Last modified: 2012-09-03 by klaus-michael schneider
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St.Nicolas was the parish of the citizens of the (1st) new town of the counts of Schauenburg located west of the oldest settlement core. The parish was first mentioned together with St.Peter in 1195. The attributes of St.Peter are a mitre, a crozier and sometimes three golden balls or apples.The flags of the regiment had been blue. The regiment had 10 companies.
Klaus-Michael Schneider, 12 May 2012
The ratio according to source is approx 4:5. It is a blue flag having a bordure of golden baroque strap work (German: Bandelwerk). Integrated into the bordure is an image of St.Nicolas with mitre and crozier in the canton. In the middle of the top is a trinity eye. In the middle of the bottom a date "Anno 1737". In the middle of the hoist is the coat of arms of captain Nicolas Krüger. The shield is topped by a helmet crested by a pair of wings. In the shield is a naked arm holding a tankard, a canting element (German: Krug). In the middle of the fly is another captain's coat of arm. The bearer is however unknown. In the shield is a man dressed red and holding a scythe. The shield is topped by a helmet crested by a pair of wings and a star. The crest is flanked by initials "J.B.".
The central element of the flag is a group of three. Under a baldachin a woman is sitting on a golden throne. She wears clad armour with a red cloak and a black head. Between her breasts is a red gem stone. In her left arm she is holding a bundle of arrows connected by golden laces. In her right hand is an upright golden sword. Her left arm is leaning on a rokoko shield showing the arms of Hamburg (golden, masoned castle in blue shield, a rare version).
Outside the baldachin she is flanked by two grey bearded water sprites (or gods/aquariusses) nearly naked and pouring water out of big clay jugs. Both are covered by green water grass. Behind the ghost at the fly is a spade.
The baldachin is flanked by a blue scroll fimbriated golden. On the scroll is a motto in capitals: "IENE ZU BESCHÜTZEN"(hoist) "MUS MIR DIESES NÜTZEN"(fly) (= to protect those, this must be of good use for me). The throne stands on a pedestal. Water from both jugs is bathing the postament at both sides.
Source: Museum für hamburgische Geschichte, filing card no. AB III 26
Klaus-Michael Schneider, 26 Apr 2012
Description of flag:
The flags ratio is approx 7:9. It is a blue flag. A woman. perhaps Hammonia, is sitting in the centre on a pedestal, surrounded by military equipment and holding at one arm a shield with the coat of arms of Hamburg (red catle, silver/white shield). Behind her is a winged hat of ancient God of Hermes, who was worshipped as the God of merchants, balanced on a stick. Above her is a motto, embowed in golden capitals "DIE FREIHEIT IST UNSCHAETZBAHR" (=Freedom is invaluable), topped by an eye of God within a triangle of golden rays, the symbol of Holy Trinity but also of Godís omniscience and symbolizing his vigilance over the city. A small image of St. Nicolas in a golden cartouche, i.e. an oval ornament, at the hoist side, on the opposite side a shield, showing a man in a landscape with snowy mountains, crested by a woman with sword and scales, probably Goddess of Iustitia. A golden inscription is "Anno" on the lower hoist corner, a golden "1771" on the lower fly. The flag has a golden bordure at three sides and the central image is surrounded by golden Rocaille ornaments.
Source: Museum für hamburgische Geschichte, filing card AB III 2 AD 2233.
Klaus-Michael Schneider, 11 Oct 2009
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