Original Imperial German Franco-Prussian War Kingdom of Saxony Veterans Association Flag Dated 1890-1897
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Original Item: Only one available. This flag came from a large collection in the Pacific Coast of the United States and is a spectacular item! It measures a very displayable 56-inches wide by 47-inches tall, with a bullion fringe going around three of four sides. It is double sided, and is of what looks to be cotton construction, with lots of embroidery, including lots using bullion thread. There are even bullion fringes embroidered onto the flags in the design! And immense amount of time must have gone into this lovely flag.
We have had several of these flags before, and all were from the late 19th century, made in celebration of what was at that time the largest and most successful military action for the Kindgom of Prussia, which lead to the formation of the German Empire: The Franco – Prussian War. Also called the “War of 1870”, this conflict lasted from 19 July 1870 to 28 January 1871, and involved the North German Confederation and the 2nd French Empire.
There is some debate as to the exact cause, but in general it is felt that France wanted to regain their pre-eminent position in Continental Europe, which was put into question after Prussia’s crushing defeat of Austria in 1866. At possible prodding from Prussian Chancellor Otto von Bismarck, France declared war, and the North German Federation responded…