From the playing field to the battlefield
None of the Oldenzales had even one duchess in their pocket – let alone eighty – and the winners did not accept it. “The result, of course, was to turn the playing field into a battlefield,” says van der Veen. “Balls flew through the air, and sticks fell at breakneck speed on the backs of the participants until they crashed.
Unfortunately, it was not explained whether it was the sticks or the back that broke. In any case, Oldenzal fell hopelessly at this meeting as well. She even endured the utter humiliation of losing her flag, “a fair pendulum of dark red silk” with the Oldenzaal coat of arms in the middle.
The men of Utmarsum returned to their homes and were greeted by their wives and daughters with cheers. The swinging feather became an honorary trophy in the house of Mayor Cramer and was then flown around town for every festive occasion. To Oldensal’s dismay, of course, this was a yearly reminder of that unpleasant day.
In 1894 Oldensal offered 200 guilders to take back the flag, but this offer was turned down. In 1930 the flag suddenly disappeared, suddenly appearing in the Rijksmuseum in Enschede. Of course Ootmarsum didn’t like that. Come back with this beautiful dark red silk roller feather and instantly!
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