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Dictionary of Vexillology: H (Hooch flag - Hussar Cut)

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HOOCH FLAG
In US military usage (particularly during the Vietnam War) the colloquial term for a small, entirely unofficial, company or unit flag.

HOOKED-CROSS
See ‘swastika’.

[honour point]
Flag of the National Socialist Front, Sweden (fotw)


HORIZONTAL BICOLOUR
See ‘bicolour 1)’ (also ‘bicolour 2)’ and ‘over’).

Niederösterreich, Austria
Civil Flag of Niederösterreich, Austria (fotw)


HORIZONTAL LATIN CROSS
See ‘off-centred cross2)’ and ‘Scandinavian cross’ (also ‘Latin cross’).

horizontal Latin cross - Stavropol
Flag of Stavropol, Russia (fotw)


HORIZONTAL MERIDIAN (or MEDIAN)
See ‘meridian’.

horizontal meridian


HORIZONTAL MULTI-STRIPE
See ‘multi-stripe’.

Aragon, Spain
Flag of Aragon, Spain (fotw)


HORIZONTAL TRIBAND
See ‘triband 1)’ and ‘triband 2)’.

Argentina Argentina
Flag of Argentina (fotw); Civil Flag of Nicaragua (fotw)


HORIZONTAL TRICOLOUR
See ‘tricolour 1)’ and ‘tricolour 2)’.

horizontal tricolour horizontal tricolour
National Flag of Croatia (fotw); National Flag of the Netherlands (fotw)


HORN
In heraldry see ‘bugle horn’.

horn horn
Flag and Arms of Troubky, Czech Republic (fotw & Wikipedia)


HORNED
In heraldry see ‘attired’.

[Mettembert] [Mettembert]
Flag and Arms of Mettembert, Switzerland (fotw & Wikipedia)


HORN OF PLENTY
See ‘cornucopia’.

Bakersfield seal Bakersfield
Seal and Flag of Bakersfield, US (wikipedia and fotw)


HORSE-HEAD SHIELD
The term sometimes used to describe a shield of the decorative, post-medieval type most often seen in Italian personal and civic heraldry but see note below - a ‘horse-head shield’.

 horse-head shield
The Arms of Messina, Italy (ita24)

Please note that several of the terms giving shields a national identity, as well as those describing a specific type, are still in the process of standardization, and that no consistent approach has thus far been identified.


HORSETAIL
A decoration for military flags, especially in China where it is usually red; made of real or simulated horsehair and is almost certainly descended from a Mongolian vexilloid (see also ‘tugh 1)’).

Please note that the standards of some former French cavalry units (notably the Spahis originally raised in North Africa) were also decorated by horsetails - see ‘toug’.


HORSETAIL STANDARD
See ‘tugh 1)’ and ‘toug’.

[horsetail standards]
Turkish Horsetail Standards (worldimages)


HOUSE FLAG (or HOUSE PENNANT)
1) The distinguishing flag or pennant of a merchant marine company flown at sea by ships owned or managed by that company, and from their headquarters on shore – a shipping or shipping company house flag or pennant (see also ‘flags and funnels’, ‘logo’ and ‘pennant 2)’).
2) See ‘corporate flag’.
3) The personal flag of the owner of a pleasure vessel or home – a private signal (see also ‘personal flag 2)’).
4) See ‘battle flag 2)’.

[houseflag example] [houseflag example] [houseflag example] [houseflag example]
From left: Black Diamond Co, Canada (fotw); Green and Co., US (fotw); Alaska Steamship Co, US (fotw); White Star Line, UK (fotw)


HOUSE MARK (or HOUSE BRAND)
In Continental usage the term, and a translation of the German hausmarken or housmarke, that may be used to describe the symbol or symbols used by non-armigerous tradesmen in place of a coat of arms a house brand or merchant mark (see also ‘armigerous’, ‘coat of arms 2)’ and ‘mark 2)’)

[house mark example] [house mark example] [house mark example] [house mark example] [house mark example] [house mark example]
Flag of Hiddensee Island, Germany (fotw); Arms and Banner of Bobenheim am Berg Germany (Wiki and fotw); Arms of Grantschen, Germany (Wiki); Banner Arms of Lamprechtshausen, Austria (fotw & Wikipedia).


HOUSEWIMPEL
See ‘house flag 1)’.

[house pennant example]
Housewinpel/House Pennant of The Blue Star Line, UK (fotw)

Please note that the correct term in English language vexillology is house pennant - see ‘wimpel’ and following note.


HUNTING HORN
In heraldry see ‘bugle horn’.

[hunting horn example] [hunting horn example]
Arms and Flag of Bilje, Croatia (fotw)


HURT
The heraldic term for a blue disc – a roundel azure (see also ‘bezant’, ‘plates’, ‘roundel 3)’ and ‘torteau’).

[hurt example]  [hurt example]  [hurt example]
Hurt example, Flag of Lenzburg, Switzerland (fotw); Flag of Salisbury, Rhodesia (Zimbabwe) 1939 – 1982 (fotw)

Please note that in strict English heraldic usage this term should only be applied when the charge described in blue (“azure”) – see ‘tinctures’.


HUSBAND PENNANT (or WIMPEL)
In Scandinavian (particularly Finnish) usage the colloquial term, and a direct translation of the Finnish “isännänviiri” or Swedish “husbondsvimpel”, used for a provincial wimpel – see ‘provincial wimpel’ (also ‘wimpel’).

[husband flag example]

Husband Pennant/Provincial Wimpel of Kainuu, Finland (fotw)
HUSSAR CUT
A variation of the swallow-tail in which the cut in the fly of the flag is shaped by several curves, and was formerly typical of the flags used by Prussian later German cavalry regiments (see also ‘descate’, ‘palm’, ‘guidon 2)’, ‘indentation(s)’, ‘rounded swallow-tail’ and ‘swallow-tail(ed)’).

[Hussar cut example] [Hussar cut example] [Hussar cut example]
2nd Hussar Regiment, Prussia c1740 (Klaus-Michael Schneider); Cavalry Guidons, Hamburg 1709 (fotw)


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