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Imperial German & WWI Flags, Banners, Kriegsflagges, Table Flags – ALL FLAGS

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  • BRAUNSCHWEIG - BANNER WITH FLAG POLE - HUSAREN-REGIMENT Nr 17 AND INFANTERIE-REGIMENT NR 92 - - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    BRAUNSCHWEIG – BANNER WITH FLAG POLE – HUSAREN-REGIMENT Nr 17 AND INFANTERIE-REGIMENT NR 92 –

    SKU: 25-89

    $7,995.00

    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…

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  • GERMANY - BANNER - NAVY VETERAN ASSOCIATION - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    GERMANY – BANNER – NAVY VETERAN ASSOCIATION

    SKU: 25-61

    $1,395.00

    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…

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  • GERMANY - FLAG - 2008 MOVIE THE RED BARON - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    GERMANY – FLAG – 2008 MOVIE THE RED BARON

    SKU: 25-98

    $2,395.00

    The movie The Red Baron (Der Rote Baron when originally released) is the story of Manfred von Richthofen. Today we are offering a flag used in that film. The Red Baron was filmed in Germany and released in 2008. Those of you who know me are aware that the hit movie The Blue Max (1966), was based on Jack D. Hunter’s best-selling novel. It is what inspired my lifelong love of Imperial Germany. As influential as the movie and novel have been in my life, I believe the German-made Der Rote Baron is a superior film. I am well aware of its faults, including a fabricated involvement with Roy Brown that utterly surpasses recorded historical truth, as well as a blatantly 21st Century interpretation of Käte Otersdorf’s character and romantic involvement with von Richthofen. Although much rumor and speculation exist about a possible relationship between the two, all we know from the historical record is that Otersdorf was the Baron’s nurse in July 1917, following the first time he was shot down. No credible evidence has surfaced to indicate otherwise. However, it made a compelling “Hollywood” storyline! As I once pointed out to Jack Hunter when he complained about The Blue Max film’s historical inaccuracies, mainstream motion pictures are NOT produced to satisfy historians, Imperial German Period enthusiasts, or antique collectors. They are created to ENTERTAIN as many average moviegoers as possible, thereby generating massive worldwide profits from ticket, concession, and DVD sales. Having a good-looking young woman jump into…

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  • GERMANY - FLAG - GERMAN NATIONAL - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    GERMANY – FLAG – GERMAN NATIONAL

    SKU: 25-84

    $395.00

    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.

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  • GERMANY - FLAG - KRIEGSFLAGGE - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    GERMANY – FLAG – KRIEGSFLAGGE

    SKU: 25-74

    $995.00

    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.

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  • GERMANY - FLAG - NATIONAL - IMPERIAL - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    GERMANY – FLAG – NATIONAL – IMPERIAL

    SKU: 25-53

    $450.00

    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.

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  • GERMANY - FLAG - TWO FABRIC PATRIOTIC FLAGS - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    GERMANY – FLAG – TWO FABRIC PATRIOTIC FLAGS

    SKU: 25-34

    $50.00

    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.

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  • GERMANY - FLAG POLE - BADGE - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    GERMANY – FLAG POLE – BADGE

    SKU: 25-90

    $175.00

    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.

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  • OLDENBURG - BANNER - VETERANS ASSOCIATION - INFANTRY-REGIMENT Nr 91 - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    OLDENBURG – BANNER – VETERANS ASSOCIATION – INFANTRY-REGIMENT Nr 91

    SKU: 25-25

    $1,395.00

    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…

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  • PRUSSIA - BANNER - LANDWEHR-VEREIN - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    PRUSSIA – BANNER – LANDWEHR-VEREIN

    SKU: 25-76

    $2,495.00

    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…

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  • PRUSSIA - BANNER - VETERANS - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    PRUSSIA – BANNER – VETERANS

    SKU: 25-19

    $575.00

    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.

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  • FLAG - KRIEGSFLAGGE - KAISERLICHE MARINE SHIP WITH A PARTIAL FLAGSTAFF

    PRUSSIA – FLAG – KRIEGSFLAGGE – KAISERLICHE MARINE SHIP WITH A PARTIAL FLAGSTAFF

    SKU: 25-100

    $995.00

    FLAG – KRIEGSFLAGGE – KAISERLICHE MARINE SHIP WITH A PARTIAL FLAGSTAFF We have offered Kriegsflagges in the past, including Naval Kriegsflagges. Today, for the first time ever, we are offering something a bit different, a Kaiserliche Marine Kriegsflagge with a partial flagstaff. The Kriegsflagge itself measures 15” x 24,” while the partial flagstaff measures 28” in length. The flagstaff has all the necessary hardware for tying off the flag from its halyard with the attached ropes. The Kriegsflagge features an “M” for Marine (Navy) and the date, “1915,” on its bunting. Since the Kriegsflagge and its flagstaff are both small in size, it clearly hails from a smaller vessel. The Kriegsflagge is in generally good condition. One area does exhibit some slight wear, which have detailed in the attached photographs

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  • PRUSSIA - FLAG POLE - CHAIN - 50 YEAR - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    PRUSSIA – FLAG POLE – CHAIN – 50 YEAR

    SKU: 25-47

    $295.00

    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.

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  • PRUSSIA - FLAG TOPPER - REGIMENTAL STANDARD COLORS - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    PRUSSIA – FLAG TOPPER – REGIMENTAL STANDARD COLORS

    SKU: 25-71

    $695.00

    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.

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  • PRUSSIA - SLEEVE PATCH - REGIMENTAL FAHENTRÄGER FOR A FELDGRAU TUNIC - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    PRUSSIA – SLEEVE PATCH – REGIMENTAL FAHENTRÄGER FOR A FELDGRAU TUNIC

    SKU: 15-441

    $1,495.00

    One of the most honored positions within any regiment was the assignment to carry and maintain their regimental standard. All of the European armies, (including Germany), had a fascinating tradition in regimental standards. In Germany, regimental banners or standards were authorized and issued by the König, or Kaiser. It had a true pageantry to it. In addition to the actual standard/banner, regiments brandished flag poles adorned with streamers proclaiming the year of the regiment’s establishment, the regiment’s collective battle honors, and brass identification rings. Depending on the regiment, the pole might even have been topped by a Grand Cross of the Iron Cross. The men fought with great pride under these flags. For a regiment to lose its flag in battle was a horrible event. It rained dishonor on ALL the men attached to the regiment, from its regimental commander down to the lowliest private. The man assigned to maintain and carry the regimental banner was highly-regarded by his officers and NCO’s. He bore the standard, carrying it in a special case when it was not unfurled. He was expected to protect the banner with his life. The sight of the banner waving, even in battle, was a rallying point for the regiment’s men. If the color bearer fell during battle, another man immediately snatched-up the banner to show that the regiment was still in the fight. Naturally, a man so honored as to carry the regimental colors was awarded a special sleeve patch designating him as the regimental color…

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  • PRUSSIA - SLEEVE PATCH - REGIMENTAL FAHENTRÄGER PREWAR - FOR A DUNKEL-BLAU TUNIC - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    PRUSSIA – SLEEVE PATCH – REGIMENTAL FAHENTRÄGER PREWAR – FOR A DUNKEL-BLAU TUNIC

    SKU: 15-440

    $1,395.00

    One of the most honored positions within any regiment was the assignment to carry and maintain their regimental standard. All of the European armies, (including Germany), had a fascinating tradition in regimental standards. In Germany, regimental banners or standards were authorized and issued by the König, or Kaiser. It had a true pageantry to it. In addition to the actual standard/banner, regiments brandished flag poles adorned with streamers proclaiming the year of the regiment’s establishment, the regiment’s collective battle honors, and brass identification rings. Depending on the regiment, the pole might even have been topped by a Grand Cross of the Iron Cross. The men fought with great pride under these flags. For a regiment to lose its flag in battle was a horrible event. It rained dishonor on ALL the men attached to the regiment, from its regimental commander down to the lowliest private. The man assigned to maintain and carry the regimental banner was highly-regarded by his officers and NCO’s. He bore the standard, carrying it in a special case when it was not unfurled. He was expected to protect the banner with his life. The sight of the banner waving, even in battle, was a rallying point for the regiment’s men. If the color bearer fell during battle, another man immediately snatched-up the banner to show that the regiment was still in the fight. Naturally, a man so honored as to carry the regimental colors was awarded a special sleeve patch designating him as the regimental color…

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  • SAXONY - SLEEVE PATCH - REGIMENTAL FAHENTRÄGER - FELDGRAU - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    SAXONY – SLEEVE PATCH – REGIMENTAL FAHENTRÄGER – FELDGRAU

    SKU: 15-480

    $1,595.00

    This is an ultra-rare sleeve patch for a Saxon Regimental Fahnenträger. It is a feldgrau version. It was used from about 1907 through 1918 as feldgrau uniforms were phased into service. The patch is quite large and shield-shaped. It measures 4 3/4″ x 3 1/4.” It is beautifully manufactured with multicolored bullion thread. I see gold, black, silver, green, red, and blue. As you look at the photos, please pay careful attention to the design of the two crossed flags and especially the Saxonian Crown. It fairly wants to jump off the patch at you. Also, at the patch’s bottom, König Friedrich August III’s royal cypher appears in brilliant gold bullion thread. The patch is in very fine condition. Only a hint of moth tracking shows on the two side panels. I do not believe this was ever issued. It would make an important addition to any collection.

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  • WÜRTTEMBERG - SLEEVE PATCH - FAHENTRÄGER - PREWAR REGIMENTAL COLOR - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    WÜRTTEMBERG – SLEEVE PATCH – FAHENTRÄGER – PREWAR REGIMENTAL COLOR

    SKU: 15-564

    $1,495.00

    One of the most honored positions within any regiment was the assignment to carry and maintain its regimental standard. All of the European armies (including Germany) had a fascinating tradition in regimental standards. In Germany, regimental banners or standards were authorized and issued by the König, or Kaiser. It had a true history of pageantry to it. In addition to the actual standard/banner, regiments brandished flagpoles adorned with streamers proclaiming the year of the regiment’s establishment, the regiment’s collective battle honors, and brass identification rings. Depending on the regiment, the pole might even have been topped by a Grand Cross of the Iron Cross. The men fought with great pride under these flags. For a regiment to lose its flag in battle was a horrible event. It rained dishonor on ALL the men attached to the regiment, from its regimental commander down to the lowliest private. The man assigned to maintain and carry the regimental banner (Fahnenträger) was highly-regarded by his officers and NCO’s. He bore the standard, carrying it in a special case when it was not unfurled. He was expected to protect the banner with his life. The sight of the banner waving, even in battle, was a rallying point for the regiment’s men. If the color bearer fell during battle, another man immediately snatched-up the banner to show that the regiment was still in the fight. Naturally, a man so honored as to carry the regimental colors was awarded a special sleeve patch designating him as the…

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