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Civil Ensigns 1701-1918 (Prussia, Germany)

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Civil Ensign 1805

[Civil Ensign 1805 (Prussia, Germany)] image by Jaume Ollé

A blue flag with the royal flag in the canton.
Norman Martin, 20 Jan 1998

Civil Ensign 1818-1823 - Reported 1818 and 1862

Horizontal black-white-black triband.
Norman Martin, 20 Jan 1998

The Prussian government allowed ship owners and sailors to add the name of their own town or province on the white stripe of the merchant ensign (which was the same as the national flag) of the period 1818-1823. The ensign was often swallowtailed. [See also Memel 1818-1823.]
Mario Fabretto, 11 August 1998

Civil Ensign 1823-1863 - Reported 1823, 1848 and 1862

[Civil Ensign 1823-1863 (Prussia, Germany)] image by Jaume Ollé

White swallow-tailed flag with relatively narrow (1/6 of height) black stripes top and bottom. In the white field, a crowned black eagle with gold scepter and gold orb.
Norman Martin, 20 Jan 1998

An article by Dr. Whitney Smith, Gwenn ha Du (black and white) in Ar Banniel, 1999, mentions "8. Kingdom of Prussia - Civil Ensign (1823-1863) - swallowtailed, white field with Prussian eagle, with two thin black stripes on the upper and lower borders of the ensign."
Ivan Sache, 2 Aug 1999

Civil Ensign reported 1863

[Civil Ensign 1863 (Prussia, Germany)] image by Jaume Ollé

Similar to the 1823 civil ensign, but not swallow-tailed.
Norman Martin, 20 Jan 1998

Norie and Hobbs 1848 show the above flag under "117: Prussian Merchant".
Peter Hans van den Muijzenberg, 12 Nov 2001

Civil Ensign 1892-1918

[Civil Ensign 1892-1918 (Prussia, Germany)] image by Jaume Ollé

The structure correspond to the national flag and merchant ensign until 1863, but the eagle design is the one introduced around 1890 when the flag was again rectangular.
Mario Fabretto, 17 Aug 1998