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Swiss peace flag

[Swiss peace flag] image by Evan Rolfe

Similar to the Italian peace flag, but defaced with the Swiss cross instead of "PACE".
Evan Rolfe, 27 June 2004

Decorative Swiss flags (Geneva)

[Decorative Swiss flag]    [Decorative Swiss cantons flags]

Aleksandar Nemet noted photographs of the Swiss flag with flames along one edge (picture [source], picture [source]). This is a decorative Swiss national flag, which is (as far as I know) only hoisted on a bridge in Geneva city. On this bridge all the flags fly together with the Swiss flag for a mere decorative purpose. All these flags on this specific bridge over the Rhodan river, at the outflow from Geneva Lake, show a special pattern, which consists of little flames along one or more borders of the flag. Flames, though also sometimes seen in 17th and 18th century military flags all across Europe, are a specific Swiss flag design element since the 17th century until today. Flames may be placed across the flag or in the four areas separated by a white cross in varied ways, or at the edges of a flag or at the edges of a cross, or in any other possible way (like for instance in our case here).
[The referenced pictures here show both the same kind of flag. The flags may be wrapped around the pole like in the second picture and thus give the wrong impression to have the flames only on one side.]
Emil Dreyer, 21 November 2008

The bridge is the famous Mont-Blanc bridge ("pont du Mont-Blanc"), built in 1902–1903 and enlarged in 1964–1965. Photo showing the flag display here (picture). The mountain in the background is Mont Salève, known as the Genevans' Mountain, but located in French territory; when they dug the Lake, the Genevans dropped all the waste in France :-) During the last football European championship the flags were replaced by the official UEFA Euro 2008 Genève flags.
Ivan Sache, 22 November 2008

Maskenliebhaber Guild (Luzern)

image by Antonio Martins-Tuvalkin, 6 November 2016
based on image submitted by Dominique Cureau, 14 July 2009

I saw this flag in Lucerne (Luzern). It represents the head of a man with a cap to 3 balls in yellow on a red background.
Dominique Cureau, 14 July 2009

This is the flag of a Lucerne carnival (mardi gras) guild: The "Maskenliebhaber" guild, formed in 1819 to further friendship and liberal ideas and to support Lucerne carnival and the wearing of masks. You may want to check the Luzerner Fasnacht website for more information (Swiss).
Philippe Macherel, 27 December 2009

This leads us to, the website of the Maskenliebhaber-Gesellschaft der Stadt Luzern ("Society of lovers of masks of the city of Lucerne", but the German has more of a ring to it). This basically tells us that they are a carnival guild from 1819, and thus that they are 200 years old this year [2019] (It tells us more, but this is a carnival guild; hence: Caveat Lector).
Here [retrieved] you see the flags flying from the guild's building (source, retrieved) and here you see the banner (source).
Note that the banner, being a banner, has the name on it. Obviously, the flag that served as our source, being a flag, would not have that. Other guilds definitely also have banners.
The festive ferret might find the links on this page listing the Guilds and Clubs of Lucerne interesting: Zünfte & Vereine Stadt Luzern.
Peter Hans van den Muijzenberg, 22 April 2019

Unusual Swiss "Flagge" at Olympic Games in St. Moritz

[Swiss flagge] image located by Martin Karner

A Swiss newspaper published an article about the use of airplanes at the Winter Olympic Games of 1928 and 1948 in St. Moritz. One photo from 1948 shows a so-called "Flagge" (vertical banner) with the Swiss cross on red, a vertical flag hoisted from a crossbar in the manner of a gonfanon. The lower end of the flag is not visible. The special thing about the flag is the cross, which is not centered or placed in the hoist as usual with these flags, but offset towards the upper end. It has neither the design of "Flaggen" we present on FOTW with the cross in the hoist and a bicolour fly part. The airplane with the HB-ARU marking is a "Fieseler Storch" Fi-156. These planes could fly very slow and were well suited for photography.
(Source: Südostschweiz am Wochenende/Bündner Zeitung,, 25 February 2023)
Martin Karner, 3 March 2023

Regioboot club (Basel)

[Regioboot flag]      [Regioboot logo] images located by Martin Karner

Regioboot is a private club of small ship owners, located in Basel, Switzerland. They represent the interests of the small tenants in Basel marina and take care of a coordinated appearance with the canton of Basel-Stadt, the Swiss Rhine ports and the Rhine police. Among the photos of the club's website there are also pictures of their flag and logo (see above). In the webshop a pennant is offered, among other things with the logo.
Flag and logo (both square) show on a white field a blue stripe that makes a right angle arc from the top left corner to the bottom right corner. The stripe has the white inscription "Regioboot". In the right upper corner of the emblem is a ship's propeller whose three blades are designed as the flags of the countries of the tri-border region: France, Germany and Switzerland. The blue stripe represents the "Rheinknie" (knee of the Rhine) as the club's territory (In Basel the Rhine makes a 90-degree right turn to the north). The three-blades propeller stands for the triborder-region as the members' home.
Martin Karner, 4 March 2023

Swiss Motorboat Association

[FSM flag]      [FSM pennant]      [FSM logo] images located by Martin Karner

The Swiss Motorboat Association FSM (French: Fédération Suisse Motonautique; German: Schweizerischer Motorbootverband; Italian: Associazione svizzera per tutti i conducenti di barca a motore) is committed to the interests of private shipping on all Swiss waters. It is committed to sustainable and free shipping, and defends itself against an escalating flood of laws that threatens free navigation. It was founded in 2007 from a merger of the Swiss Association of Motorboat Clubs and the Swiss Alliance for Boating.
Their flag, which is offered in the webshop, is a rectangle Swiss flag with the logo in the upper left corner. The logo shows a yellow ship's propeller on a white ship's steering wheel which makes it not very distinctive. On the right side of the logo are the yellow letters FSM, the lettering runs from bottom to top.
The pennant, which is part of the logo and also offered in the webshop, has a completely different design: on a blue field a Swiss flag in the upper left corner. Three horizontal white stripes are placed on the upper half of the pennant, the lowest one running along the Swiss flag. The Swiss cross on the pennant displayed in the shop is offset to the right, on the logo it's centered.
The logo shows on a white field a black drawn anchor with a rope behind the coloured pennant, surrounded by two concentric circles in which the letters FSM are written on the top. On the sticker, also offered in the shop, there is additionally the inscription "FÉDÉRATION SUISSE MOTONAUTIQUE" at the bottom of the circles. (website)
Martin Karner, 12 March 2023

Polizeimusik Basel

[Polizeimusik Basel 1]      [Polizeimusik Basel 2] images located by Martin Karner

The Polizeimusik Basel (website) was founded in 1909, it is the representative orchestra of the Cantonal Police of Basel-Stadt. It consists of about 40 musicians who don't have to be members of the police. The range of repertoire contains classical literature to original compositions for wind orchestra, big band arrangements and modern hits. Since 1970, the Polizeimusik Basel has also been active in the field of marching music formations. They had several appearances at home and abroad, e.g. at the Basel Tattoo, the Rose Parade in California (U.S.), the International Police Tattoo in Adelaide (Australia) and divers other police music festivals. One of the greatest events was the participation in the Steuben Parade in New York, followed by a concert at the UN headquarters. The orchestra performs both in a historical uniform, which is faithfully reproduced from an old police uniform from 1909, and in the official representation uniform of the Cantonal Police of Basel-Stadt.
The square flag was created in 2009 for the centenary, it emerged from a competition among the members. It shows the club logo (the black Basel staff covered with an organ pipe) on a white background and a blue-yellow colour ray growing from the bottom right, tapering upwards (The colours blue and yellow do not have an official meaning). At the hoist side is the vertical inscription "POLIZEIMUSIK BASEL", which can be read on the obverse and the reverse (see pictures). In this music video the flag can be seen during a concert alongside the Swiss national and the Basel-Stadt cantonal flag. This picture shows a variant of the logo on a drum, the organ pipe is white instead of black.
Martin Karner, 11 April 2023

See also: Marcia Vexillum – vexillology and military marches (by Lars C. Stolt, ICV 20, 2003)

Associazione Ticinese volontari antifascisti di Spagna

[ATVAS] image located by Martin Karner

The Associazione Ticinese volontari antifascisti di Spagna was an association of former volunteer fighters in the Spanish Civil War and friends. It existed from 1976 to 1991. Around 80 citizens of Ticino had joined the Republican forces (over 800 from whole Switzerland). After its dissolution the association's documents were transferred to the Fondazione Pellegrini Canevascini, which is dedicated to the social history of Italian speaking Switzerland. The flags came into the care of the Cantonal Library in Mendrisio. The association's flag is presented on the website of the mentioned foundation. It adopts the colours of the Spanish Republic: purple, yellow and red in a vertical tricolor. The black inscription on the upper half reads: "ass. Ticinese volontari / antifascisti di Spagna / 1936 – 1939". The the first two lines are arranged in an upward arc. The flag has golden fringes on three sides. Measurements: 145x100 cm.
Martin Karner, 18 July 2023

Watchmaker flag (Neuchâtel canton)

[watchmaker flag] image located by Martin Karner

This flag from 1898 is of the "Federation of sharpeners, dismantlers, refitters and bolt makers in the watch industry" (Fédération des ouvriers repasseurs, démonteurs, remonteurs et faiseurs d'échappements de l'industrie horlogère), Neuchâtel canton. This federation was still a professional fraternity, not a trade union. It was not until 1915 that the watchmakers organized themselves into a trade union at national level, the Swiss Metalworkers' and Watchmakers' Union.
The square flag shows on a light blue or grey field a golden pocket watch, surrounded by a ring on which the zodiac is depicted in similar colours as the clock. The clockwork is visible. A few laurel branches peek out from behind the ring. In front of the ring at the bottom a winged sand glass is depicted. Above and below the watch the motto is arranged in two bows: "L'INTELLIGENCE ET L'ADRESSE / FONT L'EXCELLENT OUVRIER" (Intelligence and skill make the excellent worker). The flag has golden fringes on three sides. Location: Musée d'histoire, La Chaux-de-Fonds (source).
Martin Karner, 24 July 2023