Ref #: R-MFBP-1
VERY RARE PRUSSIAN LANDPOLIZEI BATTALION STANDARD WITH STREAMERS AND POLE TOP
This is a very rare Prussian Landpolizei 4' X 4' Battalion standard, complete with streamers and pole top. Only perhaps 50 of these were originally bestowed on Prussia's State Police units in the early days of the Third Reich; in fact, the design of the flag is very closely modelled on the regimental standards of the old Imperial Prussian army.
Possibly 5-7 of these flags survive in the market place today. At the time when this flag was consecrated, Hermann Goring was the head of the Prussian police, and when the Hermann Goring Regiment of the Luftwaffe was established, the Landpolizei Battalion standard was used as the basis for the Regimental standard.
The 2nd and 3rd battalions of the HG Regiment trooped flags identical to this one but the 1st Battalion standard has a small "Southern Cross" on a shield embroidered below the central eagle.
The streamers are black and tarnished silver and are possible made from two that have been sewn together, as there is a seam joining the ribbon in the middle. The literature describes the regulation streamers as being green and silver, and these streamers may in fact be a hold-over from an earlier (Weimar or Imperial) standard- they are in the Prussian state colours.
The pole top is a hollow cast variety, and is correct for this flag- it is a rarity in and of itself.
Condition-wise, there is some very minor fading/discoloration, and some staining and fraying to portions of the while silk arms of the cross, although no material is missing (see pics).
This is a gorgeous and rare flag of the most amazing quality!
There is another specimen of this flag currently for sale, without streamers or pole top, for 55K.