This flag and this design with the coat of arms of France in the center are most commonly associated with ceremonial occasions from 1590 – 1790. There was no specified number of fleurs-de-lis for these flags. Actually this design was printed onto lengths of yardgoods and cut off to size as needed. The origin of the fleur-de-lis symbol is not known for certain. Some have seen it as a flower, others as a weapon and still others as a frog. The original Banner of France was strewn with fleurs-de-lis.