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(No) flag of the Netherlands Indies

The Dutch East Indies never had a flag on their own. Flags for the Dutch overseas dependencies were only adopted in the 1950s, when Indonesia was already independent.

Mark Sensen, 9 April 1998


[Flag of Batavia] image by Mark Sensen, 30 June 1999

There was however a (official?) flag for the capital Batavia, nowadays Jakarta.
Mark Sensen, 9 April 1998

A flag like this is shown in 1858 US flag chart [hbl58]:

"Batavia" at position (6;5) of [hbl58]: Rectangular ~2:3 flag with six horizontal stripes of red-white-blue and over all an emblem offset to the hoist: a white sword pointing up within a vertically elliptic green wreath tied at all four cardinal points with florettes. (Not enough detail for a proper image.)

This is similar to the Batavia flag shown above, but differs in the number of stripes (9), the color of the sword (golden), the position of the emblem (centred), and the details of the wreath (UN-like crossed branches, not a dense laurel crown).
António MARTINS-Tuválkin, 30 August 2008

I have in my possession some sheet music labeled on the cover "Javanesische Volksmelodie" and "Vaterlands-Lieder für das Piano-Forte bearbeteit von Ferd. Beyer". Inside, there is a subheading "(Surung Dayung. = push and row.)" The cover also shows two crossed flagpoles  showing flags similar to that of Batavia. The flag is more similar to the one António reports from [hbl58], with six horizontal stripes, red-white-blue-red-white-blue, with a green wreath enclosing a vertical sword (blade silver, handle gold) extending just into the first and sixth rows. The wreath is dense, and seems to be tied at 8 points (the sword obscures the top of the wreath, so no tie is visible there.) Unfortunately, there is no sign of any date on the music
Jonathan Dixon, 16 November 2008

Ferdinand Beyer lived 1803-1863.
Jan Mertens, 16 November 2008