- 1) In British maritime (particularly RN) usage, now largely obsolete, a term
sometimes applied to the fly corners of a flag or ensign (see also ‘fly 1)’)
2) The term may also be employed (either in the singular or plural as appropriate) to
describe the fly of a triangular or swallow-tailed pennant.
- POINT OF HONOUR
- See ‘honour point’.
- POINTED (or POINTS)
- 1) In vexillology the term used to indicate the number of points on a star or
star-like charge, for example a five-pointed star or a star of five points – but see
‘rays 1)’ (also ‘star 1)’)
2) In heraldry see ‘point-in-point’.
- POINT-IN-POINT (or POINTED)
- A heraldic term for when the division of a shield forms a chevron usually embowed -
at its base - pointed or enty (see also
‘base’, ‘chevron 1)’,
‘quartering 1)’ and
Flag and Arms of North Rhine – Westphalia, Germany (CS)
- See ‘flag pole’.
- POLE MAST
- A flagpole that is straight and clear of any projections such as cross bars,
yards, or gaffs (see also ‘cross bar’,
‘gaff’ and ‘yard’).
Please note that this term was originally introduced
to describe a mast or masts on those steam vessels not equipped with an auxiliary
- POLICE FLAG (ENSIGN or PENNANT)
- A flag or ensign, different from the national/state flag or government ensign (or
a variant thereof) or a pennant, which specifically identifies the installations or
vessels of a country’s police service (see also
‘government ensign’ and
‘service ensign’ under
Police Flag, Italy (w); Police Flag,
Malta (fotw); Police Flag/Ensign,
Israel (fotw); Marine Police Pennant,
- POLITICAL FLAG
- 1) The flag, either official (formally adopted) or unofficial (spontaneously
displayed by supporters), of a political party or movement (see also
‘sash 2)’ and ‘tribal flag’).
- 2) A flag, as opposed to a banner as defined herein, that is specifically
designed to express a political or popular sentiment - a protest flag (see also
‘banner 3)’ and note below).
From left: African National Congress, RSA;
Međimurje Party, Croatia;
American Indian Movement, USA;
Communist Party, UK;
Polish Independence Movement Solidarity 1980’s (fotw)
Please note that, in both historical and/or contemporary terms,
a political flag and a trade union flag can often be very closely linked – see
‘trade union flag’.
- POLITICAL SASH
- See ‘sash 2)’.
Political Sash of the Women’s Suffragette Movement 1917, US
- A term sometimes used to indicate the pommel of a sword or dagger – but see
and following note (also ‘hafted’ and
- PORT EPEE
- See ‘dress knot’.
Officer’s Port Epee/Dress Knot, USN and USCG (marlowwhite.com)
- The term for a navigational chart of the 14th to the 16th Centuries, particularly showing
coastlines and ports and usually bearing illustrations of their arms and flags.
- PORTUGUESE TEMPLAR CROSS
- See ‘rounded cross’.
Arms and Flag of Outeiro Major, Portugal (Sérgio Horta)
- POSITION OF HONOUR (OR HONOR)
- The position in which the most senior flag, emblem or coat of arms – usually
a national flag, emblem or coat of arms - is to be placed - sometimes called
the place of honour. The particulars vary
slightly in detail, legal status and extent from country to country; however,
the general principles remain the same and are listed in
Appendix II (see also
‘rules of etiquette’ and
Please note – not to be confused with the honour point – see
- POSITIONAL FLAG
- 1) In US army usage, that flag which corresponds to a particular position
held, rather than to the rank of the officer who currently holds it – but see
‘appointment flag’ (also
‘rank flag 1)’).
- 2) See ‘distinguishing flag 1)’.
Army Surgeon General, US (fotw)
- POST FLAG
1) In US military usage, that size of national flag flown regularly over army and marine corps posts –
8.95 feet (2.72m) wide by 17 feet (5.18m) long for the army and 10 feet (3 m) wide by 19 feet (5.8 m) long
for the marine corps (see also ‘garrison flag’,
‘storm flag’ and
2) See ‘postal flag’.
Post/Postal Flag 1950 – 1994, Germany (fotw)
- POSTAL FLAG (ENSIGN or PENNANT)
- The distinguishing flag, ensign or pennant of a country’s postal services – a mail flag/pennant or post
flag/pennant (see also ‘air mail flag and
‘service ensign’ under ‘ensign’).
From left: Postal Flag, France (tw); Postal Flag and Ensign of Denmark (fotw);
Postal Flag and Ensign 1920 – 1939, Danzig (fotw); Postal Pennant, Poland (fotw); Royal Mail Pennant, UK (fotw)
- POSTAL (or POST) PENNANT
- See ‘postal flag’.
Post/Postal Pennant, Italy (fotw)
- A 16th/17th Century term for the formal flag waving expected of a colour bearer
for reasons of either bravado or dignity (see also
‘stand 1)’ and
- 1) The heraldic term for a fur that is shown as a series of crutch-shaped
charges and usually (but not exclusively) seen in blue on a white or silver
field (see also ‘ermine’,
furs in ‘Appendix III’, and
2) The term may also be used when the edge of an ordinary is shown with crutch-shaped
extensions – but see note below
(also ‘cross-potent’ in ‘Appendix VIII’ and
Example; Flag and Arms of Unhais-o-Velho, Portugal (Sérgio Horta)
Please note with regard to 2) that this term is never used alone, but always with the
ordinary being blazoned, for example a fess-potent as illustrated above’.
- POTENT CROSS
- See ‘cross potent’ in ‘appendix
Arms and Flag of Wielka Nieszawka, Poland (fotw)
- See ‘semé’ in ‘appendix
Banner of France c1200 – c1350 (fotw)
- POW-MIA (PRISONER OF WAR-MISSING IN ACTION) FLAG
- See ‘memorial flag 2)’.
POW-MIA Flag, US and Canada (fotw)