This beautiful Flag originates from Bavaria in the south of Germany and dates back to the 1910's. It is very large - over 50 Inch. It is opulently embroidered with Silk thread and Metallic Stumpwork. It is made out of raw silk while the back is fine Linen. The embroidery is conducted wonderfully.
The completely hand embroidered Centerpiece shows Madonna / Virgin Mary with the little Jesus Child. Christ is holding an Apple while two Cherubs / Angels / Putti are holding Mary's Cape. On of the Marksmen is kneeling in front of the Holys with the coat of arms of his Gilt to the left. The coat of arms says "einig u. treu" which means "united and loyal" and also shows the Letters BKVB. In the center is the Bavarian Banner. The background shows a typical Bavarian town.
Above and under the embroidered Center are each one short phrase in Metallic Stumpwork. One says "Tüchtig vorwärts" - which means "proficiently forward" and the other states "Gläubig aufwärts" meaning "faithful upwards".
Three sides of the Flag are surrounded by Metal Fringe.
About Schützenvereine - Marksmen clubs:
Many of these clubs have a century long history. Once founded to protect the village or town only honorable citizens were allowed to become a member and to protect the town on the town wall. Up to modern times there is a big tradition in Germany with these Clubs. Almost every village has a fair celebrating there "King" every year. Who becomes the King is usually figured out by shooting on a wooden bird. The member who will shoot the bird down becomes the new King.
The silk of the front of the flag is in fair condition. It has some discoloring and ripping. The Fringe and the Embroidery are in very good antique condition. The linen in the back has some wear and discolorations (Please see pictures)
SIZE: 53" x 54"
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