Original Imperial German Pre-WWI Kaiserliche Marine Navy Veteran's Silk Banner - 57” x 50”

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Original Item: Only One Available. This is an exceptional Imperial German Kaiserliche Marine veteran silk banner, offered in fantastic condition! The Imperial German Navy or the Imperial Navy (Kaiserliche Marine) was the navy of the German Empire, which existed between 1871 and 1919. It grew out of the small Prussian Navy (from 1867 the North German Federal Navy), which was mainly for coast defense. Kaiser Wilhelm II greatly expanded the navy. The key leader was Admiral Alfred von Tirpitz, who greatly expanded the size and quality of the navy, while adopting the sea power theories of American strategist Alfred Thayer Mahan. The result was a naval arms race with Britain, as the German navy grew to become one of the greatest maritime forces in the world, second only to the Royal Navy.

This is a very attractive example of a Pre-World War I Imperial German Kaiserliche Marine banner. The banner is double sided with one side depicting the Imperial German flag with the phrase MIT GOTT FÜR KAISER und REICH! ("With God for Kaiser and Reich!"), with nicely embroidered anchors at the lower corners. The other side depicts a German cruiser with the phrase AU ZEIT VOLLDAMPF VORAUS ("Always Full Steam Ahead!"). The banner was made for the "Navy Veteran's Organization in Recklinghausen" which was founded in 1903 as evidenced by the lower banner. The borders are decorated with large anchors each depicting a different naval motif. The banner is bordered on 3 of its sides by bullion trim.

The colors remain vibrant with scattered stains throughout. There are several small tears which do not detract from the display. The largest tear measures approximately 5". The banner is somewhat fragile but would complement an Imperial German display. Measures approximately 57” x 50”.

Comes more than ready for display.

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