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Flag According to Book of all Kingdoms (late 14th Cent.)

image by Eugene Ipavec, 16 March 2010

The 30th flag mentioned and illustrated in the Book of All Kingdoms [f0fXX] is attributed to Naples. This as depicted in the 2005 spanish illustrated transcription [f0f05], a purple flag semy of golden fleurs de lis with a red ragged stripe on the top, shown in the ogival default shape of this source.
The anonymous author of [f0fXX] describes the flag thusly: "El rey de Napol á por señales un pendón cárdeno con flores de oro porque’l rey es de la Casa de Francia. E encima es una lista bermeja que dizen el restello atal." (The king of Naples has for sign a purple pendon with golden flowers because the king is from the House of France. And on top there is a red stripe which they call "restello" like this).
António Martins-Tuválkin, 17 November 2007

The 1917 National Geographic [gmc17] says "a red slip which they call a label" (p. 391).
Ned Smith, 17 November 2007

The Hakluyt society has: "The King of Naples has for his device a purple flag with gold fleurs de lys, for he is of the House of France, Above is a red slip which they call a label.
The graphic looks like someone found out too late they needed another line of flowers, rather than an intentional difference in the depiction. The texts don't speak of different types either. In all, I'd say all the flowers are supposed to be fleur-de-lys.
Peter Hans van den Muijzenberg, 17 March 2010

1735 Flag

by Jaume Ollé, 25 October 1998

The old Kingdom of Naples used the catalan bars. After 1735 it was part of Kingdom of Two Sicilies. This strange ensign is showed in many plates.
Jaume Ollé, 25 October 1998

1799 Flag

Jaume Ollé
and Jorge Candeias, 7 January 1999

Republic Partenopea was proclaimed in South Italy (in the territory of Kingdom of Two Sicilies) in 1799 under french influence (the Borbons retain Sicily).It was retaken by the Borbons in 1799 and until 1806, when the Kingdon of Naples was created,attribued to Murat. A white, red and black flag is reported.
According Zigiotto, no evidence of flag exist, and the french flag is suposed to be in use
Jaume Ollé, 13 October 1998

1806 Flag

by Jaume Ollé, 25 October 1998

In 1806 Naples was under french ocupation, and the crown was asigned to Giusepe Bonaparte. A white, red and black horizontal flag is reported (also quoted as vertical) but Zigiotto suggests that from the documentation only the use of french flag can be assured.
Jaume Ollé, 25 October 1998

1808 Flag

by Jaume Ollé, 25 October 1998

In 1808 Giusepe was called to the Spanish throne and the crown was assigned to Joachim Murat. A flag with the quoted colours white, red and black was adopted soon
Jaume Ollé, 25 October 1998

1811 Flag

by Jaume Ollé, 25 October 1998

Naples 1811 - blue bordered Red-White or White-Red, with shield.
Jaume Ollé, 5 June 1997

This flag is the state flag 1811-1815, the civil ensign was without the arms.
Mario Fabretto, 8 june 1997

In 1811 Murat changed the flag. The new design was clearly under french influence.
Jaume Ollé, 25 October 1998

1811 Merchant Flag

by Jaume Ollé, 25 October 1998

Merchant flag adopted 1811
Jaume Ollé, 25 October 1998

Signal for a Pilot

by Phil Nelson , 23 January 2000

Neapolitan signal for a pilot, shown in Colton's Deliniation of Flags of all Nations (1862), Znamierowski, "The World Encyclopedia of Flags" , opposite the title page.
Phil Nelson, 23 January 2000

At J.W Norie - J.S. Hobbs: Flaggen aller seefahrenden Nationen, 1971[ nor71] (original print 1848):
225 Sicily & Naples Signal for a Pilot - as above and Kingdom of the Two Sicilies - Pilot Signal, The former is displayed a bit too dark, here, whereas the latter has the better location, I guess, but like the other flags on that page has a border on its white edges, though not as pronounced as some of the others.
Peter Hans van den Muijzenberg, 12 November 2001