- PROCESSIONAL BANNER
- See ‘banner 3)’.
- See ‘royal proclamation’.
The Union Flag as Proclaimed in 1801 (eljko Heimer)
- The heraldic term used when a charge or figure is shown in its natural shape and colours, as
opposed to stylised heraldic colours or shapes see ‘aqua’, ‘carnation’, ‘cendrée’
Flag of Sousel, Portugal (fotw); Arms of Delaware, USA (fotw); Flag of
Dubrava, Croatia (fotw)
- 1) The relationship between the width and length of a flag, usually expressed
in that order that is, for example 1:2, but sometimes also in the reverse or 2:1
– the ratio or aspect ratio (see also dimensions',
- 2) The relative dimensions of two or more stripes or bands within a flag,
(whether disposed vertically horizontally or diagonally) - internal proportions
(see also ‘optical proportions’ and
- See ‘flag proposal’.
Proposal for the Flag of the Portuguese Colony of Cabo Verde, 1967 (fotw)
- PROTEST BANNER
- See ‘banner 3)’ (also
‘political flag 2)’).
- PROTEST FLAG
- A flag, as opposed to a banner as defined herein, that is specifically designed to express a popular sentiment
but see political flag’ and the note below (also ‘banner 3)’).
Flag of the Polish Independence Movement
Solidarity 1980s (fotw);
Flag of the Anti-European Movement, Iceland (fotw);
Aboriginal Protest Flag 1972, Australia (fotw).
Please note that protests often have a political motivation, and therefore, the difference between this and a political flag is often blurred.
- See ‘vexilloid 2)’.
- PROTOTYPE FLAG
- 1. A term which may be used to describe that flag which forms a basis for any subsequent design refinements before final adoption - see ‘model flag’.
- 2. See ‘vexilloid 2)’.
Flag of The Brabantine Revolution 1790 (fotw) and
National Flag of Belgium (as established 1831) (fotw)
Please note with regard to 1) that this is not an established term in the above context, but has been extended by the Editors since no established alternative could be found.
- A term proposed and recorded by W Smith in 1969 but never adopted, and originally
intended to describe an object that fulfils the function of a flag but which is not a
flag – see ‘vexilloid 1)’.
- PROVINCIAL ARMS (or COAT OF ARMS)
- 1) The arms of a territorial division within a country when that area is
called a province for example one of the provinces (regions) of Italy or of
Argentina (see also ‘coat of arms’,
‘provincial crown 1)
and ‘sub-national flag’).
2) In UK usage a colloquial term for the arms that relate to those areas which lie outside
the capital and its surrounding districts.
Arms of Chieti Province, Italy (fotw);
Arms of Chubut Province, Argentina (fotw);
Arms of The Isle of Wight, UK (fotw)
- PROVINCIAL CROWN
1) Specifically, the term – and an adaptation of the Italian corona per il titolo
di provincia – that may be used to describe a plain-topped coronet with crossed
branches (of foliage) running through it, which is seen on many Italian provincial
arms/gonfalone – an Italian provincial crown see provincial arms (also
‘gonfalon 1)’ and
2) Generically, the term may also be used to describe a coronet of any pattern,
when such appears ensigned above the arms of a province – see
Provincial Crown from the Arms and Gonfalon of Agrigento Province, Italy (Wikipedia)
- PROVINCIAL EMBLEM
- See ‘emblem, state, national,
provincial or royal’ and
Flag of Eyüp Province, Turkey (fotw);
Flag of Ağrı Province. Turkey (fotw)
- PROVINCIAL FLAG
- 1) See ‘sub-national flag
(also provincial arms 1) and provincial crown 1).
2) In UK usage a colloquial term for the flags that relate to those areas which lie outside the capital and its surrounding districts.
Flag of the
Chieti province, Italy (fotw);
; Flag of Chubut Province, Argentina (fotw);
Flag of The Isle of Wight, UK (fotw)
- PROVINCIAL WIMPEL (or PENNANT)
- In Scandinavian usage, a long, trapezoidal wimpel or pennant, usually in the relevant
provincial livery colours and often flown from domestic flagpoles to indicate that the owner
is in residence – a husband pennant - but see ‘wimpel 1)’
(also ‘livery colours’ and
The Provincial Wimpel of the Aland Islands (fotw)
- See ‘fictitious flag’ (also
Fictitious Soviet Naval Flag from the Film K19
- PULLDOWN (or PULL-DOWN)
- In US usage now increasingly obsolete, a flag (or bunting usually in flag colours) that is displayed flat against
a wall for decoration - an advertising pulldown (see also
Pulldowns: National Flag, Mourning and POW/MIA (fotw)
- See ‘sheaved block’.
- PUMPOUT ALERT (REQUEST or REQUIRED) PENNANT
- In US maritime, lake and inland waterway usage, the terms used for a pennant (of
regulated design and possibly made from non-flexible material), which may now be
displayed to indicate that a leisure vessel requires the waste disposal service
introduced by various Clean Vessel Acts – but see ‘pumpout flag’
Regulated Design of the Pumpout Alert Pennant (CS)
- PUMPOUT FLAG (or PENNANT)
- In US maritime, lake and inland waterway usage, the term for a flag or pennant
(of regulated design) that is flown in accordance with various Clean Vessel Acts to
indicate the location or availability of a toilet waste disposal service for leisure
vessels - see ‘clean marina flag’ and ‘pumpout alert pennant’.
Regulated Designs for the Pumpout Flag, Symbol and pennant (official website)
- PUNNING ARMS
- An alternative heraldic term for canting arms see canting.
Arms and Flag of Łódź (or boat), Poland (fotw)
- A heraldic term for the colour purple (see also
‘rule of tincture’).
- PUSHPIT FLAG STAFF
- A 19th Century term, now almost certainly obsolete, for the stern mounted ensign staff
of a sailing yacht (see also ‘ensign staff’).
Please note that pushpit (also called a stern pulpit) is nautical
slang for that railing which encloses the stern of a sailing yacht.
- PUTATIVE FLAG
- The term for a flag which is generally considered (or reputed to be or to have been) extant, but for which no definitive evidence exists
(see also ‘attributed flag’,
‘speculative flag’ and
Putative Flag of the Algarve 18th C, Portugal (fotw); Putative Banner of Arms of
Clare Hall College, UK (fotw).
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