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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 States" by Whitney Smith
Zeljko 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 untill independence in 1962. According to Crampton's TWOF 1990, 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 (c)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