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Flag Log's 1881 Chart of National Flags

Argentina (state)
Argentina (civil)
Austria-Hungary (state)
Austria-Hungary (civil)
Belgium
Bolivia (state)
Bolivia (civil)
Bora Bora
Brazil
Brunei
Burma
Chile
China
Colombia
Costa Rica (civil)
Costa Rica (state)
Dai Nam
Denmark (civil)
Denmark (state)
Dominican Republic
Ecuador
Ethiopia
France
Germany
Greece (land)
Greece (sea)
Guatemala (state)
Guatemala (civil)
Haiti (civil)
Haiti (state)
Hawaii
Honduras (state)
Honduras (civil)
Huahine
Italy (civil)
Italy (state)
Japan
Jebel Shammar
Johor
Korea
Liberia
Liechtenstein
Luxembourg
Mexico
Monaco (civil)
Monaco (state)
Montenegro (state)
Montenegro (civil)
Morocco
Muscat and Oman
Nepal
Netherlands
Nicaragua
Norway (civil)
Norway (state)
Orange Free State
Paraguay (front)
Paraguay (back)
Persia
Peru (civil)
Peru (state)
Portugal
Rapa Nui
Rarotonga
Rimatara
Romania
Rurutu
Russia
Salvador
Samoa
San Marino (state)
San Marino (civil)
Sarawak (state)
Sarawak (civil)
Serbia (civil)
Serbia (state)
Siam
Sokoto
Spain (state)
Spain (civil)
Sweden (civil)
Sweden (state)
Switzerland
Tonga
Turkey
United Kingdom
United States
Uruguay
Uvea
Venezuela (civil)
Venezuela (state)
Witu
Zanzibar

Appendix – Non-Independent Territories

Abu Dhabi
Afghanistan
Ajman
Andorra
Bahama Islands
Bahrain
Bermuda
Bosnia-Herzegovina
British Guiana
British Honduras
British West Africa
Bulgaria
Cambodia
Canada
Cape Colony
Ceylon
Cyprus
Dubai
Eastern Rumelia
Egypt
Falkland Islands
Fiji
Gibraltar
Gold Coast
Guernsey
Heligoland
Hong Kong
India
International Congo Association
Jamaica
Jersey
Khiva
Leeward Islands
Maldive Islands
Malta
Martinique
Mauritius
Natal
New South Wales
New Zealand
Newfoundland
Order of Malta
Perak
Queensland
Raiatea
Saint Helena
Samos
Selangor
Shanghai
Sharjah
Sikkim
South Australia
Straits Settlements
Tasmania
Transvaal
Trinidad
Tunisia
Umm al-Quwain
Victoria
Western Australia

Historical Notes

April 4: Monaco adopted a new flag.
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May 12: Tunis became a French protectorate.
July 5: Mangareva was annexed by France.
August 3: Transvaal was reconstituted as an autonomous state under British suzerainty.
Sometime in 1881: Ethiopia adopted three pennants.
Sometime in 1881: Montenegro changed its civil flag.
Sometime in 1881: Cyprus was granted a flag.
Sometime around 1881: Afghanistan started flying a black flag.