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

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CONDUCTING COLOURS
See ‘colours 5)’.

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


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

Civil Ensign St. Lucia
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 ‘truck’).

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

CONFANONUM (or CONFARONUM)
A medieval term, now obsolete, for a ‘gonfanon’.

CONJECTURAL IMAGE (or FLAG)
See ‘reconstruction’.

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Two Conjectural/Reconstructed Images of the Bauceant (fotw)


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)’) and ‘interlaced’.

South Africa - Army flag South Africa - Army arms conjoined example conjoined example conjoined example conjoined example 
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.


CONOISSANSE
See ‘cognisance’ 2)’.

CONSECRATION
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’.

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


CONSTRUCTION SHEET
See ‘specification sheet’.

specification sheet
Construction/Specification Sheet for the National Ensign of Switzerland


CONSULAR (CONSULAR OFFICER’S or CONSUL’S) FLAG
See ‘diplomatic flags’.

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


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’, ‘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)


CONTOURNÉ
The heraldic term used when an animal is facing towards the sinister rather than the usual dexter - transversed.

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Example (Parker); Flag and Arms of Bergues, France (fotw & Wikipedia); Flag and Arms of Gothenburg (Sweden (fotw & Wikipedia)

Please note that this term has also been applied (by Scottish heraldic authority) to an inanimate charge turned towards the sinister, but that such use is unsupported by other sources.


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')."

converging burgee converging pennant converging masthead pennant

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

Notes
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’.

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


CONVOY FLAG
See ‘fanion 2)’.

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


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