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  • BATTLESHIP (LINIENSCHIFF) S. M. S. BRANDENBURG’S FLAG - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    BATTLESHIP (LINIENSCHIFF) S. M. S. BRANDENBURG’S FLAG

    SKU: 13-846

    $2,195.00

    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…

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  • BAVARIAN WW I VETERANS’ GROUP MINI BANNER - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    BAVARIAN WW I VETERANS’ GROUP MINI BANNER

    SKU: 25-87

    $250.00

    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.

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

    BRASS FLAG TOPPER – REGIMENTAL STANDARD COLORS CASE

    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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  • CAVALRY PENNANT AND PARTIAL LANCE - DRAGONER-REGIMENT Nr 19 - OLDENBURG - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    CAVALRY PENNANT AND PARTIAL LANCE – DRAGONER-REGIMENT Nr 19 – OLDENBURG

    SKU: 25-42

    $1,095.00

    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.

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  • DESK SIZED VETERANS ASSOCIATION FLAG WITH STAND FOR INFANTRY-REGIMENT Nr 91 - OLDENBURG - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    DESK SIZED VETERANS ASSOCIATION FLAG WITH STAND FOR INFANTRY-REGIMENT Nr 91 – OLDENBURG

    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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  • FLAGPOLE 50-YEAR CHAIN - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    FLAGPOLE 50-YEAR CHAIN

    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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  • FLAGPOLE BADGE - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    FLAGPOLE 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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  • GERMAN NATIONAL FLAG - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    GERMAN NATIONAL FLAG

    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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  • INFANTERIE-REGIMENT STANDARD - PRUSSIA - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    INFANTERIE-REGIMENT STANDARD – PRUSSIA

    SKU: 25-66 XDK

    $21,995.00

    This is a consignment item. The traditions behind the standards (regimental flags) are one of the more interesting stories of Imperial German Militaria. The history and honor of any regiment were tied to its regimental banners. Each infantry regiment was composed of three Bataillons, and ten to twelve companies. Each Bataillon in the regiment had its own standard and standard bearer (Fahnenträger), who proudly carried his Bataillon’s flag. It was a great honor to do so. To begin with, the man usually was a senior NCO. He was attended by two Bataillon officers. During Napoleonic times, for example, the absolute worst fate any combatant nations’ Bataillon or regiment could suffer was to lose its standard to the enemy in battle. Defeat was bad enough, but losing a standard was a total catastrophe. The dishonor to that Bataillon/regiment was incalculable. The Bataillon/regiment’s commander would be seriously reconsidered by his superiors for this terrible event. It could well lead to a military career’s end. The pomp and ceremony around a regimental standard began with its award to the Bataillon/regiment. During Kaiser Wilhelm II’s time, the awarding of such flags was a major function. The Kaiser personally issued the flag to the Bataillon/regiment. An assortment of medallions on the flag pole commemorated the award and other important unit events. The flag pole was also decorated with a special streamer listing the year and other basic information about the regiment. Furthermore, special streamers were attached for any of the regiment’s battle honors. This included…

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  • KRIEGSFLAGGE - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

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

    LANDWEHR-VEREIN BANNER – PRUSSIA

    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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  • MINI VETERANS BANNER - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    MINI VETERANS BANNER

    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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  • NATIONAL FLAG - GERMANY - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    NATIONAL FLAG – GERMANY

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

    NATIONAL FLAG – IMPERIAL GERMANY

    SKU: 25-75

    $450.00

    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.

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  • NAVAL STANDARD FOR A PRINZ OF THE HOUSE OF HOHENZOLLERN - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    NAVAL STANDARD FOR A PRINZ OF THE HOUSE OF HOHENZOLLERN

    SKU: 20-176

    $3,495.00

    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…

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

    NAVY VETERAN ASSOCIATION – TABLE BANNER

    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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  • PENNANT - SMALL KRIEGSFLAGGE. - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    PENNANT – SMALL KRIEGSFLAGGE.

    SKU: 25-97 XTM

    $150.00

    This is a consignment item. It is a small, triangular-shaped pennant that features the Kriegsflagge. At its broadest point, it measures 7” in width. Its overall length is 10.” It is made of a sturdy cotton whose colors remain vibrant. It has two pieces of rope attached to the pennant’s top and bottom by way of the bunting. I do not believe that this was a military flag. It may have been more of a patriotic piece. If one of our readers knows of military use for it, I would very much like to hear about it!

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  • PHOTOGRAPH AND FLAG - PRUSSIAN PRINCE - SMALL VESSEL - GERMAN LAKE - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    PHOTOGRAPH AND FLAG – PRUSSIAN PRINCE – SMALL VESSEL – GERMAN LAKE

    SKU: 20-214

    $3,850.00

    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.

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  • REGIMENTAL FLAG - FOUL WEATHER COVER - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    REGIMENTAL FLAG – FOUL WEATHER COVER

    SKU: 25-69 XDK

    $1,295.00

    This is a consignment item. The regimental flag or standard was one of a Bataillon/regiment’s most important possessions. Out of all the government-issued equipment, it was the most-prized. The regimental flag was well protected in battle. It was accorded the respect and best treatment possible. This meant when it was unfurled and on display in front of its Bataillon along with its attendant battle honors and streamers, or when it was not in use, or when it needed protecting from foul weather. To the latter end, a special foul weather case was created (hence the term “Uncase the colors!”), to protect the treasured regimental flag when not in use. In the case of Imperial Germany, the case was made of oilskin. It protected the flag within from even the harshest rain. The case is lined with what I would term a cotton flannel. The case measures 59 1/2″ in length, overall. It is important to note that the oilskin exterior of the case has been restored and is not original to the topper. The flag topper is made of brass. The oilskin portion measures 52″ x 7,” and the flag topper measures 71/4″ x 6.” The flag topper is made of brass. It features the Kaiser’s crowned royal cypher. If you look carefully at the topper’s base, where it attaches to the oilskin material, you will see a section of bullion tape. It has a fine patina that we are accustomed to seeing on uniforms, etc. This is an amazing…

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  • TABLE-FLAG - SMALL IMPERIAL GERMAN NATIONAL - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    TABLE-FLAG – SMALL IMPERIAL GERMAN NATIONAL

    SKU: 25-96

    $50.00

    This is a small tabletop version of Imperial Germany’s national flag. It is NOT the Kriegsflagge. The flag, which measures 8” x 5” is cotton. It has a decorative border that extends around the entire flag. A flag waving from a flagpole appears against a brown background within that border. The flag is colored black, white, and red from top to bottom. The word “Germany” appears on the brown background below the waving flag on the item’s obverse, but does NOT appear on its reverse.

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  • TWO FABRIC PATRIOTIC FLAGS - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    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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  • VETERAN’S ASSOCIATION FLAG - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    VETERAN’S ASSOCIATION FLAG

    SKU: 25-51

    $895.00

    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.

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

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

    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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