- A Buddhist prayer flag or wall hanging that depicts scenes from the life and
teachings of the Buddha (see also ‘prayer flag’
and ‘religious flag’).
19th Century Mongolian Thangka (Wikipedia)
- THE ENSIGN
- See ‘ensign, the’.
The Ensign of Italy 1848 1946 (fotw); The Ensign of Spain 1785-1931 (fotw)
- THE JACK
- See ‘jack, the’.
The Jack/Naval Jack 1879 1946, Italy (fotw);
The Jack/Naval Jack of Spain 1945 1977 (fotw)
- THE UNION
- See ‘union, the’.
Canton of the National Flag/Traditional Jack, US (fotw)
- THIRD CANTON (or QUARTER)
- A term for that quarter of a flag which occupies the lower hoist - the third quarter,
lower hoist or lower hoist canton see canton 3)
(also hoist 1)).
- THREE-STRIPED FLAG
- See ‘triband’ and ‘tricolour’.
Flag of the Commando Training Centre Royal Marines, UK (Graham Bartram); National Flag of
Lithuania (fotw); National Flag of The Congo (fotw)
- See ‘swallowtail and tongue’
(also ‘triple tongued 2)’).
Flag of Dolnύ Bar, Slovakia (fotw)
- THREEMOUND (or THREEMOUNT)
- See ‘coupeau’ (also ‘mount’).
Flag of Dόrrenδsch, Switzerland (fotw)
- The heraldic term that is most usually (but not exclusively) employed when
a charge, which under ordinary circumstances does not do so, extends to the
edges of a shield, banner of arms or flag – for example a cross pattée
throughout or a lozenge throughout as illustrated below – fixed or entire
(see also banner of arms, ‘overall 1)’,
‘overall 2)’ and
‘surmounted by 2)’).
Imperial Standard 1871 - 1918, Germany (fotw); The Empire of Brazil 1822 – 1889 (fotw)
- TIERCÉ (or TIERCED)
- The heraldic term used when a shield or banner of arms is divided into three parts in two or three different
tinctures or patterns – but see ‘triband 1)’,
‘tricolour 1)’ and note below.
Arms of Dobrovnik, Slovenia (fotw); Flag of Gettnau, Switzerland; Flag of Mont-sur-Rolle,
Switzerland (fotw); of Flag of Correvon, Switzerland (fotw)
Please note that a field divided in tiercé
may be described in several different ways and it is suggested that a glossary
or heraldic dictionary be consulted for full details, however, among those
ways are per fess, per pale or per bend depending upon whether it is
horizontal, vertical or diagonal see bend,
fess and pale (also
‘per bend’ and
‘per bend sinister’).
- Pieces of fabric or lengths of ribbon used in the largely (but not entirely)
obsolete practice of tying a flag to its staff or mast.
Please note that the increasingly (but by no means entirely) obsolete
practice of fixing a flag to its pole or staff by a series of attached loops is almost certainly based
on this earlier use of ties – but see loops (also sleeve 2)).
- TILTED FLAG
- See ‘flag for slanted display’.
Flag of the Army For Slanted Display, Bolivia (fotw & CS)
- The heraldic term for the colours, metals and furs used on a shield or banner
of arms (see 'Appendix III').
From left: Gules, Azure, Vert, Purpure, Sable, Brunatre, Tenne, Or, Argent, Ermine, Potent and Vair
- An oval-shaped wood or plastic cross-piece attached to a hoist-line sewn into
the heading of a flag, that fastens to a becket or eyesplice at the upper end
of the halyard for hoisting the flag on a mast or pole (see also
‘running eye and toggle’).
- TOGGLE AND BECKET
‘running eye and toggle.
- 1) In the singular, a piece of fabric projecting from the fly of a flag - see swallowtail and tongue and schwenkel 2)).
2) In the plural see tails.
Flag of the Partioheraldikot r.y., Finland (fotw); Royal Flag of
Sweden (fotw); Presidential Flag,
- See ‘langued’.
Flag of Oostrozebeke, Belgium (fotw)
- See ‘armed 2)’.
Flag of Appenzell, Switzerland (fotw)
- TOOTHED WHEEL
- See ‘cog-wheel’.
Flag of Industriequartier Zurich, Switzerland (fotw)
- 1) In vexillology a term that may be used to place the uppermost detail of a charge – for example
when an orb and cross appear on the central point of a crown (see also ‘charge 2)’
- 2) In heraldry see ‘ensigned’.
Royal Crown of Spain (fotw)
- A heraldic wreath - see ‘wreath 2)’.
- The heraldic term for a red disc – a roundel gules (see also
Flag of Burg, Switzerland (fotw); Flag of Niederbipp, Switzerland (fotw)
Please note that in strict English heraldic usage this term should only be
applied when the charge described in red (“gules”) – see
‘tinctures’ in ‘Appendix III:’.
- TORTURE WHEEL
- See ‘St. Catherine's wheel’.
Arms and Flag of Arcas, Portugal (fotw)
- See ‘ring 1)’.
- A term for the horsetail decorated standard, now obsolete, of certain
regiments of French cavalry - the Spahis originally raised from North African
tribesmen – a tugh (see also ‘horsetail’,
‘standard 2)’ and
- TOURING FLAG (or BANNER)
- The term – and a translation of the German Wanderfahne – for those flags
(or more accurately banners) that were awarded to various non-military organizations
for the best performance in the meeting or exceeding of production targets etc., by the former GDR and possibly other
Communist bloc countries – but see ‘award flag’
(also ‘banner 3’ and
Please note that other translations of the term wanderfahne have been proposed, but
have not yet been adopted into English vexillology.
- TOWER TOWERED (or TURRETED)
- The heraldic term used when a narrower tower or turret rises above the embattled top of another
tower or turret, with the number of any such towers or turrets (if more than one) given – for
example (as per two of those shown blow) a tower triple-towered (see also
From left: Flag and Arms of Seia, Portugal (fotw
& ICA) Flag of Castile-La Mancha, Spain; Naval Jack of
Spain (fotw); Arms and Flag of
Belmonte, Portugal (Klaus-Michael Schneider & fotw)
Please note that other variants might include a tower with a
steeple or a tower domed (or with a cupola), with the example given below being a tower
triple towered with one domed.
Flag and Lesser Arms of Hamburg, Germany (fotw)