The Flags of the Guilds (1815)
Guild flags, etching from 1815. Over the centuries, the guilds had developed into a pillar of the existing economic order. As this etching makes clear, they had their own elaborate system of signs and insignia. In the period leading up the revolution of 1848/49, the power of the guilds became increasingly subject to criticism as advocates of occupational freedom challenged their validity.
Original: Staatliche Museen zu Berlin – Preußischer Kulturbesitz, Kunstbibliothek.
© Bildarchiv Preußischer Kulturbesitz