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Nidwalden canton (Switzerland)


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[Flag of Nidwalden] image by António Martins

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[Window pane for Nidwalden (1564). Flag bearer with Nidwalden flag and trefoil with coats of arms of Obwalden, Nidwalden and the Holy Roman Empire (as a sign of imperial immediacy). Presumably the right half of a status disc showing both Obwalden and Nidwalden. Nidwalden had used the double key as a pattern for its war flag since the early 15th century. The red and white pattern that used to represent Unterwalden as a whole was now used by Obwalden. Location: Sułkowski Castle in Bielsko-Biała, Poland (source). –
Banner of Nidwalden (ca. 1601), gift from Landammann (governor) Johannes Waser to the state of Nidwalden, silk damask, key made with gold and silver brocade, Zwickelbild with Jesus on the cross with John and Mary. Location: town hall, Stans (source)]

Variant of the flag

[Original Kraepfligriff flag] image by António Martins

Original Kräpfligriff grip.
Antonio Martins, 11 December 1997

Colour Flag

[Colour Flag NW] image by Ole Andersen

Simple rectangular cantonal flag, as shown in Mader (1942) (So-called colour flag [Farbenfahne in German]).
Martin Karner

Flaggen, Knatterfahnen and Livery Colours

    [Knatterfahnen] images by Pascal Gross

Flaggen are vertically hoisted from a crossbar in the manner of gonfanon, in ratio of about 2:9, with a swallowtail that indents about 2 units. The chief, or hoist (square part) usually incorporates the design from the coat of arms – not from the flag. The fly part is always divided lengthwise, usually in a bicolour, triband or tricolour pattern (except Schwyz which is monocolour, and Glarus which has four stripes of unequal width). The colours chosen for the fly end are usually the main colours of the coat of arms, but the choice is not always straight forward.

Knatterfahnen are similar to Flaggen, but hoisted from the long side and have no swallow tail. They normally show the national, cantonal or communal flag in their chiefs.
Željko Heimer, 16 July 2000