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- A medieval term, now obsolete, for a
- CONFANONUM (or CONFARONUM)
- A medieval term, now obsolete, for a gonfanon.
- A basically heraldic term used when two or more symbols or elements from a coat of
arms are joined together to form the appearance of a united whole, as in the 1606
pattern of union jack (see also union jack 1) and
The 1606 Pattern of Union Flag, UK (CS)
Please note not to be confused with two sets of arms, or
elements from those arms, which are impaled by dimidiation see
'dimidiated' and following note.
- See cognisance.
- The usually religious ceremony at which a new military or other ceremonial colour is
dedicated a service of consecration (see also
colour 2) and parade flag).
- CONSTRUCTION SHEET
- See specification sheet.
- CONSULAR (CONSULAR OFFICERS or CONSULS) FLAG
- See diplomatic flags.
Consular Officers Flags Ashore and Afloat, UK (Graham Bartram)
- CONTINENTAL COLORS (or COLOURS)
- The first version of what later became the US national flag whose canton consisted
of the British 1606 pattern union jack rather than white stars on a blue field, and
in unofficial use from 1775 to 1777 the grand (or occasionally great) union,
or Cambridge flag
(see also Betsy Ross flag,
and stars and stripes).
The Continental Colors, US (fotw)
- See Appendix V.
- CONVENTIONAL FLAG
- See hoisted flag.
- CONVOY FLAG
- See fanion 2).
- 1) A length of decorative string or rope made from several twisted strands
with tassels at each end, generally made of silk (or a silk-like material) in
the livery or national colours (or gold/silver thread), simply knotted or tied
a bow at the centre and used to decorate a staff just below the finial (see also
national colours 2),
staff 2) and
- 2) As above but without tassels and used to finish the edges of a flag, usually
in the livery or national colours (or gold/silver thread).
- CORE FLAG
- The flag whose design forms the basis of other flags, or which inspired the
creation of other flags, with a typical example being the French tricolore (see
flag family, 'pan-African Colours',
'pan-Arab Colours' and 'pan-Slavic Colours').
- CORNET (or CORNETTE or CORNUTE)
- 1) In largely British maritime usage a term, now increasingly obsolete, for
a small triangular pennant (see also 'pennant 2)').
- 2) In largely British RN and some other usage a term, now almost wholly obsolete,
for a swallow-tailed flag, particularly a signal flag (see also
- 3) A 17th/18th Century generic term, now obsolete, referring to any small,
- 4) An alternative form of guidon, now obsolete, as being the distinguishing
flag of a cavalry regiment (see also guidon 2)).
- 5) A term, now obsolete, for lowest commissioned rank in the cavalry regiments
of some countries (including those of the UK), being that rank responsible for
carrying the regiments cornet or guidon.
- 1) Generically on flags, a crown without a curved bar across the top that
may be seen in a wide variety of shapes and circumstances
(see also antique crown,
crown, 'mural crown' and
- 2) Specifically on flags, the term may be used when a hereditary ruler is of a
lesser rank than that of crowned monarch - a princely or arch-ducal coronet (bonnet
or hat), or similar (see also electoral cap).
- 3) In English heraldry a crown without cross bar across the top as 1) above,
but also a symbol of nobility whose exact design is dependent upon the rank of
the person concerned (see also mantle).
Please note that the use of a cross-bar across the
top to indicate royal status and to differentiate between a crown and a coronet
is of comparatively recent date.
- CORPORATE FLAG
- The distinguishing flag of a shore based commercial concern as opposed to
that of merchant marine company (see also
house flag 1) and
Corporate Flag of Lufthansa, Germany (fotw)
- CORPORATION (or CORPORATE) BANNER
- In largely UK usage, a type of processional banner whose symbolism relates to the
corporate body of a town council or corporation, or to the community represented
see banner 3).
- COTTICED (or COTISED)
- 1) On flags, a term that may be used to describe the addition of one or more
narrow stripes or bands to an existing charge (such as a stripe or cross) but
which is separated from that charge by a strip of field.
- 2) In heraldry the term has a rather more restricted/complex use which is
briefly described in Appendix VII, however, it is
suggested that a suitable glossary or dictionary of heraldry should be
consulted for further details.
Naval Ensign of Ukraine (fotw)
- See Appendix V.
- COUNTERCHANGED (or COUNTER-CHANGED)
- (adj) A basically heraldic term used to describe two colours alternating either
side of a line or lines drawn through a flag or coat of arms or charge - parti-coloured
(see also charge,
coat of arms 2)
From left: counterchanged example; Flag of Greenland (CS); Flag of Maryland, USA (CS); Flag of Tubise, Belgium (Ivan Sache)
- COUNTY FLAG
- See sub-national flag (also
civic flag 2).
- 1) See Appendix V.
- 2) In heraldry, a term sometimes used when an ordinary does not extend to
the edges of a shield or banner of arms, for example a cross-couped (see also
Greek cross 2) and
- COURTESY FLAG
- That flag (normally, but not exclusively, the national flag of the country
being visited) flown from a prominent position on a merchant vessel as a matter
of courtesy when visiting a foreign port a complimentary flag (see also
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