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Dictionary of Vexillology: C (Conducting Colours - Convoy Flag)
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- CONDUCTING COLOURS
- See ‘colours 5)’.
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’.
National Flag of St. Lucia (fotw)
- CONE TAPERED
- 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
- A medieval term, now obsolete, for a
- CONFANONUM (or CONFARONUM)
- A medieval term, now obsolete, for a ‘gonfanon’.
- CONJOINED (or CONJUNCT)
- A heraldic term used when two or more charges are joined together so as to touch each
other - conjunct, or joinant (see also ‘charge 1)’)
Flag and Emblem of the Army 2002 – 03,
South Africa (fotw);
Flag and Arms of Nærøy. Norway (Tomislav Šipek); Flag and Arms of
Espinho, Portugal (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.
- 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’).
- CONSECRATION CROSS
- See ‘rounded cross’.
Putative Banner of the Portuguese Knights Templar (fotw)
- CONSTRUCTION SHEET
- See ‘specification sheet’.
Construction/Specification Sheet for the National Ensign of Switzerland
- CONSULAR (CONSULAR OFFICER’S or CONSUL’S) FLAG
- See ‘diplomatic flags’.
Consular Officer’s Flags Ashore and Afloat, UK (Graham Bartram); Consular Flag,
- CONTINENTAL COLORS (or COLOURS)
- 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’,
‘great star flags’,
and ‘stars and stripes’).
The Continental Colors, US (fotw)
- See ‘Appendix V’.
- CONVENTIONAL FLAG
- See ‘hoisted flag’.
- CONVERGING STRIPE(S)
- 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')."
Burgee of the Jedriliearski klub Split, Croatia (fotw); Squadron Commander’s Pennant c1929, Uruguay (fotw); Masthead Pennant, Croatia (fotw)
a) 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’.
A Flag of Amarante do Maranhão, Brazil (fotw )
- CONVOY FLAG
- See ‘fanion 2)’.
Three Convoy Flags/Fanions According to NATO Regulations (fotw)
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