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Empress' Standard 1871-1918 (Germany)


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In Meyers Konversationslexikon 1897 In Enciclopedia Hispano-Americana (from Flaggenbuch 1905)
[Empress Standard 1870-1919 (Germany), according to Meyers Konversationslexikon 1897]          [Empress Standard 1870-1919 (Germany), according to Enciclopedia Hispano-Americana and Flaggenbuch 1905]
by Zeljko Heimer by Jaume Ollé

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The Empress's Standard is basically the same as the Imperial Standard, but without the big iron cross. It does have a smaller one in canton, with no inscriptions except a 'W' under a crown. The golden background is 'semee' with black eagles 6+5+6+5+6+5+6 vertically. There is no indication in the flag descriptions what the W is for, but my guess is it is for Wilhelm (William in English), who was the Emperor (1871-1888 Wilhelm I, 1888 Friedrich, 1888-1919 Wilhelm II). (It might seem odd that on her standard is his initial.)

Zeljko Heimer, 27 October 1996

Some differences have been noted among various sources for the imperial standard. The version on the left here is from Meyers Konversationslexikon 1897, and the one on the right is from the Enciclopedia Hispano-Americana the latter source is supposed to include the charts from Flaggenbuch 1905.

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Claude de Cubber wrote me trying to identify a picture of a flag he thought might be the crown prince's.

Mark Sensen, 20 December 2000

This appears to be the standard of the Kaiserin 1888-1918, although it has the Empress's crown at the 4 places closest to the coat-of-arms instead of eagles. The crown prince's standard(s) have an iron cross overall, not just in the canton.

Norman Martin, 20 December 2000

Some of the information in Schlawe 1913 published by Moritz Ruhl, who also published the Flaggenbuch 1905 for the German Navy differs from the two images we show above by Zeljko Heimer and Jaume Ollé:

Joseph McMillan, 5 December 2001

Accurate illustrations that agree [with Schlawe 1913] can be found in Meyer's, reprinted in Crampton 1990, p. 42 and in Zamierowski 1999, p. 59. The latter also has good versions of the 1871-1890 standards.

Norman Martin, 5 December 2001

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