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Dictionary of Vexillology: D (Department Pennant - Dexter Hoist)
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- DEPARTMENT PENNANT
- See ‘service pennant’.
Departmental/Service Pennant, Coastguard, Sweden (fotw)
- DEPARTMENTAL EMBLEM
- See ‘emblem military and governmental/departmental’ under ‘emblem’.
Emblem of British Railways 1949-1965 (fotw)
- DEPARTMENTAL (or DEPARTMENT) FLAG
- 1) The phrases used to describe the flag of a sub-national entity when that entity is
called a “department” – see ‘sub-national flag’.
2) These phrases can also represent the flag of administrative or clerical agencies within a
Flag of Vaucluse, France (fotw);
General Political Warfare Department 1958 1986, Taiwan (fotw);
Department of Budget and Management, The Philippines (fotw)
- 1) See ‘width 1)’.
- 2) See ‘width 3)’.
Example of 1); Flag of Baška, Croatia (fotw)
- (adj) A term used to describe a rounded (or lanceolate) fly into which a ‘V’ shaped notch
has been cut, and a shape often seen in UK cavalry guidons – cloven descate or
rounded swallowtail (see also
Guidon of the Metropolitan Police Mounted Branch, UK (fotw); Guidon of the Blues and Royals, UK (Graham Bartram/Željko Heimer)
Please note that in UK usage this pattern of flag/pennant is a direct development of the shape formerly carried by formations of cavalry
- see ‘chamfered swallow-tail’.
Guidon of the Royal Gloucestershire Yeomanry 1797, UK (fotw)
- DESCENDING DIAGONAL
- 1) The term for a diagonal stripe that runs from the upper hoist to the
lower fly, and is centred on the corners of the flag – a bend, falling
diagonal, hoist-diagonal, right diagonal or right diagonal bar - but see ‘bend’ and
Appendix IX (also
and ‘west-south diagonal’.
- 2) The term may also be used to describe the division line on a bicolour
divided diagonally per bend as shown below – see ‘per bend 1)’
(also ‘bicolour 1)’).
Flag of Utrecht, The Netherlands (fotw);
Flag of L-Imqabba, Malta (fotw);
Flag of Rašov, Czechia (fotw)
- 1) (v) To maliciously damage or mistreat a flag for political or other motives, or to use a flag in a way that is
considered disrespectful or inappropriate (see also ‘rules of respect’ and
- 2) See ‘disfigure’.
- DESIGNATING (OF HEADQUARTERS) FLAG
- See ‘headquarters flag 2)’.
Designating/Headquarters Flag of a Brigadier General, US Army (fotw)
- DESK FLAG (or DESK TOP FLAG)
- See ‘table flag’.
Desk/Table Flag of Gracišce, Croatia (fotw and CS)
- DESTINATION FLAG
- The term describing a custom whereby the flag of the country of destination
may be flown at the fore by a merchant ship or pleasure vessel
when about to sail (see also ‘fore’).
- 1) Originally a heraldic term for a temporary mark extra to the coat of arms
to distinguish those who entered the lists at tournaments, it now refers specifically
to the ‘motto (see ‘motto’).
- 2) The term used to describe those marks of difference that appear on English military
colours of the 17th Century (see also ‘stand 1)’ and
- 3) A term sometimes inaccurately applied to any charge, badge or emblem –
Major’s then First, Second and Third Captain’s Colours,
Westminster Liberty Regiment, London. England c1641 (fotw)
- The heraldic term for the right hand side of a flag or shield from the point
of view of the bearer, or the left hand side from the point of view of an observer
(see also ‘sinister’).
- DEXTER EDGE
- 1) With regard to a shield see ‘dexter’ above.
- 2) A term that may be used in describing the left hand facing edge of a banner or
gonfalon which is hung from a crossbar, and equivalent to the top edge of a conventionally
hoisted flag – the leading edge (see also
‘banner 2)’ and
- DEXTER HOIST (HOISTED or HOISTING)
- Rarely employed terms, but those that may be used when the obverse of a flag is depicted (or is
manufactured) with its hoist to the observer’s left in accordance with Western tradition –
left hoisted - see
(also ‘hoist 1)’,
National Flag of Moldova (fotw)
Please note, it is usually felt unnecessary to specify the dexter hoist since it is a default assumption
in most cases.
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