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Dictionary of Vexillology: R (Rod of Asclepius - Rowel)

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ROD OF ASCLEPIUS
See ‘Staff of Asclepius’.

Asklepian Asklepian
Flag and Emblem of the 52nd Field Ambulance, Canada (fotw)


ROD OF HERMES (or MERCURY)
See ‘caduceus’.

[rod of Hermes example]
Flag of Holwerd, Netherlands (fotw)


ROGACINA
In Middle European heraldic usage, the Polish term for a charge in the form of a stylized arrowhead or spear point, often with a decorated shaft and generally (but not invariably) pointing upward (see also ‘arrow cross’, ‘shafted’ and ‘barbed’).

ceremonial flag - Cieszków, Poland arms - Cieszków, Poland flag - Baranów, Poland flag - Baranów, Poland arms Ropczyce-Sedziszow, Poland flag - Ropczyce-Sedziszow, Poland
Ceremonial Flag and Arms of Cieszków, Poland (fotw); Flag and Arms of Baranów, Poland (fotw): Arms and Flag of Ropczyce-Sedziszow, Poland (fotw)


ROPE GROMMET
In naval heraldry the rope decoration that often surrounds a ship’s badge – traditionally but incorrectly referred to as a ship’s crest – see ‘ship’s crest’ (also ‘badge 3)’ and ‘ropework border’).

rope grommet rope grommet
Badge of HMS Warspite, Launched 1913 (Wikipedia); Badge of HMS Dartmouth, Britannia Royal Naval College, Dartmouth (Wikipedia)


ROPED CROSS
1) A cross of any type, but one whose arms appear fastened together with rope – a cable, cabled or corded cross (see also ‘cross 2)’).
2) The term may also be used to describe a cross that is made entirely from rope, cord or cabling.

Roped cross Roped cross Roped cross Roped cross
Examples (Seiyaku.com); Flag and Arms of Svatý Jan pod Skalou, Czech Republic (fotw)


ROPED HEADING
See ‘running eye and toggle’.
ROPEWORK BORDER
A term used to describe the border of those shields that appear on the Italian civil and naval ensigns - see ‘civil ensign’ and ‘naval ensign’ under ‘ensign’ (also ‘rope grommet’ and ‘tricolore, la’).

[ropework border example] [ropework border example] [ropework border example]
Naval Ensign and Arms, plus Civil Ensign Italy (fotw and wiki)


ROSETTE
In Norwegian heraldic usage an alternative term to in annulo - see ‘inannulo’.

[rosette example] [rosette example] [rosette example] [rosette example]
Flag and Arms of Selbu, Norway (fotw); Flag and Arms of Tingvoll, Norway (Tomislav Šipek)


ROTATED
The term used when an emblem, badge, set of armorial bearings or any part thereof is turned so that it appears upright in a flag intended for vertical (or occasionally oblique) display - but see ‘design for slanted display’ (also ‘armorial bearings’, ‘badge’, ‘emblem’ and ‘hanging flag’).
Montserrat  Montserrat rotated
Vietnam  Vietnam rotated
Flags for Horizontal and Vertical Display, Montserrat (fotw and CS); Flags for Horizontal and Vertical Display, Vietnam (fotw and CS)

ROTATED SQUARE
See ‘square lozenge’.

[rotated square example]
Flag of Tremelo, Belgium (fotw)


ROTATIONAL POSITION
See ‘radial orientation’.

Johore
Flag of Johore, Malaysia (fotw)


ROUND-BOTTOMED SHIELD
1) See ‘Spanish-style shield’.
2) The term may also be used for a shield whose base is semi-circular but whose sides are not parallel.

round-bottomed shield round-bottomed shield

Arms of Braga, Portugal (fotw); Arms of Čebín, Czech Republic (fotw)


ROUNDED CROSS
A form of the cross pattée in which the outer ends are in the form of a convex arc (as if the charge was created from a circle) – an orbicular cross, a Cross of the Portuguese Knights Templar, a Templar Cross, a cross pattée/formy rounded or a consecration cross – see ‘cross pattée’ (also ‘bauceant’).

Agistri, Greece Pacos de Ferreira, Portugal Pacos de Ferreira, Portigal Outeiro Major, Portugal Outeiro Major, Portigal
Flag of Agistri, Greece (fotw); Arms and Flag of Pacos de Ferreira, Portugal (ICH and fotw); Arms and Flag of Outeiro Major, Portugal (Sérgio Horta)


ROUNDED FLY
See ‘lanceolate

Leśna, Poland
Flag of Leśna, Poland (fotw)


ROUNDED SWALLOWTAIL
1) See ‘descate’.
2) A variation of the swallow-tail in which the cut in the fly of the flag is shaped by a single curve – but see ‘hussar cut’ (also ‘swallow-tail(ed)’).

[cloven descate example] [hussar cut example]
Guidon of the Metropolitan Police Mounted Branch, UK (fotw)); Guidon of the 2nd Dragoon Regiment, Prussia c1740 (Klaus-Michael Schneider)


ROUNDEL
1) A circular emblem of nationality employed on the fuselage and wings of military aircraft and on some Air Force flags - generally (but not exclusively) consisting of concentric rings of the national colours and based on the cockade (see also ‘aircraft marking(s)’, ‘cockade 2)’, ‘fin flash’ and ‘national colours 2’). See supplemental note
2) See ‘fuselage markings 1)’ and ‘wing marking(s) 1)’.
3) The heraldic term for a disc (see also ‘bezant’, ‘hurt’, ‘plates’ and ‘torteau’).

Argentina Columbia Colombia Morocco Japan example Apples, Switzerland
From left: Aircraft roundels: Argentina; Belgium; Colombia; Morocco (fotw); Example; flag of Apples, Switzerland (fotw)


ROUNDEL ARGENT
In heraldry see ‘plates’.

example


ROUNDEL AZURE
In heraldry see hurt’.

example


ROUNDEL BARRY WAVY
In heraldry see fountain 1)’.

example
Example (Parker)


ROUNDEL GULES
In heraldry see torteau’.

example


ROUNDEL OR
In heraldry see bezant’.

example


ROUNDEL VERT
In heraldry see ‘pomme(s)’.

pomme


ROWEL
The heraldic term for a mullet or star-like charge that usually (but not exclusively) has with five or six radiating points, but which is pierced in its centre and is meant to represent the rowel of a spur – a spur rowel or pierced mullet – but see mullet (also ‘pierced 2)’ and ‘star 1)’.

Rowel Heinenoord Macedo de Cavaleiros Macedo de Cavaleiros
Example; Heinenoord, The Netherlands (fotw); Arms and Flag of Macedo de Cavaleiros, Portugal (fotw)

Please note, we suggest that a glossary or dictionary of heraldry be consulted regarding use of the terms given above.


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