There are several theories as to the origin of the term "Jolly Roger", the main belief is that it is a French to English translation. Initially, a plain red flag was flown to show that the no mercy would be given ("no quarter given"), or in another words - death to all. So a ship flying a red flag actually caused more fear because it meant no life would be spared. It is from this red flag that it is believed the term "Jolly Roger" was derived from. In French, "jolie rouge" translates approximately into "beautiful/lovely red" which may have been altered into "jolly roger" over time.
The flags on this page are 12" x 18" made of durable 100% Nylon material that is fade and mildew resistant. The Flags are double-sided with image on both sides. Polypropylene Header with Brass Grommets.