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Dictionary of Vexillology: I (Iberian Cross - Imperial War Ensign)
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- IBERIAN CROSS
- See ‘cross of calatrava’.
and Arms of Puebla de Don Rodrigo, Spain (fotw &
- See ‘mon 1)’ and its following note.
Ichikawa si, Japan (fotw)
- IMPALE (or IMPALED)
- 1) (v) In heraldry a term for the marshalling (or placing) of two sets of
arms side-by-side on a shield or banner of arms to indicate marriage or alliance
– empale (see also ‘banner of arms’, ‘coat of arms 2)’,
‘escutcheon of pretence 2),
‘quarter the arms’ and
- 2) (v) On flags as above, but the images placed on a flag need not be arms
as defined herein.
- 3) A term sometimes incorrectly used in place of transfixed - see ‘transfixed’.
Former Flag of Overasselt, The Netherlands (fotw); Banner of the Arms of The
Orkneys, UK (fotw); NY and NJ Port Authority, US (fotw);
Command Flag of a General at Sea c1650, England (fotw)
- IMPALE(D) BY DIMIDIATION
- In heraldry see ‘dimidiated’ and following note
(also ‘impale 1)’).
Flag and Arms of Wodzisław Śląski, Poland (fotw);
Flag of Lehe, Germany (fotw)
- A term sometimes used in blazoning to describe a charge which is apparently suspended without support – a term (as far as can be discovered) not known in English heraldry.
Arms and Flag of Ostholstein, Germany (fotw); Arms and Flag of
Atalaia, Portugal (fotw)
- IMPERIAL ARMS
- The arms that represent an empire and its ruler - a type now entirely obsolete - but see ‘imperial emblem’
(also ‘imperial standard(s) 1)’ and ‘royal arms’).
Lesser Imperial Arms, Austria 1915 – 1918 (fotw);
Middle Imperial Arms, Austria-Hungary 1915 – 1918 (fotw);
Imperial Arms, Brazil 1822 – 1889 (fotw);
Imperial Arms, Mexico 1864 – 1867 (fotw
- IMPERIAL BROAD PENNANT
- See ‘broad pennant 4)’.
Tsar’s Broad Pennant until 1917, Russia (fotw)
- IMPERIAL DRAGON FLAG
- The term for one of several varying designs of flag used in Imperial
China up to 1912 (see also ‘dragon flag
Chinese Imperial Dragon Flags c1890 (fotw
and Ben Cahoon)
- IMPERIAL EMBLEM
- That emblem, now increasingly (but not entirely) obsolete, which represents an emperor –
see ‘imperial arms’
(also ‘imperial standard(s) 1)’,
‘mon 2)’ and
Imperial Emblem (mon), Japan (Wikipedia); Imperial Emblem 1934 - 1945, Manchukuo (Wikipedia)
- IMPERIAL FLAG(S)
- 1) See ‘imperial standard(s) 1)’ and ‘imperial standard(s)
- 2) In the plural and in increasingly (but not entirely) obsolete usage, a general heading under which all the flags, standards and banners relating to an emperor, or to the imperial family of any particular country or countries are listed (see also ‘royal flag(s) 2)’).
Standard of HIH The Crown Prince 1872 – 1919,
Germany (fotw); Standard of HIM The Empress 1894 - 1917,
Austria-Hungary (fotw); Standard of HIM
The Emperor 1852 – 1870, France (fotw); Standard of HIM The Empress, Japan
- IMPERIAL STANDARD(S)
- 1) That flag, now increasingly (but not entirely) obsolete, which signifies the presence and/or authority of an emperor (see also
‘imperial flag(s) 2)’,
‘mon 2)’ and
- 2) In the plural and in increasingly (but not entirely) obsolete usage, a term sometimes applied to the flags flown by other members of an imperial family – the empress’s, crown prince’s/prince imperial’s standard etc.
Imperial Standard 1890 – 1918, Germany (fotw);
Imperial Standard for Use Ashore 1858 – 1917, Russia (fotw);
Imperial Standard, Japan (fotw);
Imperial Standard c1880, China (fotw)
- IMPERIAL WAR ENSIGN (or IMPERIAL WAR FLAG)
- Direct translations of the German term Kaiserliche Kriegsflagge, and referring to the war ensigns in use from 1871
– 1919 – see ‘war flag 1)’ and ‘war flag 2)’ (also ‘state war flag’).
Kaiserliche Kriegsflaggen/Imperial War Ensigns of German 1871-1892,
1892-1903 and 1903–1919 (fotw)
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