Wednesday, 1 December 2021

Flags of yet another unknown Austrian regiment of Charles VI, as probably carried in the 1740s by the army of Maria Theresa

The top flag is taken from the contemporary source showing Austrian flags as carried in the 1740s. The bottom two are hypothetical but quite possible Leibfahnen. Many Leibfahnen carried in the War of the Spanish Succession simply had the same pattern as the Ordinair-fahnen but with the main background colour of the flag as white. However, some also carried a small image of the Virgin and Child in a cartouche in the centre, as I have shown here in the final flag.


 


13 comments:

Jonathan Freitag said...

Nice! Your work is tempting me to reflag all of my Austrians with these earlier flags. I have a flag similar to this pattern nut with a green background. I recall the green flag being associated with Hungarians. Is that true?

Heinz-Ulrich von Boffke said...

Yes! All of these Austrian flags, real or hypothetical, have been such a treat. I really must clear the painting decks, so that I can paint up some Austrians to carry these and your previous standards. Thank you, David.

Kind Regards,

Stokes

The Tiberian General. said...

More flaggy goodness, thanks for sharing David.


Willz.

Ray Rousell said...

Another great looking set if flags David. How long does it take you to draw a set like this?

David said...

Thanks, Jon. :-) It would be great to see these flags with your troops, if you have time and energy to do the work. The green flag was intended as a replacement for the entire army, not just the Hungarians, in the period 1743-5 when the Austro-Hungarians lost their Imperial status and the monarch was no longer Holy Roman Emperor. As they became HRE again in 1745 few of those green flags were issued but as always any flags carried were not replaced until they needed to be. I don't think we know which regiments actually carried those flags. There is one still surviving in very ragged shape in the HGM in Vienna. I have been working very slowly on a version from a photograph of that flag and I hope to finish it in the not too distant future!

All the best,

David.

David said...

Thanks, Stokes. I'm glad you are enjoying these flags so much. :-) It would be wonderful to see them in action with your Austrians. I have 8 or 9 of them still to do from the contemporary MS source, plus a couple of others from various places.

All the best,

David.

David said...

Thanks, Willz. :-) More on the way very soon; Prussian IR17 next, I think.

All the best,

David.

David said...

Thanks, Ray. :-) A set like this probably takes me at least 3-4 hours and sometimes much more. The flag work is very variable in time taken; the Prussian flags are easier as, once I have the basic patterns drawn (which, of course, takes a fair time), I can use them as a template which really speeds things up thereafter. These Austrian flags are all unique in design, on the whole, so take much longer, as do flags like the French German units like the La Marck I posted recently.

All the best,

David.

David said...

Actually, Jon, you say your green flag is similar to the pattern of the flag I just posted so that means with a black double headed eagle, right? So it is presumably not the 1743-5 so-called Hungarian issue? There is a Charles VI period flag which I have yet to do with a green background and dh eagle; I wonder if yours is actually one of those? Do let me see your green background flag, please!

All the best,

David.

Gundric said...

Brilliant Austrian flags again David, thank you. Can't wait get cracking and paint mine up so I can attach these wonderful creations to them!

David said...

Thanks, Lee. :-) Sorry to be slow getting your comment up on the blog. Really looking forward to seeing your troops with these Austrian flags!

All the best,

David.

Amtmann B. said...

Wow! These flags are looking excellent. One of your most interesting works by you!

David said...

Thank you, André. :-) Another 10-12 left to do of the various 1740s Austrian flags so the fun contimues for now... ;-)

All the best,

David.