- The Latin/Italian for star and occasionally seen in place of that term – see ‘star 1)’.
- The term used when the diagonal dividing line on a shield, banner of arms or a flag is
created by a series of step-like indentations – but see the note below (also
‘stepped fly’ and
Flag and Arms of Donja Stubica, Croatia (fotw)
Please note that this term may also be used to describe other charges as appropriate, for example a “mount stepped”
(as illustrated below), or see the "stepped pattern" on the flag of
Artsakh – see ‘mount’ (also ‘cross of Calvary’).
Arms of Argeriz, Portugal (fotw)
- STEPPED FLY
- 1) (adj) A term for the type of flag, now largely (if not wholly) obsolete, whose fly is
extended by a rectangular projection (smaller in width and of varying length) centred on the
horizontal meridian of the flag (see also
- 2) See ‘stepped gonfalon’ below.
A selection of 19th Century US House Flags (CS)
a) This was not considered an established term and had been
introduced by the Editors as no (accurately descriptive) established alternative could then be found,
however, since that time the Italian term “gonfaloni scalinati” has been discovered and is accordingly
b) At the time of writing it is unclear as to whether the flag having a straight-sided but angled fly (as illustrated below) should be considered as “engrailed” or “stepped” – see ‘engrailed fly’.
Flag of Betxi, Spain (Jose Antonio Jimenez Ruiz)
- STEPPED GONFALON
- (adj) The term (and a direct translation of the Italian “gonfaloni scalinati”) that may be used to
describe those gonfalons whose fly forms a series of steps as in the examples given below (see also
‘gonfalon’ and ‘stepped’ ).
Asymmetric Right (or Dexter) Stepped; Asymmetric Left (or Sinister) Stepped; Symmetrical Outwardly Stepped; Symmetrical
- STICKPIN (or STICK PIN) FLAG
- See ‘lapel flag 1)’.
Stickpin flag (worldflags4u)
- In heraldry see ‘gemmed 1)’.
Flag and Arms of Villarsel-le-Gibloux, Switzerland (fotw
- STORM FLAG (or ENSIGN)
- 1) Specifically, in US military usage, the smallest size of national flag flown at army
and marine corps
posts - 5 feet (1.5 m) wide by 9 feet 6 inches (2.9 m) long, or half as wide and
half as long as a marine corps post flag (see also
and ‘post flag’).
- 2) Generally, a smaller size of flag than that laid down for general use, and meant to
be flown in stormy weather.
- 3) See ‘storm warning flag’ below.
- STORM WARNING FLAG (or PENNANT)
- In US and some other usage, one of a system of flags and pennants used to
warn mariners of severe weather in the area - a weather or weather warning
flag (see also
‘beach flag’ and ‘maritime lifesaving flags’).
US Coast Guard Hurricane Warning Flag and
Gale Warning Pennant (fotw)
- 1) A long narrow ribbon attached to a flag’s staff, such as those upon which
battle honours are inscribed - see ‘award streamer’
and ‘streamer retaining ring’).
- 2) The term for a long narrow flag or pennant, now obsolete, usually (but not invariably)
showing livery colours, often fitted with a frame at the head and flown from a vessel for reasons of bravado or as decoration – sometimes (inaccurately) called a gonfalon (see also
‘ancient 2)’, ‘deck flags’,
‘masthead pennant 2)’,
3) See ‘wimpel’.
The Henri Grace a Dieu, The Peter and The Salamander, English Royal Navy c1525 (Wikipedia)
Please note with regard to 2) that streamers supplied to the Henry Grace a Dieu (flagship of the English royal fleet) in 1514 are recorded as having ranged between 15 and 51 yards (13.5m and 46m) long.
- STREAMER RETAINING RING
- An often decorative, ridged band sometimes fitted to the staff of a military
colour below the finial, and from which battle streamers are suspended (see also
‘staff 2)’ and ‘streamer 1)’).
- STRIKE (or STRIKE ONE’S COLOURS/COLORS)
- (v) Nautical terms meaning to surrender - to lower or haul down
one's flag, as a sign of that surrender (see also ‘battle ensign(s)’,
and ‘nail one’s colours to the mast’).
French Frigate Striking Her Colours 1778 (Wikipedia)
- In heraldry a term used when the strings of a bow or of a musical instrument, the carrying strap of a horn, or the tapes that hang below a prelate’s mitre, particularly when these are of a different tincture
(see also ‘bugle horn’, ‘crozier’,
‘garnished’, ‘lappets’, ‘mitre’
Cornellà del Terri, Spain (fotw);
Arms of Vilaça e Fradelos, Portugal (fotw);
Flag of Admiral of the Royal Cork Yacht Club, Ireland (fotw);
Arms of Gandra, Portugal (fotw)
- A band or bands of colour – whether disposed vertically, horizontally or
diagonally – which generally reach one or more edges of a flag, but which do
not cover the whole area – see ‘striped’
(also ‘appendix IX’,
National Flag of Zambia (fotw); National Flag
Gabon (fotw); National Flag of
Mauritius (fotw); Flag of Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil (fotw)
Please note that the most common heraldic terms
used in describing the stripe on a shield or banner of arms are listed separately, however, it is suggested that
suitable a glossary or heraldic dictionary be consulted for further details.
- The term used to describe a flag having more than two parallel bands of colour – whether
disposed vertically, horizontally or diagonally – but see ‘appendix IX’,
Civil Flag of Belgium (fotw); National Flag of
Germany (fotw); National Flag of
Uganda (fotw); Flag of Berne, Switzerland (fotw)
- STUMPMAST (or STUMP MAST)
- A truncated mast (see also ‘flying line’,
and ‘mast 1)’).
Please note that a stumpmast with a fixed yard at the
truck giving it a T-shape is common right forward in the bows of those bulk cargo
carrying vessels plying the inland waterways of Europe so as to allow for passing
under bridges and other overhead obstructions. The taller of this type of mast is
also often hinged for lowering to deck level for the same purpose (see also