinct part of African Colonial history. This particular flag is typical of No. 3 Company in it's minimalist green ground but shows wonderful embroidery in the drummer and text.
*This flag also shows the palimpsest of the date 1874 so was likely some sort of commemorative flag!
Size: 40 x 68"
Stitching: hand stitched/embroidery
Material: cotton applique
Canton: United Kingdom
age: 1940's or 50's
Company: No. 3
Condition: light staining, small holes commensurate with age.
Asafo flags derive from the militia groups of the Akan people of Ghana; many of whom lived along the coast and traded with Europeans for cloth. Lacking organised military at the time the Fante peoples organised into Asafo ( Sa meaning War and Fo meaning people) units that protected local interests. The Fante culture continues to this day with regular festivals.