Russian Imperial Standard
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Description of the Product
This Russian Imperial Standard was used from 1858 until the Revolution in 1917, by the Tsars Alexander II, Alexander III, and Nicholas II. Unlike modern day flags, the Imperial Standard represented the Tsar, the absolute ruler of the Russian Empire, not the country, the state, or the people.
The imperial Standard has the lesser coat of arms of Russia in the middle: the double headed eagle with the coat of arms of Moscow (depicting St George defeating the dragon) on its chest, surrounded by the Insignia of the order of St Andrew. Above is the ribbon of the Order of Saint Andrew. The orb and scepter grasped in the eagle's toes are traditional heraldic symbols of sovereign power and authority.
On the wings are displayed (clockwise from top right) the coats of arms of Astrakhan, Siberia, Georgia, the Grand Duchy of Finland, Kiev-Vladimir-Novgorod, Taurida, Poland, and Kazan.
Previous versions of the coat of arms displayed on the standard can be traced to medieval times, to Ivan the Great, although the double headed eagle itself dates even further, to Byzantine times and marks as such the Russian claim to Roman imperial heritage.
This Standard is the version used ashore, on sea the standard would have had a red background.
The flag is double sided, and made of durable indoor/outdoor nylon. 93cm x 150cm (36.6” x 59”) with metal grommets.
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