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Badge and Flag of Dominica 1955 – 1965 (fotw): Flag of the Christlich-Soziale Union, Bavaria, Germany (fotw); Flag of Lista di Pietro - Italia dei Valori (fotw); Flag of L'Ulivo, Italy (fotw)
Please note that a gradient fill is not found in heraldry and is very rarely employed in classic flag design, but may be seen on some modern (particularly commercial and especially printed) flags.
Current Presidential Flag of France (fotw)
Royal Standard 1603 – 1649 1660 – 1668 and 1702 – 1707, England (fotw); Royal Banner 1700 – 1759, Spain (fotw); Standard of HM Queen Adelaide 1830 – 1849, UK (fotw); Standard of HM Queen Mary of Teck 1867 – 1953, UK (fotw)
Grand Union/Continental Colours 1775 – 1777, US (fotw)
Lesser Arms of the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg (fotw)
Flag of Ninotsminda, Georgia (fotw)
Please note that according to English heraldry the sizes of a great banner were originally as follows: that of an Emperor; six feet square, a King; five feet square. a Prince or Duke; four feet square, a Marquis, Earl, Viscount, Baron, and Knight-baronet; three feet square.
Standard of the Laird of Clan Arbuthnott (The Flag Center)
Great Star Patterns of 20, 26, 33 and 34 Stars (1818, 1837, 1859 and 1861), US (fotw)
The Great Union, UK (Martin Grieve); The Great/Grand Union 1775, US (fotw)
Please note with regard to 1) that this was an attempt to revive the pattern of union flag originally authorised in 1800, in that the white and red saltires are of even width with a fimbriation added, however, the fimbriation to the cross of St George was (due to an error in reading the blazon) mistakenly designed as too narrow.
Union flag as authorized in 1800, UK (Željko Heimer)
Greater Arms of Bremen, Germany and of Sweden (fotw)
Please note that the heraldic term for a charge of this type is “cross couped”
“cross humetty” as referenced above.
Example, Naval Jack, Greece (fotw); National Flag and Arms of Switzerland (fotw & Wikipedia); National Flag of Tonga (fotw)
Please note that the heraldic term for a charge of this type is “cross couped” or “cross humetty” as referenced above.
Green Flag Award flag, UK; Basic Design and Portuguese Variant (fotw and Official Website)
Flag of Villars le Grand, Switzerland (fotw): Arms and Flag of Kocierzew Południowy, Poland (fotw); Arms of Sulislav, Czech Republic (fotw); Flag of Malle, Belgium (fotw)
HEIC Flags, England c1600–1707; UK 1707–1801; UK 1801-1864 (fotw)
a) This flag was introduced as an ensign c1600 and worn as such outside home waters from c1676–1824, after which it was flown as a jack by vessels of the Bombay Marine until 1863.
b) Thirteen is the usual number of stripes shown, but that nine or eleven are occasionally seen in contemporary flag books.
c) Information suggests the existence of a gridiron flag bearing a Cross of St George overall (as illustrated below), and that it was worn by armed vessels of the HIEC, however, no further details can be confirmed at this present time.
Flag of the HIEC bearing a Cross of St George c1820 (fotw)
Arms and Flag of Pomeranian voivodship, Poland (fotw); Flag of Troms, Norway (fotw); Flag and Arms of Gryfice, Poland (fotw)
Arms and Flag of Jaraczewo, Poland (fotw)
Arms and Flag of Espadanedo, Portugal (fotw)
Please note that a grindstone can also be a wheel upon which knives etc. are sharpened, and that such an implement has not - as far as can be confirmed - yet appeared on flags.
Please note with regard to 1) that Lt (later Admiral) Edward Inglefield RN patented this system in 1890.
Flag and Arms of Negoslavci, Croatia (fotw)
Group Command Pennant, Spain (fotw)
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