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Order of St. Stephen

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[Order of St. Stephen] image by Alex Danes, 21 October 2008

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I've found on Wikimedia commons an old painting of a galey of the Order of Saint Stephan which shows some flags:
Alex Danes, 21 October 2008

These are documented as "(Galley or galjas of the Order of Saint Stephan. Tuscany source:[]  A drawing made in the 17th. or 18th. century)"

17th century would make more sense, as the order was founded in approximately 1561, and this images are supposedly celebrating the 50th anniversary of the foundation.

The flag is flying from the aftcastle. The pennant flies from the tops of two lateen sails. In the image, the pennants differ somewhat in colour, the aft one being more orangey [this is possibly a photographic artifact], the same colour the flag has, while the other is more reddish. On the top of each lateen sail flies a smaller flag from a flagstaff: White with the red cross. From the tops of the masts fly smaller, single-tipped, orange pennants.
Peter Hans van den Muijzenberg, 21 October 2008


[Order of St. Stephen pennant] image by Alex Danes, 21 October 2008