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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, German General Labour Confederation, Columbia Union of Italian Trade
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)’.


TRAILING
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)’.

trailing edge

Please note, that this term has been introduced by the Editors as a vexillological alternative to the heraldically derived "sinister edge".


TRANSARTAT
A medieval term, now obsolete, for a banner on a crossbar.

TRANSFIXED
The heraldic term used when a charge or animal has been pierced with an arrow, sword, lance or other weapon (see also ‘pierced 2)’).

Wolfenschiessen, Switzerland flag of Lipnica, Poland arms of Lipnica, Poland flag of Sencur, Slovenia arms of Sencur, Slovenia
Flag of Wolfenschiessen, Switzerland (fotw); Flag and Arms of Lipnica, Poland (fotw); Flag and Arms of Sencur, Slovenia


TRANSPOSED
In heraldry see ‘reversed 2)’.

transposed example


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.

[transversant cross example] [transversant shield example]


TRANSVERSED
In heraldry see ‘contourné’.

[transversed example]
Example (Parker)


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 ‘code pennant’, ‘numeral pennant’ and ‘pennant 2)’.

[Kuwait - Trapezium example] Yacht Racing Union of the Great Lakes US
National Flag of Kuwait (fotw); Pennant of the Yacht Racing Union of the Great Lakes, US (fotw)


TRAPEZOIDAL PENNANT
See ‘trapezoid 2)’.

[Kuwait - Trapezium example]
Burgee of the Watersportvereniging Werkendam, The Netherlands (fotw)


TREFOIL
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 ‘cinquefoil’, ‘cloverstems’, ‘cross botonny’ and ‘quatrefoil’)

Mladenovac Serbia Malkov Czech Republic Trpinja Croatia Trpinja Croatia
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.

trefoil shamrock  trefoil shamrock
Ensign and Burgee of the Royal North of Ireland Yacht Club (fotw)


TREFOIL (or TREFLEE) CROSS
In heraldry see ‘cross botonny’.

[trefoil cross flag] [trefoil cross flag]
Flag and Arms of Boudevilliers, Switzerland (fotw & Wikipedia)


TRESSURE
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’, ‘double-tressure’ and ‘inset border’).

Turkey customs Turkey customs
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’).

Turkey customs Turkey customs
Flag and Arms if Vang, Norway (Tomislav Šipek)


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