IMPERIAL CHINA'S FLAGS FROM 1872 TO 1912 - THE DRAGON FLAG

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1872 - 1890

[ Imperial China in 1910 ]

The Chinese Empire in 1910

1890 - 1912

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[ Tibet ]Tibet and Mongolia[ Mongolia ]

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CHINA'S FLAG 1872 - 1890 - THE QING OR MANCHU BANNER
- THE DRAGON FLAG -

[ China's Flag 1872 - 1890 - Qing Banner ]

[ Scan from 1877 World Fact Book ]

Image from 1877 World Fact Book

The Qing, Cíhing, or Manchu Empire banner used by China as a national flag from 1872 until 1890. A blue five-toed dragon reaching for the red Sun on a yellow triangular field. Like many flags made by hand before standardization, proportions and design details sometime vary. In fact no two flag references show the same design for this or the later variant. This representation is based on a hand embroidered example displaying exquisite hand stitching and fine detail. In 1890 the shape became rectangular while the basic design features were retained in slightly altered form. Prior to 1872 the was no national flag for China. Individual government officials and agencies had flags and banners in plenty.

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Comments to Phil Abbey - pr_abbey@hotmail.com - Revised and uploaded July 16, 1999

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