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1887-11-09 Melchers golden coronation lighting flag

Hong Kong officially celebrated the Golden Jubilee of Victoria’s coronation on 9th & 10th November 1887, and did so in style with the major buildings sporting lavish decorations. The HK Daily Press (11-11-1887) gave a detailed description of each building, including this of one on the Central Chater Praya between the HSBC HQ and Pedder Street. The first reclamation project rejected in 1855, eventually began in 1868 and was completed in 1873. It added significant land to Praya Central, which later became the originally under water Des Voeux Road, before any tramways.
The large flag hanging from centre third floor is the flag of the German mailboats at that time, the Prussian eagle in the centre, the iron cross top left and a horn beneath. The music instrument horn, in former times used by the postillion, is the traditional symbol for the German mail. This flag for the German mail was used 1871-1892. The flag with the “M” to the right is the company flag of Melchers & Co. which was also shown on the funnels of Melchers steamers.

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