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Hanging Flag 14th Century

[Elbing 14th Century (Germany)]
by Phil Nelson

Znamierowski 1999 [zna99] shows several interesting flags of the Port Cities of northern Europe. These are derived from gonfanons, originally red in colour. The flags, in a banner form [i.e. hanging flags], were flown from the stern of the vessels, the mast carrying the gonfanon of the colors. The oldest of the series, from the mid-13th century, that of Hamburg, was followed among others by Elbing in the 14th century.
Phil Nelson, 20 Feb 2000


Flag 14th Century

[Elbing 14th Century (Prussia, Germany)]
by Jaume Ollé

White-red bicolor with crosses in opposite color in each field [i.e. counterchanged]. Cross bars slightly larger than the vertical ones. Same as the flag of the Komturia Elbing.
Norman Martin, 20 Jan 1998

[Elbing 14th Century, alternative (Prussia, Germany)]
by Jorge Candeias

Red-white bicolour with crosses in opposite color in each field. The first one upside down.
Norman Martin, 20 Jan 1998

The German editors of Norie and Hobbs 1971 [noh71] added two charts (which were not originally in Norie and Hobbs 1848 [noh48]) with German flags that were important over time. One of them is no. 25 Flüger: Elbing 1424, as the above flag but crosses slightly potent instead, and placed fesswise and extended horizontally to a long flying flag. (If this is really from 1424, it is a fifteenth century flag.) I believe a Flüger is a pennant of which the part near the hoist fixed to a piece of wood, and that is indeed how these are pictured in Norie and Hobbs 1971 [noh71].
Peter Hans van der Muijzenberg, 12 Nov 2001

Elbing Flüger 1424

[Elbing pennant 1424]
image by Klaus-Michael Schneider, 28 Nov 2005

A white over red bicolour with two white crosses lined up horizontally and shifted to the hoist.
Source:
Poster entitled: "Die geschichtliche Entwicklung der als deutsche Nationalflaggen auf See gefahrenen und von den seefahrenden Nationen anerkannten deutschen Kriegs- und Handelsflaggen",
[engl: "The historical evolution of those German national flags used on ships and recognized as German war flags or merchant flags by the naval nations",
edited by Deutsches Schifffahrtsmuseum Bremerhaven, 1981, based on an original version of Kapitän zur See a.D. Karl Schultz, all flags on the poster are painted by E. Paschke.
Klaus-Michael Schneider, 28 Nov 2005

Flag 15th-19th Centuries

Reported 15th century, 1695, 1805, 1845 and 1862

[Elbing 15th-19th Century (Prussia, Germany)]
by Jaume Ollé

White-red bicolour with crosses formy in opposite color in each field. Same as the 'alternative' flag of the Komturia Elbing.
Norman Martin, 20 Jan 1998

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