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Dictionary of Vexillology: T (Trade Union Banner - Tressure Fleury)
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- TRADE UNION BANNER
- See ‘banner 3)’.
- TRADE UNION FLAG
- A flag, as opposed to a banner as defined herein, that is representative of a trade union or an affiliation
of such unions (see also ‘banner 3)’).
Metal Industry Union, Germany (fotw); General Labour Confederation, Colombia (fotw); Union of Italian Trade (fotw)
Please note that, in both historical and/or contemporary terms, a trade
union flag and a political flag can often be very closely linked – see
‘political flag 2)’.
- 1) In UK military and some other usage, a term for marching with a colour
or flag dragging on the ground, or standing in that position, and is employed
as a mark of respect to the head of state at funerals or as a token of victory in a parade of captured
enemy colours – but see ‘vailing’
(also ‘dipping 1)’).
- 2) An uncommon method of saluting using a flag hoisted on a pole - the flag
is lowered until it just touches the ground for a few seconds, and then raised
smartly - practiced in some monarchies as a salute to a member of the royal family.
- TRAILING EDGE
- An alternative term for the sinister edge of a vertically hung banner or a gonfalon – see
‘sinister edge 2)’.
Please note, that this term has been introduced by the Editors as a vexillological
alternative to the heraldically derived "sinister edge".
- A medieval term, now obsolete, for a banner on a crossbar.
- The heraldic term used when a charge or animal has been pierced with an arrow, sword, lance or other
weapon (see also ‘pierced 2)’).
Flag of Wolfenschiessen, Switzerland (fotw); Flag and Arms of Lipnica, Poland (fotw);
Flag and Arms of Sencur, Slovenia
- In heraldry see ‘reversed 2)’.
- TRANSVERSANT (or TRANSVERSE)
- A heraldically derived term for when the charge on a flag is shown as being rotated 90
degrees from the position in which it is usually seen.
- In heraldry see ‘contourné’.
- TRAPEZOID (or TRAPEZIUM)
- 1) A charge similar to a triangle but with the apex squared, as in the flag of
Kuwait (see also ‘triangle’).
- 2) The term used to describe a triangular pennant whose apex is squared - a trapezoidal pennant (see also
‘numeral pennant’ and
National Flag of Kuwait (fotw); Pennant of the Yacht Racing Union of the Great Lakes, US (fotw)
- TRAPEZOIDAL PENNANT
- See ‘trapezoid 2)’.
Burgee of the Watersportvereniging Werkendam, The Netherlands (fotw)
- The heraldic term for a charge in the form of a stylized flower or plant with three
petals or leaves, and which is almost invariably shown bearing a stalk (see also
‘cross botonny’ and
From left: Flag of Mladenovac, Serbia;
Flag of Málkov, Czech Republic; Arms and Flag of
Trpinja, Croatia (fotw)
Please note that a cloverleaf and the traditional Irish emblem –
a shamrock – are also a trefoils.
Ensign and Burgee of the Royal North of Ireland Yacht Club (fotw)
- TREFOIL (or TREFLEE) CROSS
- In heraldry see ‘cross botonny’.
Flag and Arms of Boudevilliers, Switzerland (fotw
- The heraldic term used by some writers to describe a narrow single border inset
from the edges of a shield, banner of arms or a flag – but see ‘orle 1)’
and its following note (also ‘border’,
and ‘inset border’).
Flag of the Customs Administration, Turkey (fotw);
Cavalry Standard, Spain 1638 (fotw)
- TRESSURE FLEURY (or TRESSURE FLORY)
- In heraldry see ‘fleury’ and ‘tressure’ (also ‘double-tressure’).
Flag and Arms if Vang, Norway (Tomislav Šipek)
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