Thomas Del Mar
Director of Olympia Auctions, London; Sotheby’s consultant
Regimental Flags, Colors and Guidons
Attractive to the historian and the interior decorator, regimental flags with rich histories can be found for a relative bargain, like this 18th-century silk standard from Britain’s 96th Regiment of Foot ($22,400).
Late 19th and Early 20th Century Flags
Interest in pieces from La Belle Époque is on the rise. This German standard
from an 1898 Imperial visit to Ottoman Jerusalem
The Historically Obscure
The relatively unknown story of Britain’s 18thcentury Lower Ashton Light Dragoon brigades, plus this guidon’s generally poor condition, translated to a humble $5,000 at auction.