- BANNER ROLL
- An 18th Century corruption, now obsolete, of the equally obsolete term bannerole
Please note, it is suggested by one source that this term could also apply to a roll or scroll
- BANNER TOP
- See ‘finial’ (also supplementary note)
Please note that the Editors consider this term to be both contradictory and confusing, and suggest therefore, considerable caution before use.
- 1) A term sometimes used to describe a miniature banner; this is often (but
by no means invariably) straight-sided and triangular ended or swallow-tailed, is designed to be displayed
vertically and usually shows emblems of either national and local significance (see
‘emblem, general’, ‘table flag’ and
- 2) A medieval term, now obsolete, for a knight entitled to lead men into
battle – a knight banneret – whose armigerous lance pennon was square-ended, or for the group of knights so lead –
a banneretus (see also
‘lance pennon 1)’
Table Flag/Banneret of Čađavica, Croatia (fotw);
Lance Pennon of Sir Robert Knolles. Knight Banneret c1360, England
- BANNERETTE (or BANERETTE)
- 1) A small ceremonial banner decorating a set of bagpipes, a drum or a trumpet
– a drum banner, pipe banner or a trumpet banner or tabard (see also
- 2) See ‘banner 3’.
7th Duke of Edinburgh’s Own Gurkha Rifles,
- A medieval term, now obsolete, for a banneret (see
- See ‘bannerhead’.
Banner of Bad Westernkotten, Germany
- The term - and a direct translation of the German "bannerhaupt" -
in German language vexillology - to describe the plain area of field that may appear at the head of a hanging flag or a banner
and almost invariably bearing a civic or regional coat of arms (see also
‘hanging flag’ and
Hanging Flag of Frankfurt am Main, Germany (fotw);
Hanging Flag of Fürstenfeldbruck, Germany (fotw);
Banner of Ludwigshafen, Germany (fotw)
- 1) In largely Scottish usage a term, now obsolete, for one who bears a standard.
- 2) An originally 17th century term, now obsolete, for a Chinese soldier
belonging to one of the eight “banners” (or divisions) of the Manchu army
(see also ‘banner 7)’).
- BANNEROLE (or BANNEROL)
- The term, now obsolete, for a small flag (usually three feet - 91 cm - square) that displayed a
single quartering from a deceased person’s coat of arms for use at that person’s
funeral – a banner roll (see also ‘achievement of arms 2)‘,
‘banner of arms’, ‘canton 3)’,
‘coat of arms’,
Bannerole (or single quartering) from the Arms of the 4th Duke of Buccleuch d1687
Please note - not be confused with banderole (see
- 1) The heraldic term for a horizontal stripe that is rarely borne singly,
and which in strict heraldic practice should occupy about one-fifth the width
of a shield, a banner of arms or any quartering thereof – but see note b)
and compare with ‘fess’ (also
2) In vexillology see ‘stripe(s)’.
3) In UK military usage and in some others, the metal clasp which is added to a medal ribbon to indicate a second award of that same medal, or the battle, campaign or reason for its award.
Examples; Flag of Chicago, US (fotw)
a) In vexillology a fess and a bar are regarded as almost synonymous.
b) With regard to 1), in strict heraldic usage there is a size difference between
a bar and a fess (as listed herein), and that a fess should be confined to the centreline of the field
whereas a bar or bars need not.
- 1) The heraldic term used when describing the leaves of a rose - but see ‘seeded’ and its following note (also
2) A heraldic term
also used to describe the metal point of an arrow
or of a spear, particularly when these are of a different tincture - but see ‘shafted’ (also ‘hafted’,
Flag of Yorkshire, UK (fotw);
Flag of Dalecarlia, Sweden (Wikipedia);
Flag of Haguenau, France (fotw)
Please note that this term is sometimes also applied to the thorns found on the stem of a rose.
- BAR CROSS
- An accurate but seldom used translation (balken meaning a “balk, “bar” or “beam” of
wood) of the German term balkenkreuz - see ‘balkenkreuz’.
- BARGE FLAG
- 1) In UK usage, one of a number of varying flags (usually a banner of arms)
which are flown from the ceremonial barges of London’s livery companies (see
also ‘banner of arms’)
‘boat flag 3)’ and the note
Barge Flag/Banner of Arms of The Worshipful Company of Fletchers, London UK
Please note that in British RN and some other usage, the small boat carrying a vessel’s
commander, or a flag officer, is called the captain’s, commodore’s or admiral’s “barge”, but
that any rank flag or ensign flown from it is invariably called a “boat” flag as referenced
- BARGEMAN’S ASSOCIATION DISPLAY MAST
- See ‘sailor's mast’.
- BAROQUE CARTOUCHE
- See ‘cartouche’.
Flag and Arms of Labin, Croatia (fotw)
- BAROQUE SHIELD
- A term sometimes used to describe an elaborately designed shield of the post-medieval
type – but see ‘renaissance shield’
Arms of Kemmern, Germany (Wikipedia);
Flag of León, Spain (fotw);
Arms of Kraftisried, Germany (Wikipedia)
Please note that several of the terms describing a specific type of shield are still in the process of standardization, and that no consistent approach has thus far been identified.
- BARRULET (BARRELET, BARRULY or BARRULLY)
- Alternative heraldic terms for a narrow horizontal stripe that is rarely borne singly, which is often
to be seen as a barrulet wavy and which in strict heraldic practice should occupy one-quarter the
width of a bar or about one-twentieth the width of a shield, a banner of arms or any quartering
thereof – a barrelet, barrully or bracelet (see also
‘barry’, ‘filet’ and
Flag of Terradillos de Sedano, Spain (fotw);
Flag of Winsen upon Aller, Germany (fotw)
- BARRULET (BARRELET, BARRULY or BRACELET) WAVY
- In heraldry see ‘barrulet’.
Flag of Kreis Rheinwald, Switzerland (fotw)
- The heraldic term for the division of a shield, a banner of arms or any quartering
thereof, into four or more usually (but not invariably) equal horizontal stripes in
alternating tinctures – but see
‘barry wavy’ and
(also ‘banner of arms’, ‘bar’, ‘barrulet’,
‘bar’, ‘quartering 1)’ and
Civil Ensign of Luxembourg (fotw);
Example; Flag of Il-Marsa, Malta (fotw)
- BARRY WAVY
- The heraldic term used to describe a series of wavy stripes, often (but not
invariably) in azure and argent to represent running water – but see
Flag of Zeeland, The Netherlands (fotw);
Flag of Trogir, Croatia (fotw);
Flag of St Paul’s Bay, Malta (fotw)
- BAR SINISTER
- This term, supposedly indicating illegitimacy, is a nineteenth century invention – for the correct heraldic phrase see ‘baton sinister’.
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