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Dictionary of Vexillology: H (Hooch flag - Hussar Cut)
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In US military usage (particularly during the Vietnam War) the colloquial term for
a small, entirely unofficial, company or unit flag.
Flag of the National Socialist Front, Sweden (fotw)
See ‘bicolour 1)’
and ‘bicolour 2)’ (also
Civil Flag of Niederösterreich, Austria (fotw); Naval Jack of
HORIZONTAL LATIN CROSS
See ‘off-centred cross2)’ and
(also ‘Latin cross’).
Flag of Domingos Martins, Brazil (fotw); Flag of the
Aland Islands (fotw)
HORIZONTAL MERIDIAN (or MEDIAN)
Flag of Aragon, Spain (fotw); Flag of
Comarca de l'Alt Empordà, Spain (fotw)
See ‘triband 1)’ and ‘triband 2)’.
National Flag of Argentina (fotw); Civil Flag of
See ‘tricolour 1)’ and ‘tricolour 2)’.
National Flag of Croatia (fotw); National Flag of the Netherlands (fotw)
1) Concerning a musical instrument in heraldry see ‘bugle horn’.
2) Concerning an animal in heraldry see ‘attire(s)’.
Flag and Arms of Troubky, Czechia (fotw &
Flag and Arms of Trzebiel, Poland (fotw)
In heraldry see ‘attired’.
Flag and Arms of Mettembert, Switzerland (fotw
HORN OF PLENTY
Seal and Flag of
Bakersfield, US (wikipedia and fotw)
The term sometimes used to describe a shield of the decorative,
post-medieval type most often seen in Italian personal and civic heraldry but
see note below - an ‘Italian shield’.
The Arms of Messina, Italy (ita24)
Please note that several of the terms giving shields a national identity, as well as those describing a specific type, are still in the process of
standardization, and that no consistent approach has thus far been identified.
1) In heraldry a charge that, unless blazoned otherwise should always be shown with its open ends
downward – a fer-de-cheval see also ‘blazon’).
2) In vexillology a charge, sometimes undetailed, that has no specific orientation.
Flag and Arms of Poczesna, Poland (fotw);
Flag of Rutland, UK (fotw);
Arms of Vale de Salgueiro, Portugal (fotw);
Flag of Dribin, Belarus (fotw)
A decoration for military flags, especially in China where it is usually red;
made of real or simulated horsehair and is almost certainly descended from a
Mongolian vexilloid (see also ‘tugh 1)’).
Please note that the standards of some former French
cavalry units (notably the Spahis originally raised in North Africa) were also
decorated by horsetails - see ‘toug’.
See ‘tugh 1)’ and
Turkish Horsetail Standards
HOUSE FLAG (or HOUSE PENNANT)
1) The distinguishing flag or pennant of a merchant marine company flown at sea by ships
owned or managed by that company, and from their headquarters on shore – a
shipping or shipping company house flag or pennant (see also ‘flags and funnels’,
‘pennant 2)’) and
2) See ‘corporate flag’.
3) The personal flag of the owner of a pleasure vessel or home – a private
signal (see also ‘personal flag 2)’).
4) See ‘battle flag 2)’.
Black Diamond Co, Canada (fotw);
Green and Co., US (fotw);
Alaska Steamship Co., US (fotw);
White Star Line, UK (fotw)
HOUSE MARK (or HOUSE BRAND)
In Continental usage the term, and a translation of the German hausmarken or
housmarke, that may be used to describe the symbol or symbols used by non-armigerous
tradesmen in place of a coat of arms – a house brand or merchant mark (see also
‘coat of arms 2)’ and
Flag and Arms of Hiddensee Island, Germany (fotw &
Wikipedia); Arms of
Bobenheim am Berg Germany (Wikipedia); Arms of
Grantschen, Germany (Wikipedia); Arms of
Lamprechtshausen, Austria (Wikipedia).
See ‘house flag 1)’.
Housewinpel/House Pennant of The Blue Star Line, UK (fotw)
Please note that the correct term in English language vexillology
is house pennant - see ‘wimpel’ and following note.
In heraldry see ‘bugle horn’.
Arms and Flag of Bilje, Croatia (fotw)
The heraldic term for a blue disc – a roundel azure (see also
‘roundel 3)’ and
Hurt example, Flag of Lenzburg, Switzerland (fotw); Flag of Salisbury, Rhodesia (Zimbabwe) 1939 – 1982 (fotw)
Please note that in strict English heraldic usage this term should only be applied when the charge described in blue (“azure”) – see ‘tinctures’.
HUSBAND PENNANT (or WIMPEL)
In Scandinavian (particularly Finnish) usage the colloquial term, and a direct translation
of the Finnish “isännänviiri” or Swedish “husbondsvimpel”, used for a provincial wimpel – see
Husband Pennant/Provincial Wimpel of Kainuu, Finland (fotw)
A variation of the swallow-tail in which the cut in the fly of the flag is
shaped by several curves, and was formerly typical of the flags used by
Prussian later German
cavalry regiments (see also
‘indentation(s)’, ‘rounded swallow-tail’ and
2nd Hussar Regiment, Prussia c1740 (fotw);
Cavalry Guidons, Hamburg 1709 (fotw)
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