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Dictionary of Vexillology: A (Ascending Diagonal - Attributed Flag)

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ASCENDING DIAGONAL
1) The term for a diagonal stripe that runs from the lower hoist corner to the upper fly corner, and which centres on the corners of the flag – a bend sinister, rising diagonal, fly-diagonal, left diagonal or left diagonal bar - but see ‘bend sinister’ and ‘Appendix IX’ (also ‘east-west diagonal’, ‘north-east diagonal’, ‘north-south diagonal’, ‘south-east diagonal’, ‘south-north diagonal’, ‘west-east diagonal’ ‘west-north diagonal’ and ‘west-south diagonal’).
2) The term may also be used to describe the division line on a bicolour divided diagonally as shown below – but see ‘per bend sinister 1)’ (also ‘bicolour 1)’ and ‘descending diagonal’).

Tanzania Solomon Islands Acre, Brazil
National Flag of Tanzania (fotw); National Flag of the Solomon Islands (fotw); Flag of Acre, Brazil (fotw)


ASHOKA CHAKRA (or CHAKKRA)
See ‘chakra’.

Buddhist flag
Buddhist Flag, Thailand (fotw)


ASKLEPIAN (or ASKLEPIAN STAFF)
See ‘staff of asclepius’.

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


ASPECT RATIO
See ‘proportions’.

aspect ratio


ASYMMETRIC LEFT (or SINISTER) STEPPED
See ‘stepped gonfalon’.

stepped gonfalon


ASYMMETRIC RIGHT (or DEXTER) STEPPED
See ‘stepped gonfalon’.

stepped gonfalon


ASTRAL CROWN
In UK and some other usage, a coronet based on the naval model, but composed of wings and stars, and representative of the military air service (see also ‘coronet’ and ‘naval crown’).

 [astral crown example]  [astral crown example]  [astral crown example]
Officers Commanding in Chief RAF, UK (fotw); UK Pattern Astral Crown (Martin Grieve); Officers of Air Rank Commanding a Base RAAF, Australia (fotw)


ATHLETICS' (or ATHLETIC) CROSS
See ‘cross of athletics

[athletics cross example]
Flag of the Albis Steam Shipping Company 1897, Germany (fotw)


AT THE DIP
See ‘dip, at the

AT THE FORE
See ‘fore, at the

[at the fore example]
Flag of a Vice-Admiral 1864 - 1898, UK (fotw)


AT THE LEECH
See ‘leech’.

ensign from the leech


AT THE MAIN
See ‘main, at the

[at the fore example]
Flag of an Admiral c1850, Austria/Hungary (fame)


AT THE MASTHEAD
See ‘masthead, at the

AT THE MIZZEN
See ‘mizzen, at the

[at the fore example]
Flag of a Rear-Admiral 1864 - 1898, UK (fotw)


AT THE PEAK (or AT THE PEAK OF THE GAFF)
See ‘peak 1)’ (also ‘gaff’).

ensign from the peak


ATTIRE(S)
The heraldic term for an antler (or a pair or group of antlers) from a stag, when shown separately - but see ‘attired’ below.

Trzebiel, Poland Trzebiel, Poland Royal Standard of Württemberg 1816–1918 Royal Standard of Württemberg 1816–1918 Royal Standard of Württemberg 1816–1918
Arms and Ceremonial Flag of Trzebiel, Poland (fotw); Royal Standard of Württemberg 1894–1918, Germany (fotw); Flag and Arms of Srní, Czechia (fotw)


ATTIRED
The heraldic term used when the antlers of a stag, or the horns of some other animal – for example a goat – are shown in a different tincture from that of its body – accorné – see ‘attire’ above (also ‘armed 2)’, ‘beaked’, ‘gorged’, ‘jelloped’, ‘langued’, ‘membered’ and ‘tincture’).

Oland, Swede Oland, Swede Seleute, Switzerland Seleute, Switzerland Gävleborg, Sweden Gävleborg, Sweden
Flag and arms of Oland, Sweden (fotw & Wikipedia); Flag and Arms of Seleute, Switzerland (fotw & Wikipedia); Flag and Arms of Gävleborg, Sweden (fotw & Wikipedia)


ATTRIBUTED ARMS
The heraldic term for that coat of arms which was assigned to a person whose lifetime predated the introduction of heraldic symbolism, or for whom there is no evidence that any such arms were either granted or assumed (see also ‘attributed flag’).

atrributed arms
Attributed Arms of King Edward the Confessor 1042 – 1066, England (Wikipedia)


ATTRIBUTED FLAG
The term for a flag, or the illustration of such a flag, that is attributed to a particular historical person or entity, but for which no real evidence of actual use exists (see also ‘attributed arms’, ‘putative flag’, ‘reconstruction’ and ‘suppositious flag’).

attributed flag 
Attributed Flag of Macedonia 1921 – 1923 (Macedonian Documents)


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