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War Ensign 1891-1917 (Thailand)

Last modified: 2005-01-29 by santiago dotor
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[Naval Ensign 1891-1917 (Thailand)]
by Jaume Ollé

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A naval ensign was introduced in 1891. This showed a white elephant in a war outfit standing on a platform, presumably on the red field. The present naval ensign, shows the white elephant in a red disk placed on the middle blue stripe. The details of the elephant's outfit vary in the pictures I have seen, as does the platform it is standing on. The GIF image I made is my own interpretation, and I cannot guarantee that it is correct in detail.

Jan Oskar Engene, 3 October 1996

Unidentified Variant 1910-1917

Possibly naval jack 1910-1917

[War Ensign, Unidentified Variant 1910-1917 (Thailand)]
The blue border matches the original source's background and is not part of the flag
from the Singha Beer source

From the Singha Beer source:

The Naval Officer's Flag
This is a rectangular, red flag with a white elephant - in full caparison-standing on a dias, facing the flagpole. In the top left-hand corner stands anchor threaded through a "chakkra" under a yellow crown. [Like the Naval Ensign 1891 but with a smaller elephant, and bearing the crown+anchor+chakra emblem in the canton.]

The flag was originally designed in B.E.2453 [1910 AD] by royal command of King Rama VI following a special Royal Decree (R.S.129) concerning flags. The flag was flown from the stem [sic — possibly "stern"?] of a vessel and from various government buildings, specifying that the vessels and the buildings came under the juridiction [sic] of the Ministry for the Navy. Use of the flag was discontinued in B.E.2460 [1917 AD].

Santiago Dotor, 12 November 1999