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No flag existed for any Spanish colony, neither for the overseas provinces (although some
of the mainland Spanish provinces). There are some maritime registration flags
for the area (see Santa Isabel Maritime Province 1889-1970) and a
standard for the Spanish Governor General.
Jorge Candeias and Jaume Ollé, 16 Oct 2001
1:1 Image by Antonio Gutiérrez, taken with permission from the S.E.V. website
This is the 1945-1977 flag for a Spanish Chargé d'Affaires, a Consul, a
Provincial Governor (Gobernador Civil) or a Governor-General (Gobernador
General). As far as I know the only Spanish Governor-General after 1904 was
that of Equatorial Guinea, and ceased to be so upon that country's
independence, 12th October 1968. Strangely enough, the 1977 flag law still
considers this flag that of a Governor-General.
The current flag (since 1981) is very similar (with the 1981 Spanish coat of arms replacing the 1945-1977 one) - see comment at the Spanish Governor General page.
Whatever the coat-of-arms (1945-1977, 1977-1981 or current), the swallow-tail 'cut' is one third of the length of the flag deep and the arms' vertical axis is placed at one third from the hoist. In the 1945-1977 and 1977-1981 flags, the arms' height was one third of the hoist. In the 1981 flag, it is 2/5ths (as in the national flag).
I am not fully knowledgeable on the subject, but I believe that since Spain considered Equatorial Guinea as a Spanish province, it would have had a Provincial Governor too. This was certainly the case with the (Spanish now Western) Sahara province, so it may be that in the Sahara the flag was used too.
Santiago Dotor, 15 Mar 2001