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Flag of Cobro, Portugal (fotw); Flag of Binn, Switzerland (fotw); Flag of Sâo Pedro da Cadeira, Portugal (fotw)
Parade Flag of the Royal Naval Association, UK (Graham Bartram); Parade Flag of the Royal British Legion, UK (Graham Bartram)
a) There are basically three ways involving a sleeve by which a parade flag or military colour may be affixed to its staff - with decorative nails (often a precisely regulated number of nails), by means of a grommet and clip, or by tab and screw (see also ‘grommet’, 'nails' ‘sleeve 2)’ and ‘tab’) however:
b) The practice of tying a colour/parade flag to its staff, or attaching it by cloth loops or metal rings is still occasionally seen (see also ‘grommet’, ‘sleeve 2)’, 'tab' and ‘ties’).
Flag of Las Labores, Spain (fotw); Flag of Gelterfingen, Switzerland (fotw); Flag of Barnim, Germany (Wikipedia & fotw)
Flag of Vista Alegre do Alto, Brazil (fotw); Flag of Maranhão, Brazil (fotw); National Flag of Uganda (fotw)
Please note that this term is never used alone but always with the number of stripes being covered and/or partially covered.
Party Per Fess, Per Pale, Per Bend, Per Bend Sinister and Per Saltire
a) This term is never used alone, but always with the term describing the direction of any such division, for example party per fess.
2) The term “parted” as given in the heading above is not (at the present time) an established heraldic term but is much used on fotw.
A Flag of the Communist Party, Iraq (fotw)
Flag and Arms of Knin, Croatia (fotw)
Flag of West-Friesland c1720, The Netherlands (fotw); Flag of Košařiska, Czechia (fotw); Flag of Marnitz, Germany (fotw)
Royal Standard of England 1198 – 1340 (fotw); Flag of Hannover County 1974 – 2001, Germany (fotw); Flag of Häggenschwil, Switzerland (fotw)
Flag of Basel, Switzerland (fotw)
Example of a EU Patchwork Flag (fotw); Flag of Kiel, US (fotw); Combined Flag c1914 - Standard of the Allies (fotw)
Flag of Wallbach, Switzerland (fotw)
Arms of Rzeszów, Poland (fotw); House flag of the Companhia Nacional de Navegação Costeira, Brazil (fotw)
Royal Arms of Egypt 1922 – 1953 (fotw); Royal Arms of Sweden (fotw); Greater Arms of Serbia (fotw)
English Pavisade c1530 (CS)
a) This term is derived from the “pavise” which was a large shield behind which crossbowmen sheltered whilst reloading – see ‘crossbow’,
b) The practice of hanging shields along the sides of a fighting ship began as a defensive measure but had become largely decorative by the mid-16th Century.
Flags of Bartloming and Kiltai, Indonesia c1900 (fotw); Flag of the Customs Service, China 1881 (fotw)
Please note that the Editors have introduced an extension of this term, as no accurate and/or established alternative could be found to cover the Oriental examples.
Please note, it is the tradition in some navies that a ship on her final voyage, or at the end of an extended deployment out of home waters, should fly a special pennant the length of which is commensurate with the length of her last commission, or of the deployment being completed.
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