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Dictionary of Vexillology: C (Conducting Colours - Convoy Flag)

Last modified: 2024-06-08 by rob raeside
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See ‘colours 5)’.

Naval Ensign UK  Naval Ensign RSA
Naval Ensign, UK (fotw); Naval Ensign South Africa 1952 – 1981 (fotw)

A term sometimes used in place of upright triangle, and often when two or more are seen together – see ‘triangle 2)’.

Civil Ensign St. Lucia
National Flag of St. Lucia (fotw)

The newly introduced term for a rigid cone-like object in flag design which is to be hoisted on a (usually) indoor pole - see ‘flagpole’ (also ‘vexilloid 1)’).

cone flag
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A simplified form of the Venetian entasis taper in which a flag pole tapers evenly from its base to the truck – but see ‘Venetian entasis taper’ (also ‘flag pole’ and ‘truck’).

A medieval term, now obsolete, for a ‘standard bearer’.

Medieval terms, now obsolete, for a ‘gonfanon’.

Gonfanonun/Gonfanon of Eustache III of Auvergne c1100

See ‘reconstruction’.

conjectural image conjectural image
Two Conjectural/Reconstructed Images of the Bauceant (fotw)

Alternative heraldic terms used when two or more charges are joined together so as to touch each other - conjunct, or joinant (see also ‘charge 1)’) and ‘interlaced’.

South Africa - Army flag South Africa - Army arms connected
Flag and Emblem of the Army, South Africa (fotw); Flag of Hemne. Norway (fotw)

Please note – not to be confused with two sets of arms, or elements from those arms, which are impaled by dimidiation – see 'dimidiated' and following note.

In heraldry see ‘conjoined’.

conjoined example conjoined example 
Flag and Arms of Nærøy, Norway (fotw)

In heraldry see ‘cognisance’ 2)’.

The usually religious ceremony at which a new military or other ceremonial colour is dedicated – a service or ceremony of consecration or the blessing of a flag (see also ‘colour 2)’ and ‘parade flag’).

Please note that a ceremony of consecration – particularly that of some non-military colours - may also include the honouring of an individual with the title of God Parent to the flag involved - see ‘flag patron’).

See ‘rounded cross’.

consecration cross
Putative Banner of the Portuguese Knights Templar (fotw)

See ‘specification sheet’.

construction sheet
Construction/Specification Sheet for the National Flag of Qatar (fotw)

See ‘diplomatic flags’.

[UK consular flag] [UK consular flag] [Thai consular flag]
Consular Officer’s Flags Ashore and Afloat, UK (fotw); Consular Flag, Thailand (fotw)

The first version of what later became the US national flag whose canton consisted of the British 1606 pattern union jack rather than white stars on a blue field, and in unofficial use from 1775 to 1777 – the grand (or occasionally “great”) union, or Cambridge flag (see also ‘Betsy Ross flag’, ‘British flag’, ‘Franklin flag’, ‘great star flags’, ‘gridiron flag’, ‘old glory’, ‘quincunx’, ‘star-spangled banner’ and ‘stars and stripes’).

customs flags
The Continental Colors, US (fotw)

The heraldic term used when an animal is facing towards the sinister rather than the usual dexter - transversed - but see note below.

contourné contourné
Flag of Gothenburg, Sweden (fotw); Flag of Saint-Pierre, France (fotw)

Please note that English sources restrict this term to the attitude of animals, however, European heraldry (and Scottish heraldic authority) also apply it to inanimate charges as illustrated above.

See ‘hoisted flag’.

A term that may be used when a stripe or stripes narrow from the hoist to the fly and finish at one fixed point (or two closely spaced points) as in, for example, several maritime/naval pennants - but see 'expanding stripe(s)' (also 'burgee', 'masthead pennant 1)', 'stripe(s)' and 'striped')."

converging burgee converging pennant converging masthead pennant

Burgee of the Jedriličarski klub "Split", Croatia (fotw); Squadron Commander’s Pennant c1929, Uruguay (fotw); Masthead Pennant, Croatia (fotw)

This is not an established term, but has been introduced by the Editors as no properly accurate and established alternative could be found.
b) The Editors also consider that this term should be retained to describe a pennant or streamer that narrows towards the fly, and that a rectangular flag (as illustrated below) whose stripes narrow in the same way, whilst uncommon, should be classed as having “expanding stripes” - see ‘expanding stripes’.

converging pennant
A Flag of Amarante do Maranhão, Brazil (fotw )

See ‘fanion 2)’.

convoy flag convoy flag convoy flag
Three Convoy Flags/Fanions According to NATO Regulations (fotw)

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