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Customs Ensign based on a black and white drawing of the badge and the following description by Carr (1961). "... national Arms with a scroll beneath. The scroll is multi-coloured thus: first section green, centre section red and the remainder saffron: the lettering thereon is white. In the Arms the golden lion is encircled with petals of the same colour on a red background edged with green, ensigned with a golden crown.
The size of the Customs badge in relation to the ensign was not indicated. My
suggestion (shown here) is that the circular part of the Arms should be the same
relative size as a circular badge on a colonial ensign (diameter 4/9ths of
breadth of flag), with the Kandyan Crown and scroll added above and below,
respectively. This follows the pattern of an earlier Customs ensign details of
which are vague. Glen Hodgins, who some will remember was on this mailing-list
when he was at the Canadian High Commission in Sri Lanka, had a c1948 photograph
of a Customs vessel flying an indistinct defaced Blue Ensign with Union canton.
It appeared to have a scroll below a circular badge, and possibly a royal crown
David Prothero, 1 February 2003
image by Željko Heimer
See also the national badge for comparison.