I believe this flag is meant to note that a higher ranking officer is onboard the vessel from which it is flying from. Markings on the spine are a bit faded out and hard to read. The tip has a few lines of reinforcement stitching. One loop has been cut off; No doubt from the original souvenir hunter cutting it right off of its mountings. It is a loose weave so there is the odd little hole here and there. Long edges are almost 28 inches and the short edge is about 17 inches. When purchasing this I was under the impression that it was Imperial but have had feedback that it is in fact Third Reich. All in all a very attractive flag that is quite displayable.