Der Rittmeister Militaria, LLC. Imperial German Merchandise: Flags, Kriegsflagges, Table Flags, Banners and Accessories.   Updated on 27 April 2017
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20-176 NAVAL STANDARD FOR A PRINZ OF THE HOUSE OF HOHENZOLLERN. This is an incredible standard/banner that was used on Kaiserliche Marine vessels. The banner proclaimed the presence of a Prinz of the House of Hohenzollern on board. Three Hohenzollern Princes are the most likely to have had this particular flag flown for them. The senior of the three was Großadmiral Prinz Heinrich (1862-1929). He was Kaiser Wilhelm II’s (1859-1941) younger brother. The second was Kaiser Wilhelm II’s son, Prinz Adalbert (1884-1948). The final prince was Prinz Heinrich’s son, Prinz Waldemar (1889-1945). That said, if ANY Hohenzollern Prinz were visiting a ship (even if he served in the Army), this flag would have correctly flown to honor and recognize him. The standard measures a whopping 6’ 11"(83") x 6’ 6"(78.") The banner’s center sports a large Hohenzollern Eagle within a shield. Below that is an important symbol of Prussian royalty, the Black Eagle Collar. [An excellent representative of the Collar resides at Haus Doorn, Kaiser Wilhelm II’s residence-in-exile, in the Netherlands. The last example I saw on the market, which had belonged to the King of Bulgaria, sold with its presentation case for more than $100,000!] Above it all sits a red and gold Hohenzollern Crown. The entire arrangement is superimposed on a large Iron Cross measuring 5' 11" (71") x 6' 6"(78.") Two more smaller Hohenzollern Crowns appear to the right of the shield. The upper left and lower right corners feature smaller Hohenzollern Eagles. Two repair patches show in the upper and lower right corners. No tearing or rips are apparent, although substantial fading has occurred from exposure to the elements. The standard’s right side displays a lanyard and other fittings by which it can be attached to a ship’s halyard. Normally, members of the royal house only visited battleships and battle cruisers, so typically one would not see this banner on a small vessel. The flag is somewhat similar to the Kaiser’s Standard, but some differences exist. Its overall condition is average, or a bit better. This is not an unused, or mint flag. It has seen service. It exhibits the expected wear a cotton item such as this experiences when exposed to salt air, salt water, smoke, etc. It is a great item for any royal or naval collection. $3,495.00 

 

 

 

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25-89 VETERANS’ BANNER WITH FLAG POLE - HUSAREN-REGIMENT Nr 17 AND INFANTERIE-REGIMENT NR 92 -  BRAUNSCHWEIG. Over the years we have offered many special items from the Duchy of Braunschweig, one of our favorite German states. Part of this Duchy’s and its army’s allure arises from Husaren-Regiment Nr 17's and Infanterie-Regiment Nr 92's Totenköpfe (Death’s Heads), which were displayed on their headdress and acted as their persona. To that end, today we are offering you one of the most important items ever, a veterans’ flag for both regiments. It is more than a mere veterans’ flag, however, much more. Allow me to share a regimental banner’s importance with you, as this particular banner shares some great similarities. A regimental banner was any regiment’s most important possession. This goes back to early European times, when European nations’ armies received their regimental flags/banners from their nations’ monarchs. It was personally entrusted to them by their sovereign as his representatives. To lose your regimental flag/banner in battle was a matter of grave consequence. Every man, from the lowliest private all the way up to the regiment’s commander, was shamed by its loss. Such a loss generally signaled the end of a regimental commander’s military career, and turned him into a social pariah. Regiments fought hard for their country’s honor to begin with, and fought doubly hard to protect their flags from the enemy during battle. In the English Army, for example, senior sergeants were assigned to protect the flag with special weapons. Like all regiment members, these men fought to the death to protect their regimental colors. It was no less important in the German Army. The German Army followed a special process when awarding a regiment its colors. The King (or Kaiser) gathered the regiment and personally consecrated the regiment’s colors to it. This was a solemn ceremony. The colors were given over to the regiment with great pomp and circumstance. Flag rings or special streamers that commemorated the consecration of the regiment’s colors for their honorable use in representing their King (or Grand Duke, Duke, or Prince, etc.) were included. This occasioned a major gathering of the regiment’s men as their ruler awarded them their colors as his honorable representatives in public gatherings, AND in battle, if necessary. This use of battle colors pretty much ended with either the 1870-1871 Franco-Prussian War or WW I’s VERY earliest days. [It became clear early in WW I that warfare as it once had been practiced was changed forever with the advent of machine guns, rapid firing cannons, poison gas, airplanes, trenches, and tanks. Cavalry charges were at an end (cavalry fought the WW I’s majority as dismounted units). war was changed]. Prior to WW I’s advent, however, regimental flags were still significant, and the manner in which they were conveyed was a matter of great importance. The following bit of history emphasizes their significance. In 1866, the Austro-Prussian War was the final piece of the puzzle that concluded Germany’s consolidation, which had begun under Prussia’s König Friedrich Wilhelm IV in the 1840's. His brother, König Wilhelm I, had succeeded him in 1861, and had led Prussia in the smashing defeat of Austria and her German allies (including the Kingdoms of Saxony, Bavaria, Württemberg, and Hannover). The three kingdoms suffered little change, but Prussia annexed Hannover, absorbing its territory AND military. Hannover’s King, who had strong ties to Great Britain, lost control of his kingdom. Hannover’s vassal state, the Duchy of Braunschweig, also was annexed. In 1885, Prussia’s Prinz Albrecht (1837-1906) was appointed Regent over Braunschweig by his uncle, Kaiser Wilhelm I. Albrecht had entered the Prussian army in 1847. He had served in both the 1866 Austro-Prussian War and the 1870-1871 Franco-Prussian War, commanding a Garde-Kavallerie Brigade in that war. He rose to command the X. Armeekorps in 1874, which was headquartered in the Kingdom of Hannover’s former capital city, Hannover. Thus, he was positioned for the appointment as Regent of Braunschweig when that took place in 1885. He actually moved to Braunschweig when his appointment took place in order to administer the former Duchy. [It is interesting to note that he was promoted to generalfeldmarschall shortly after Kaiser Friedrich III’s death in June 1888, during the first few days of Kaiser Wilhelm II’s rule]. Prinz Albrecht continued to administer Braunschweig until his death in 1906. [Please keep the year 1906 in mind, as it becomes more important later in our description].
* The Banner. This magnificent and historically significant banner measures 3’ 8" x 3’ 6 1/2." The banner is made of high-grade silk. The banner contains a substantial weight and heft. Its printing is double-sided. Although one side is crisper and better- defined than the other, I cannot tell if an actual difference existed when it was manufactured, or if it is a matter of fading and age. The banner’s background is light-blue. A yellow frame within the blue background houses all that I am about to describe. The blue background and yellow frame together represent Braunschweig’s state colors. These same colors are seen in their decorations’ ribbons and on their headdresses’ kokarden. Each corner sports a Braunschweig-style Totenkopf. They are quite large and impressive, measuring 7" x 7 3/4." They are identical to the Totenköpfe appearing on the regiments’ pickelhauben, busbies, mützen, and Schirmmützen. In the banner’s center is the Kingdom of Hannover’s and the Duchy of Braunschweig’s white horse, in profile. Above the horse we see the crown that formed part of the two states’ Coats-of-Arms. Below the crowned horse is a bandeau outlined in yellow. Within the bandeau we see "Mitt Gott Für Kaiser, Fürst, and Vaterland." The banner’s left side displays a series of decorative nails whereby the banner was attached to its flagpole.
*The Flagpole. Over the years that we have offered various flags and banners, we have only offered one that had a partial pole. That is part of what makes today’s offering so special -- it COMES with its original pole (and a very special pole at that)! The banner and pole come from a very fine European source. In order to get the pole here, it could not be shipped intact. We consulted several shipping sources. In every case ,due to the pole’s length, the carriers would NOT ship it. Reluctantly, we removed the flag, then separated the pole. It is now in two pieces. The two pieces measure 4’ 1 1/2" and 4’ 3 1/2," respectively. The pole is white. Due to its age, some of its white finish is missing in places. The bottom half has a rounded base. The top half has a brass attachment, which has a female screw attachment that allows a flag topper to be screwed into it. The flag topper is not present. The flagpole’s lower half sports a brass rectangular plate that says "Landwehr-Verein Wedtleenstedt." During the post WW I Period large veterans’ reunions were often held all over Germany wherein veterans met with former comrades. While not exactly like the USA’s American Legion or the Veterans of Foreign Wars, it allowed veterans to share their military and personal experiences. It was healthy for these veterans to share those experiences with others who understood the war’s true nature. Often at these congregations, badges were issued for attending the gathering. Flagpoles could be adorned with the badges, which were rounded to fit a circular flagpole. The flagpole’s upper half has two of these badges. The first device measures 2 3/4" x 2." At its top is a likeness of von Hindenburg. Below his likeness we see the following,

"25

Landwehr-

Verein

Timmerlah

15.7.28"

The second plaque measures 2 3/4" x 2 1/2," and has a 1914 Iron Cross at the top. Below the Iron Cross we see the following:

"Zum 25 Jähr

Stiftungsfest

gew. V.

Landwehr-Verein

Lehndorf

15.7.1928"

This leads me to believe that two different veterans groups attended two different gatherings representing Braunschweig on the same date. They brought back the badges, which were then affixed to their flagpole. It is also noteworthy that these gatherings were held ten years after WW I’s end. [The gatherings were actually held on 15 July 1928, and the war ended on 11 November 1918, so it was just about four months short of the ten-year mark]. I believe this presentation’s final piece ties all of it together, (it even addresses the severed flagpole problem). Earlier I mentioned that the Braunschweig’s Regent held the position until his 1906 death. I also mentioned the formal ceremony’s importance (when a monarch conveyed the regimental colors to a unit). It practically was a consecration, a holy ceremony. A token usually was attached to the flagpole to show that the monarch had indeed conveyed the flag. The token showed that the monarch was accompanying his troops in spirit wherever they ventured, whether during peace or war. In Germany, the monarch’s token was either a streamer or a metal ring that was added the flagpole. Just such a ring accompanies this banner and flagpole! It is bronze-toned in color, although I cannot tell its metal type. It has a burnished finish. It has a crowned cypher "A" on the side, which, of course, stands for Prussia’s Prinz Albrecht, Braunschweig’s Regent. Directly below his cypher is the year "1903," which was three years before his death. A very practical function the ring serves is to allow the flagpole’s two halves to be joined together. Two holes appear in the ring’s side so it can be screwed into place and join the halves together. Make no mistake, this will NOT allow you to march around carrying the flagpole! It could be used for display purposes only if you propped it in a corner. Although I have offered several states’ regimental veterans’ flags in the past, this one is truly special. This banner and pole were directly bestowed to the group by Braunschweig’s Prinz Regent more than one-hundred-years ago. The banner’s condition is first-rate, showing only minor signs of age. It also represents two of the German Army’s most storied regiments. Both regiments fought with Wellington at Waterloo. One regiment also fought with him during the Peninsula Campaign. Both also served during the 1870-1871 Franco-Prussian War. It will make a superb display in your collector’s area. $7,995.00

 

 

 

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20-214 PHOTOGRAPH AND FLAG - PRUSSIAN PRINCE - SMALL VESSEL - GERMAN LAKE. The pageantry afforded to House of Hohenzollern members was on par with other royal European houses. As with England, the naval tradition was very important to Wilhelm II. He spent lavishly on his fleet in an effort to match the British Royal Navy. Kaiser Wilhelm II was a Großadmiral in the Kaiserliche Marine, as was his brother, Prinz Heinrich. Both men had a son who served in the Navy (Prinz Adalbert and Prinz Sigismund, respectively). Traditionally, when a prinz was aboard a vessel, the ship raised a special flag signifying his presence. We currently are offering a large banner that was flown aboard battleships when a prinz was aboard. Today we are offering something even more unusual. It is a pairing of a photograph, and a flag that was flown from a small pleasure craft on the Wannsee in Berlin. The photograph comes from a photographic studio in Berlin. It measures 6" x 7 3/4." It depicts a small pleasure craft, which I estimate to be 45' to 55' in length. Flying from its stern is the very flag we are offering today! It measures 59 1/2" x 39." In its center is a Hohenzollern Eagle. An Iron Cross is in the corner. The flag is swallow-tailed. It is made of a light-cotton material that is gauzy in appearance. Some light mothing shows in a few places, but the flag remains in very good condition. $3,850.00

 

 

 

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13-846 BATTLESHIP (LINIENSCHIFF) S. M. S. BRANDENBURG’S FLAG. The S. M. S. Brandenburg was a battleship in the Kaiserliche Marine. Generally, Imperial German battleships were named after royal personages, states within the reich, or other geographic places of special interest. The S. M. S. Brandenburg served as the German Navy’s historical turning point in its efforts to modernize and attain status quo with the Great Britain’s Royal Navy. First, we must remember that Kaiser Wilhelm II (1859-1941) ascended to Germany’s throne in 1888. (It took place less than one-hundred days after his grandfather’s, Kaiser Wilhelm I, then his father’s, Kaiser Friedrich III’s deaths). Wilhelm II was eager to put his "brand" on Germany and secure his place in history. By 1890, he had dismissed the great "Iron Chancellor," Otto von Bismarck, and had begun his efforts to upgrade and modernize Germany’s Army and Navy. The old German Navy had been very old-fashioned and quite small. Through many building programs and with Admiral (later Großadmiral) Alfred von Tirpitz’s support, Kaiser Wilhelm II transformed the Kaiserliche Marine from a coastal defense unit into a force that projected Germany’s might as it sailed the world’s oceans.
Germany built its first battleships in the early 1890's. They were officially termed "Linienschiffs," alluding to the Royal Navy’s Napoleonic-era term "Ships-of-the-Line." The latter were the largest and most powerful battleships of their day, particularly in terms of their firepower. [Lord Admiral Horatio Nelson’s flagship at the Battle of Trafalgar, the H.M.S. Victory, was a Ship-of-the-Line. He led England to victory over Napoleon’s joint French and Spanish fleets in 1805, although Nelson did not survive to see the battle end. The H.M.S. Victory has survived to this day and is proudly displayed at Portsmouth].
Wilhelm II wanted to show his grandmother, Queen Victoria, and his English cousins that Germany also was an international power. Germany already had the world’s best, most modern army, and Wilhelm wanted a navy to match it. Thus, in 1891, construction began on the S. M. S. Brandenburg, Germany’s first modern battleship. In fact, she was the first of a four-ship class that became known as the Brandenburg Class. She was commissioned in 1893. Kaiser Wilhelm II was aboard her for her first trials. She was fast (for her day), and had 28cm cannons mounted in her main armament. In 1900, she and her three sister ships from the I. Linienschiff Geschwader (1st Battleship Squadron) were dispatched to China to protect Germany’s interests during the Boxer Rebellion. After this event, she returned to Germany. The Brandenburg was decommissioned and re-commissioned several times during the following years as she was modernized and newer, bigger, and faster battleship classes were brought into service.
When WW I began, it was clear she was no longer fit for front-line service. She was relegated to coastal defense, sailing both the Baltic and North Seas from 1915-1916 as a part of the II. Manouversquadron. From 1916 through 1918, she was used as a floating barracks at Lebau. [Today, Lebau serves as a museum and German Navy Memorial. It also hosts a special WW I and WW II U-Boot memorial]. After WW I ended, the S. M. S. Brandenburg was scrapped in 1920.
This brings us to today’s offering. We have the ensign (flag) that flew aboard the S. M. S. Brandenburg. It was not its kriegsflagge (war flag), but rather a banner that indicated the ship’s ties to the German province of Brandenburg, for which the vessel was named. The ensign is made of a gray linen/cotton (it may have been white at one point). Imprinted on one side only is a Prussian Eagle in red, yellow and blue. In the center of the Eagle’s chest is a blue shield with what may be a torch in its center. The flag measures 33 1/4" x 39." Metal attachments for the halyard are present on the bunting. The ensign could be flown today, with the correct attachments. "Flg. Boot" and "S. M. S. Brandenburg" also are stenciled in black on the bunting.
While its overall condition is surprisingly good for a flag that was produced well over one-hundred-years ago, areas of moth nips are scattered about the flag. While I cannot verify it beyond all doubt, it is quite possible this ensign flew above Kaiser Wilhelm II on that November 1893 day when the S. M. S. Brandenburg was launched as the pride of the Kaiserliche Marine. It is also possible it was flying when the S. M. S. Brandenburg arrived in China.
Also included with the flag is a color lithograph of the S.M.S. Brandenburg. The highly-detailed lithograph measures 7" x 4 5/8." It is housed in a matte measuring 10" x 7 ½." The vessel is seen at anchor in a port. Under any circumstances, it is an amazing piece of history that would make a first-rate addition to any collection.
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25-42 CAVALRY PENNANT AND PARTIAL LANCE - DRAGONER-REGIMENT Nr 19 - OLDENBURG. This is an enlisted man’s pennant and partial lance from Oldenburgisches Dragoner-Regiment Nr 19. This regiment was founded in 1849 and garrisoned in the capital of Oldenburg. Oldenburg was a very small grand duchy that fielded one infantry and one cavalry regiment. They also fielded a single artillery Bataillon. The pennant measures 26" x 14." It features an eagle on a blue background. The Oldenburg Star is mounted in the center of the eagle’s chest. The pennant is constructed from a very gauzy and lightweight cotton similar to that of flags. Some minor areas of moth nipping appear. The pennant is mounted to a partial lance, which measures 36" in length. This measurement extends from the lance’s tip to the cut off point. The pennant is mounted to the lance using a leather thong that has been fed through the pennant bunting’s four holes and through the lance itself. The lance tip sports many markings on it, as well as the date 1920. Clearly, this lance was checked back into the equipment depot after WW I, then was reissued by the Reich’s Heer in 1920. This is a very rare and historic item.  $1,095.00jnDec16

 

 

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25-76 LANDWEHR-VEREIN BANNER - PRUSSIA. In Germany before WW I the Landwehr-Verein was the largest veteran’s group for men who had served in the German Army. The organization had regional and local chapters all around Germany. Over the years we have offered veterans’ badges from the Landwehr-Verien from these various cities (Please go to our "Badges" Merchandise Page for a sampling of these badges ). Today we are offering a wonderful wall banner from the Landwehr-Verein. It measures 49 1/4" x 39 1/2." Its primary motif is a magnificent black Hohenzollern Eagle in the center. The Eagle is embroidered with black silk thread on a cream-colored fabric background of cotton twill or perhaps rough satin. A black satin band at the banner’s top lists "Landwehr-Verien" in gold satin letters outlined with gold-embroidered thread. A thick band of gold filigreed thread borders the bottom of the black band. The Eagle is enclosed within a frame of the gold filigreed thread, which forms a sort of Art Deco pattern. The thick band of filigreed gold thread is repeated at the banner’s bottom. The Eagle is accented with a number of gold embroidered touches, including his beak, the royal cypher on its chest, and a very elaborate pattern running out onto its wings. It also wears a fantastic embroidered Hohenzollern Crown embroidered in gold, with red, white and blue accents. The same is true of the magnificent orb and scepter it clutches in its claws. The banner is excellent condition, particularly when one considers its age. Its front is practically flawless. It has a plain, soft cotton backing. Hangers are in place on the banner’s top so it can easily be hung up. This is quite a find! $2,495.00

 

 

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25-61 NAVY VETERAN ASSOCIATION - TABLE BANNER. This is one of the most interesting veteran’s table banners that I have encountered. It is especially interesting, because it is for a group of naval veterans from WW I and before. The banner’s stand measures 31" tall. It has a brass base, which is dented. A brass rod also in it extends upward. An extension fits into the rod that extends both vertically and horizontally. The horizontal piece features delicate lattice work on which appears an anchor and a sailing ship. The horizontal piece extends out 12 3/4." All of these pieces disassemble, and take a mere thirty seconds to set up again. Attached to the horizontal piece is the banner. The banner is attached by three extensions that come out of the banner’s top. The banner measures 10 1/2" x 10." It is made of hand-woven silk. One side features the Bavarian group’s name. Twin Eagles appear on panels. Below that a rampant Bavarian Lion appears. We also see the date 1930, which is when it was placed in service. The banner actually was for the ladies auxiliary of the veterans’ group. This side has suffered some running of the silk, which is more correctly termed "shredding." It is very common with silk items. You have to remember that the banner is 78-years-old! The banner’s reverse is even more interesting. It recreates one of WW I’s most famous paintings. It is known as "The Last Man." It depicts a German sailor clinging to his ship’s wreckage and thrusting the kriegsflagge defiantly in the air as a ship steams by in the background. This painting was recreated in postcards, etc. during the war. It proclaimed the German sailors’ fighting spirit, and their service to the Fatherland. The scene is encircled by a life preserver that serves as the frame for the painting’s recreation. In gold on the red life preserver is the legend "Marine-Verein Erlangen." Anchors are on all four corners of the banner. It is a very handsome and interesting banner. It would make a superb display item for any collection. It has loads of eye appeal. $1,395.00

 

 

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25-25 DESK SIZED VETERANS ASSOCIATION FLAG WITH STAND FOR INFANTRY-REGIMENT Nr 91 - OLDENBURG. This is a really exciting find from our most recent buying trip to Germany. It is a desk-sized veteran’s banner representing a veteran’s group for Oldenburgisches Infantry-Regiment Nr 91. This regiment was raised during the height of the Napoleonic Wars in1813. It was garrisoned in Oldenburg. Oldenburg, although designated a Grand Duchy, was relatively small. It fielded a single infantry regiment, one cavalry regiment, and one Bataillon of artillery. The regimental banner would always be used at parade functions and even often while on the march. This desk banner closely replicates the regimental banner in many respects. The mini banner measures 8 ½" x 81/2." It is made of silk and sports mini tassels on three sides, just as the larger version would. One side displays the Oldenburg coat-of-arms, along with the legend "Die Treue ist das Mark der Ehre (Fidelity is the Mark of Honor)." In each of the four corners is the Grand Duke of Oldenburg Peter Ludwig’s royal cypher. The opposite side has as the central theme a gold embroidered crowned cypher for Peter Ludwig appearing within a wreath of leaves. Above and below this cypher is the legend "Verein Ehemaliger 91er Oldenburg (Society of Former 91st Oldenburg)." This marvelous handcrafted banner is attached to a metal frame that allows it to be displayed on a table top or other flat surface. It stands 21 3/4" tall and 9" wide. It has a substantial and decorative base. I must tell you that this piece displays like a million bucks. This would make for a wonderful centerpiece of a display featuring items from Oldenburg or that would be closely associated with this fine regiment. The banner and frame are of the highest quality and exhibit only gentle aging. I have had perhaps two of these sort of banners in the past. I can assure you that they are VERY difficult to find. $1,395.00. . .

 

 

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25-19 MINI VETERANS BANNER. This small banner was perhaps used at a veteran’s association meeting and was placed on a table hung from a small flag pole. The banner measures 12 ½" x 8" and is silk, with high-quality embroidered descriptive and decorative writing. This banner is for 1. Oberrheinisches Infantry-Regiment Nr 97. This Prussian regiment was founded in 1881. It was disbanded in 1918 at the end of WW I. The banner has a wooden horizontal pole that holds the banner up for display. It has a green background with a white bandeau displaying the various campaigns in which the regiment participated. On the bandeau is the creation date of the regiment, along with when it was disbanded. In the center of the bandeau is a black Iron Cross with the date of 1914. A crowned royal cypher over crossed swords also appears. At the bottom of the banner is some fine gold fringe. $575.00

 

 

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25-71 BRASS FLAG TOPPER - REGIMENTAL STANDARD COLORS CASE. This is an interesting brass topper for a Prussian regimental standard colors’ case. The case protected the regimental colors when not in use or during inclement weather. The item is triangular-shaped. It measures 8 1/4" x 6 3/4"  at the widest point. It appears to be an earlier example. It could come from the early days of Kaiser Wilhelm II’s reign, or perhaps even from his Grandfather König/Kaiser Wilhelm I’s time. In looking at an example that we know comes from after 1900, a number of small details show us this is not as ornately made as the later example. The cypher (WR), which is crowned, is not nearly as decorative or ornate. Other small details lead us to believe such is the case. The apex of the topper features a small ball. The overall weight of the topper is 11.6 ounces. At the topper’s bottom are dozens of small holes where it was sewn to the colors’ case. It is very well made, with a fine patina. $695.00

 

 

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13-245 KRIEGSMARINE FLAG FOR A KONTERADMIRAL FOR USE ABOARD HIS FLAGSHIP.  Please note that this is a Third Reich era flag and not an Imperial period flag. The difference I am told can be seen in the style of the stitching on the bunting of the flag. It is a very rare flag for a Konteradmiral in the Kriegsmarine. This large flag, which measures 2.4 meters x 2.4 meters, has its original rope lanyards. These would have flown from the admiral’s flagship. The size and the rank of the flag are stenciled in black on the bunting. As this is a larger flag, there are several areas of moth nips. There is one tear in it and a stained area. The basic theme is a black cross on a white background. Two black "meatballs" denote the rank of the flag. This is real find for the navy collector.  $895.00

 

 

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25-74 KRIEGSFLAGGE. This is a fine example of a kriegsflagge. The kriegsflagge was flown during times of conflict. This example, which measures 27” x 40 1/4,” features an Iron Cross and Hohenzollern Eagle. The flag’s material is a light, almost gauze-like cotton. Some mothing shows on several areas. No markings appear on the bunting, so this it was probably NOT used by the military. It is becoming increasingly difficult to find smaller flags in this size.

This flag is not from the Imperial period. It first came into use in 1936 to commemorate the Battle of Skagerrak (Jutland from the British perspective). Each year on that ocassion the kriegsflagges were displayedThis battle took place on 31 May-June 1 1916. $995.00

 

 

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25-90 FLAGPOLE BADGE. Flagpole badges were quite popular during the Imperial German Period (and after). Today we are offering a silver-toned badge, which is curved to fit a flagpole. It measures 2" diagonally. Its square display section features a Hohenzollern Eagle, with its matching crown above it. The badge’s reverse reveals a screw post with a nut to screw the badge in place. It is in very fine condition, overall. $175.00  
 

 

 

 

 

 

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25-84 GERMAN NATIONAL FLAG. This is a very fine example of Imperial Germany’s prewar national flag. It is made of cotton and measures 29 1/2" x 23 1/4." It features horizontal rows of red, white, and black. Attached to the bunting is a lanyard that allowed the flag to be flown. $395.00

 

 

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25-75 NATIONAL FLAG - IMPERIAL GERMANY. This is an Imperial German national flag. This type of flag was flown when the country was at peace. It is made of a heavier grade of cotton, not the gauzy style that is often seen on many kriegsflagges (war flags). It sports red, black and white bands. The attachments for the halyard are present. The flag is in very good condition. It is an appealingly large size. It measures 93" x 44". I am seldom able to offer such a lovely national flag. $450.00

 

 

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25-51 VETERAN’S ASSOCIATION FLAG. Many towns and cities had veteran’s association chapters for those who had served in the military. Today we are offering a fine example of a veteran’s association flag. In many cases these flags were an extension of the regimental flags under which they had marched. The flag measures 60" x 58." It is one-sided. It sports alternating tassels in white and black around its edges. At the top of the flag are the words "Krieger-Verein." Below that is a magnificent Hohenzollern Eagle, which measures 30 1/2 x 30. Below the Eagle are the words "Kell, Gegründet 1871." This was for a branch of the War Veteran’s Association for that city, which had been founded right after the Franco-Prussian War ended. Many such chapters were founded in the years following that war. From the German standpoint it was a much more satisfactory and happy time than 1918. Many associations were founded after WW I, but mostly in the early 1920's after the postwar revolutionary period had passed. The flag is in very good condition. A couple of spots reveal some very light water staining, which is not detractive to the overall condition of the flag. $895.00  

 

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25-47 FLAGPOLE 50-YEAR CHAIN. This is an interesting flag pole chain from a veteran’s group. It is from a Prussian Landwehr Association. The chain measures 101/2." The plaque attached to the chain measures 21/2" x 2." On the obverse is the name of the group along with an eagle. The reverse has the image of a veteran’s memorial and a "50" for the group’s 50th anniversary. It is a remarkably handsome accouterment. $295.00 

 

 

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25-53 NATIONAL FLAG - GERMANY. This is a national flag of Germany during the Imperial times. This flag was used before WW I, when Germany was not at war. The flag measures 27" x 22 1/2.’ It has horizontal stripes of black, white, and red. This is a patriotic flag and would not have been used for military purposes. It shows some minor soiling, but is in very good condition, overall. $450.00  

 

 

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25-87 BAVARIAN WW I VETERANS’ GROUP MINI BANNER. This is a small banner for a Bavarian post WW I veterans’ group. The banner is made of blue and white silk. It measures 28 ½" x 6." It has a wooden cross bar at the top. The bottom sports gold tassels. A 1914 Iron Cross is clearly embossed on the flag. Less clear is some information embossed in gold, much of which has disappeared with age. That said, what I can decipher indicates it was for a veteran’s group. I also faintly can see 1965. Even with the loss of the other inscription, it makes a very handsome display with the white and (Bavarian) blue silk banner and the 1914 Iron Cross. $250.00
 

 

 

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25-34 TWO FABRIC PATRIOTIC FLAGS. This is a rather interesting set of two patriotic flags. Both are made of a cloth similar to oil cloth. Each is mounted on a wooden stick. The flags measure 9 ½" x 7 ½." The first flag is the state flag of Bavaria. The flag on the far right celebrates the wedding of Ernst August of Braunschweig and Princess Viktoria Louise of Prussia, the daughter of Kaiser Wilhelm II. THIS FLAG HAS BEEN SOLD. The third flag I cannot identify. It has a red background with a white cross on it. The cross has interesting designs on it. If anybody can help identify this flag, I would be very grateful. All of the flags show honest age. They are quite old, and certainly from the Imperial German period. $50.00

 

 

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