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East Timor: flag proposal of 1967

Timor Português, Timor-Leste

Last modified: 2006-05-20 by antonio martins
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1967 proposal
image by António Martins, 13 Apr 2005
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Heraldist F. P. de Almeida Langhans published in p. 67 of his Armorial do Ultramar Português (Lisbon, 1965) [lgh65] a general model for the overseas “provinces”’ flags: The national flag defaced with the shield of the lesser arms of each province centered in the lower fly quarter of the red field. This proposal was aproved in 1967, but never come to effect. The colonial coats of arms, decreed on 8 May 1935, all had a shield of the same pattern, tierced in mantel, the dexter silver, five eschuteons, saltire, each charged with five bezants, gold, in cross; and the point silver, five waves green. The remaining sinister mantel had some local emblem. For East Timor this was gironny, silver over black, a fleur de lys cross counterchanged charged with one of the eschuteons.
António Martins , 8 Jul 1997

«Per gyronny sable and argent a cross fleury conterchanged» is the Dominican cross, chosen because the monks of this order were the ones who «established the locals’ obedience to Portugal». (This is on the sinister mantel, the one of three that would supposedly convey a symbolic references to the armigerous entity, while the dexter mantel and the point had identical elements, the former bearing Portugal ancien…)
António Martins, 05 Aug 2005