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Dictionary of Vexillology: L (Liberty Cap - Livery Colours)
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- LIBERTY CAP
- See ‘cap of liberty’.
Flag of Jujuy, Argentina (fotw)
- LIEUTENANT COLONEL’S COLOUR (or COLOR)
- See ‘stand of colours 1)’ and ‘venn’.
Examples of Lieutenant Colonel’s Colours, English c1641 (Željko Heimer, CS and fotw)
- See ‘monogram’.
Presidential Flag of France (1894 - 1895) (fotw)
- See ‘fastness’.
- 1) See ‘edging 1)’.
- 2) A term sometimes used to describe the detail lines within a charge
or a figure – but see ‘garnished’ and
‘masoned’ (also ‘charge 1)’.
- 3) In heraldry a term for the lining (either fur or fabric) of a mantle or pavilion, or if a
bear or greyhound has a line affixed to its collar (see also ‘mantle’
- LINGUISTIC FLAGS
- 1) Flag-like images that are intended to link together communities which speak the same language
irrespective of national boundaries, and which are usually an amalgam of the national flags concerned
- an amalgam or amalgam language flag (see also
‘combined flag’ and
‘patchwork flag 1)’ ).
- 2) Flags that are intended to represent a link through the use of a common natural language,
generally (but not invariably) countries previously held by colonial ties – such as that of the Francophonie.
- 3) Flags that are intended to represent one of the constructed languages, for example Esperanto.
- 4) Flag images, usually (but not invariably) those of national flags, which are used on the Internet
(and on other documentation) to indicate in which languages the material on a particular site are available
for the convenience of the reader.
Please note with regard to 1) that these images do not (as far as is known) exist in cloth.
From left: Amalgam Language Flags for English and German (CS) Flag of the Francophonie;
Esperanto flag (fotw)
- A term sometimes used in heraldic blazoning to describe the windows and/or door of a
castle, tower or other building, particularly when these are shown in a different tincture
(see also ‘tinctures’ and ‘tower-towered’).
Arms and Flag of Viseu, Portugal (fotw and
ICH); Arms and Flag of
Miranda do Douro, Portugal (fotw and ICH)
Please note that this term, whilst being an archaic alternative to “lighted” or “lit”, is not generally seen in English heraldry.
- LIVERY BANNER
- The term, now obsolete, for a small square flag in the deceased person’s livery colours,
usually for use at that person’s funeral (see also
‘livery colours 1)’,
Livery Banner of The Royal House of Tudor 16th C, England
- LIVERY COLOURS (or COLORS)
- The principal colours (often - but not exclusively - the first metal and first
colour) of a coat of arms and generally (but not exclusively) shown as two or three stripes on flags
(see also ‘armorial banner 2)’, ‘banner 2)’,
‘coat of arms 2)’,
‘rule of tincture’,
‘state colours 3)’,
and ‘wreath 2)’).
- 2) A term sometimes applied to the principal colours of a flag unrelated to a coat of arms - but see
‘national colours 2)’ and
‘state colours 3)’.
Arms and Flag of Cerklje na Gorenjskem, Slovenia (fotw); The State Arms and
National Flag of Germany (fotw); Arms and Flag of
Bobnice, Czech Republic (fotw); The State Arms and National Flag of
Please note that the term is derived from the colours – usually
taken from a family’s arms - worn as a livery by the servants of that family.
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