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Shortly before his death in 1740, King Frederick William I of Prussia arranged to have his personal military insignia laid on his coffin at his obsequies: baton, gorget, and sash. A high-ranking officer was to stand behind them with the general Prussian standard, the imperial banner. For the special standards of his guard regiment, a Leibfahne and 14 company flags, the king bade his successor see to their future continuance – thus entrusting the fate of the regiment to his son.

The standards and insignia cited here for Prussia were in common use in all early modern Eu…

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Kloosterhuis, Jürgen, “Standard”, in: Encyclopedia of Early Modern History Online, Editors of the English edition: Graeme Dunphy, Andrew Gow. Original German Edition: Enzyklopädie der Neuzeit. Im Auftrag des Kulturwissenschaftlichen Instituts (Essen) und in Verbindung mit den Fachherausgebern herausgegeben von Friedrich Jaeger. Copyright © J.B. Metzlersche Verlagsbuchhandlung und Carl Ernst Poeschel Verlag GmbH 2005–2012. Consulted online on 03 March 2024 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2352-0272_emho_SIM_019184>
First published online: 2015
First print edition: 20180208

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