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Dictionary of Vexillology: C (Cross Fitchy - Cross Moline)

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CROSS FITCHY
The heraldic term for a cross which does not usually extend to the edges of a shield, flag, canton or panel, and which may have plain or decorated ends, but whose vertical arm either comes to a point or has a point projecting below it – see ‘cross of Santiago’ (also ‘cross 2)’ and ‘ fitchy’).

cross-fitchy example cross-fitchy example cross-fitchy example
Flag of Cabeça Gorda, Portugal (fotw); Example; Flag of Bernissart, Belgium (fotw)

Please note that, unless referring to a plain cross this term is always accompanied by a further description, for example a “cross crosslet fitchy”.


CROSS FIXED
One heraldic term that covers a standard cross - see ‘cross 1)’.

fixed cross fixed cross
Flag and Arms of Nijland, The Netherlands (fotw & Wikipedia)


CROSS FLEURY (FLORY, FLORETTY or FLEURONNY)
The alternative heraldic terms for a cross which does not usually extend to the edges of a shield, flag, canton or panel, but whose ends are formed by fleur-de-lis – a fleur-de-lis or fleury cross, avis cross or cross of Calatrava (see also ‘avis cross’, ‘cross 2)’, ‘Dominican cross’, ‘fleur-de-lis’ and ‘fleury’ plus ‘cross of Calatrava’).

cross fleury cross fleury cross fleury
Flag of Mafra, Portugal (fotw); Arms of Glória, Portugal (fotw); Flag of Cabeção, Portugal (fotw)


CROSS FLEURY ENGRAILED
See ‘cross fleury’ (also ‘engrailed’.

Flintshire, Wales Flintshire, Wales
Flag and arms of Flintshire, Wales (fotw & Wikipedia)


CROSS FLEURY FITCHY
The heraldic term for a cross of Santiago - see ‘cross of Santiago’.

example Guriezo, Spain Sao Barnabé, Portugal
Arms and Flag of Quinta do Conde, Portugal (fotw); Arms of São Barnabé, Portugal (fotw)


CROSS FLEURY GIRONNY
The heraldic term for a Dominican cross - see ‘Dominican cross’.

cross fleury gironny cross fleury gironny
Example; Flag of Aldeanueva de Santa Cruz, Spain (fotw)


CROSS FORMÉE (FORMÉ or FORMY)
Alternative heraldic terms for a cross pattée - see ‘cross pattée’.

cross formee cross formee
Arms and Flag of Albisrieden, Switzerland (Wikipedia & fotw)


CROSS FORMY ROUNDED
A heraldic term for a rounded cross - see ‘rounded cross’.

cross formy rounded cross formy rounded
Arms and Flag of Paços de Ferreira, Portugal (fotw)


CROSS FOURCHÉ (or FOURCHÉE)
The heraldic term used when a cross (of whatever type) has forked ends – a cross fourchee but see ‘cross moline’ and ‘forked cross’ (also ‘cross of eight points 2)’, ‘Maltese cross’ and ‘fourche’).

cross fourche cross couped cross couped
Flag of Salgesch, Switzerland (fotw); Aircraft Marking 1941 – 44, Romania (fotw); Flag of Faido, Switzerland (fotw)

Please note that, unless dealing with a Greek cross (a straight-sided cross with arms of equal length), this term should never be used alone, but always with the type involved – for example a “cross pattée fourché” or “Latin cross fourché” as illustrated above.


CROSS-FUSILLY
An alternative heraldic term for a cross clechee - see ‘cross-clechée’.

cross-fusilly cross-fusilly
Arms and Flag of La Tallada d'Empordà, Spain (ICH & fotw)


CROSS GRINGOLÉE
The French heraldic term that covers a snakehead cross - see ‘snakehead cross’.

cross gringolee
(Wikipedia)


CROSS GYRONNY
The heraldic term for a cross that may or may not extend to the edges of a shield, flag or panel, but is composed of two tinctures meeting at the centre point and alternating either side of the vertical and horizontal meridians (thus giving it a three-dimensional appearance) – a gyronny cross - see ‘gyronny’ and compare with ‘cross-counterchanged (also ‘Dominican cross’, ‘faceted’ and ‘tincture’).


Flag of Kreis Safien, Switzerland (fotw); Example; Flag of Studnice, Czechia (fotw)

Notes
a) Unless describing a plain cross throughout, this term should always be accompanied by a further description, for example a “cross fleury gyronny couped”.
b) A cross whose centre is obscured by a charge could be described as either a cross gyronny or a cross-counterchanged, however, the term ‘cross quartered’ has now come into use - see ‘cross quartered’.


CROSS HUMETTY
The heraldic term for a Greek cross - see ‘Greek cross 2)’ (also ‘cross-couped’).

cross humetty cross humetty
National Ensign and Arms of Switzerland (fotw)


CROSS-LOZENGY
An alternative heraldic term for a cross clechee - see ‘cross clechée’.

example example
Arms and Flag of Verdal, Norway (fotw)


CROSS MALTESE
The correct heraldic term for a Maltese cross - see ‘Maltese cross 1)’.

maltese cross maltese cross
Flag and Arms of Hvozd, Czechia (fotw)


CROSS MOLINE
The heraldic term for a cross which does not usually extend to the edges of a shield, flag, canton or panel, but whose ends are split into two curved pieces – an anchor or moline cross or a cross anchory (see also ‘cross 2)’, ‘cross fourche’, ‘fourche’ and ‘snakehead cross’).


Flag of Houlle, France (fotw); Arms and Flag of Torsken, Norway (fotw)


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