WWI Uhlan Swallow-Tail Lance Pennant w/Death'sHead

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  • Source: eBay
  • Sold Date: Apr 23, 2008
  • Channel: Auction House

Offered for sale is what I believe to be a WWI or earlier HUSSAR CAVALRY REGIMENTAL LANCE PENNANT.

It was acquired as part of a large collection and is in excellent condition.
The pennant is of Swallow-Tail configuration.

Made of a white cotton, almost muslin like weave body with a black felt Death's Head (Totenkopf).

Measures approximately 11 1/4 in. by 29"

Has four button holes for fastening around a lance or other form of staff

T are no rips, tears, stains or other damage.

Below is some Wickepdedia information for your perusal.

"Use of the symbol as a military insignia began with the cavalry of the Prussian army under Frederick the Great . Frederick formed Husaren-Regiment Nr.5 (von Ruesch), a Hussar regiment commanded by Colonel von Ruesch. These Hussars adopted a black uniform with a Totenkopf emblazoned on the front of their Mirletons and wore it on the field in the War of Austrian Succession and in the Seven Years' War .In 1808, when the regiment was reformed into Leib-Husaren Regiments Nr.1 and Nr.2, the Totenkopf remained a part of the uniform.During the Napoleonic Wars , when Frederick William, Duke of Brunswick-Wolfenbüttel , was killed in battle, his troops changed the colour of their uniforms to black, with a Totenkopf on their Shakos in mourning their dead leader (Other sources claim that the " Black Brunswickers " were so equipped while Friedrich Wilhelm of Brunswick lived, as a sign of revenge on the French [1] ).

August von Mackensen , German field marshal.

The death's head continued to be used throughout the Prussian and Brunswick Armed forces until 1918.

The Totenkopf was used in Germany throughout the inter-war period, most prominently by the Freikorps . In 1933 it was in use by the regimental staff and the 1st, 5th, and 11th squadrons of the Reichswehr 's 5th Cavalry Regiment as a continuation of a tradition from the Kaiserreich ."

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