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Malietoa line flag
image by António Martins
Tuiaana line flag
image by Klaus-Michael Schneider, 6 December 2005
Source: Die Welt der Flaggen und die Wappen aller Länder, [cra91d] p. 111
The Kingdom of Samoa existed from 2 October 1873 to 28 January 1886 and
from ca.1888 to 27 April 1900. Source: Flags of the United State
by Whitney Smith
Željko Heimer, 24 September 1996
Western Samoa (islands of Savai’i, Upolu, Manono and Apolima, of which
consisted before the kingdoms of Tuiaana and Malietoa) was administered by Germany
from 1899 to 1920, and then by New Zealand until
independence in 1962. According to Crampton’s The
World of Flags [cra90], this was "the basic flag of the Malietoa
kingdom" ... "prior to 1900" ... "probably inspired by
missionaries" while the Tuiaana line, who favored the German cause, used
flags with black crosses.
António Martins, 3 July 1997
Another flag here from the William Crampton book The Complete Guide to Flags [cra89], 1989. This one was under the Western Samoa section of the book, on page 127.
Tupua Tamasesse (1887-1889). The flag is white with a black St. George’s cross throughout, and a white star in a red canton.
I found that the dates for this flag fit roughly between the two time
periods for the Kingdom of Samoa (1873-1886 and 1888-1900).
Randy Young, 1 February 1999