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Can you please help to identify a British (?) flag I have...it's dated
1898 and has a large standing lion with the words R.A.C. on it.
Steve Winters, 3 Mar 2005
I believe that I have identified the 1898 Lion Flag as belonging to
Ruder Club Aschaffenburg 1898.
I researched this flag entirely through the internet and arrived at the following website page, http://www.ruder-club-aschaffenburg.de/downloads/rca-satzung.pdf, needless to say, it's in German. However, I downloaded the .pdf file and converted it into a text file, then using my Multilingual software converted the German text into English.
The following is my software translation of part of the .pdf file.
§ 3 colors and flag
The colors of the association are green white red.
The association flag consists of STATUTE of the Ruder Club Aschaffenburg of 1898 e. V , conditions 03/2002
2, a right-angled divided field. The left rectangle of the flag field
shows a golden, upright-standing lion, which is turned to the flag mast
on green background. The remaining larger rectangle of the flag field has
a white background and is diagonally by two red bars crossed. In the three
upper triangle fields divided by the bars the initial letters of the association
name are in black set in golden Latin large letter attached. The year of
the establishment of the association is drawn in in the same way in the
lower triangle field. The large "A" of the abbreviation for Aschaffenburg
is in the upper triangle field.
David S Smales, 23 Sep 2005
David S Smales is absolutely right. It is indeed the flag of
"Ruder-Club Aschaffenburg von 1898 e.V." without any doubt. According
to Rudersportalmanach 1977 (p.187) the lion facing the hoist is white however,
the letters in the flyend are black and dotted. According to Rudersportalmanach
2004 (p.232) the flag of the club is nearly the same as the lion-flag on
FOTW. Only the inscription in the bottom of the flyend is "v.1898" instead
of "1898", the "v." is above the "1898". According to Club's
Website the flag is the same as the one in Rudersportalmanach 1977,
but the letters are not dotted and the inscription in the bottom of the
flyend is "v.1898" too. You can see this variant on Club's
Website on the frontpage. I think those little differences depend on
the age of the flags or different manufacturers and don't really matter.
Sales is wrong however about another point. Of course German and Bavarian
is not the same. All papers are of course written in German and I think,
it is important to the people of Aschaffenburg being Franks and not Bavarians
although this region (today district of "Unterfranken") is part of the
State of Bavaria (today "Freistaat Bayern") since 1803. To Northerners
like us, it seems as if e.g. Dutch and Norwegian are more similar to German
Klaus-Michael Schneider, 17 Jun 2006
Yes, the flag shown is definitely from the Ruder-Club Aschaffenburg.
I am a member of and the Press attache for the RCA.
Diana Seehafer, 23 Jun 2010
[editor's note: discussion and image taken from this FOTW-page.]