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Dictionary of Vexillology: T (Tab - Teutonic Cross)

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TAB
A small piece of leather sewn into the sleeve of a flag fastened to a screw head protruding from the staff, and designed to keep an indoor flag, parade flag or military colour from slipping (see also ‘colour 2)’ and ‘sleeve 2)’).

Please note that this is an alternative to a grommet and clip or decorative nails as methods of fixing a parade flag or military colour to its staff. It should be noted also however, that the practice of tying a parade flag or military colour to its staff, or affixing it with metal rings, is not entirely obsolete (see also ‘ties’).


TABARD
1) In US army usage, a trumpet banner - see ‘bannerette’.
2) The formal surcoat worn by a herald on ceremonial occasions, and emblazoned with those arms appropriate to the particular office involved (see also ‘coat of arms 2)’).

[tabards]
Court of Lord Lyon King of Arms, Scotland (International Heraldry)


TABLE FLAG (or TABLETOP FLAG)
A small flag, frequently mounted on a cross bar whose staff and stand make it suitable for display on a desk or podium – a desk flag (see also ‘flaglet’ and ‘handwaver’).

[table flag example]
Table Flag of Gračišće, Croatia (fotw and CS)


TACK
1. The nautical term for a line which is spliced into (or attached to) a grommet or eyelet at the foot of a flag’s hoist for securing it to its halyard (see also ‘grommet 1)’, ‘halyard’, ‘hoist 2)’, ‘Inglefield clips’, ‘splice’ and ‘tackline’).
2. A term for the lower hoist corner of a flag (see also ‘hoist 2)’).

TACK PIN
See ‘belaying pin’.

Belaying pin example
Tack/Belaying Pins (Wikipedia)


TACKLINE
A nautical term for a length of halyard fitted with Inglefield clips at both ends which is used to separate different signal hoists on the same halyard (see also ‘halyard’, ‘hoist 2)’ ‘Inglefield clips’ and 'tack').

TAIL(S)
See ‘tongue(s)’.

[tail example]
Flag of Cerovo, Slovakia (fotw)


TAKBIR
A term for the Arabic inscription Allahu Akbar or “God is Great” that has appeared on several Arab Flags and can currently be seen on those of Iran and Iraq (see also ‘shahada’ and ‘zulficar’).

[Iraq - Takbir example] [Iran - Takbir example] [Waziristan Resistance Movement - Takbir example]
National Flag of Iraq (official website); National Flag of Iran (fotw); Flag of the Waziristan Resistance Movement c1930, Pakistan (fotw)


TALONED
See ‘armed’ (also ‘membered’).

[taloned example] [taloned example]
Arms and Flag of Brandenburg, Germany (fotw)


TANGLE ROD
A metal implement attached to a flagpole (particularly one set at an angle from a building) that clasps a flag and prevents it wrapping itself around the pole (see also ‘flag pole’, ‘flag spreader’, ‘outrigger pole’ and ‘weighted fly’).

TANZENSPITZKREUZ
The German term for a “Latin cross fitchy” – see ‘cross fitchy’ and ‘Latin cross’ in ‘Appendix VIII’.

[Tanzenspitzkreuz example] 


TAPERED SWALLOWTAIL
See ‘broad command pennant’, ‘burgee 1)’, ‘burgee 2)’ and ‘burgee command pennant’.

[tapered swallowtail] [tapered swallowtail] [tapered swallowtail]
Broad Command Pennant, USN (sea flags); Bourne Yacht Club, US (fotw); Burgee Command Pennant, USN (sea flags)

Please note that (in addition to the references given above) this term may also be applied to the flag of the state of Ohio or to the broad pennant – see ‘broad pennant 1)’.

[Ohio]  [tapered swallowtail]
Flag of the State of Ohio, US (fotw); Commodore’s Broad Pennant, Norway (fotw)


TASSELS
A decoration of twisted fabric or metal, often surrounding a wooden core and hanging from a cord, attached to a staff or directly onto a flag – especially a colour or parade flag (see also ‘colour 2)’, ‘cord(s) 1)’, ‘lanyard 1)’ and ‘parade flag 2)’).

[tassels]
Ceremonial Flag of Abedim-Moncao (detail), Portugal (fisisco)


TATZENKREUZ
See ‘cross pattée’ in ‘appendix VIII

[Tatzenkreuz example] 


TAU CROSS
See ‘cross tau’ in ‘appendix VIII’.

[tau cross flag]
Flag of L’Albiol, Spain (fotw)


TELEGRAPH FLAG
In British RN usage now obsolete, the flag invented by Admiral Popham and raised prior to a signal hoist to indicate whether the following flags were to be deciphered using a signal book or by his vocabulary code (see also ‘code pennant’, 'preparative' and ‘signal flag’).

[telegraph flag]
Telegraph Flag in Popham’s Code

Please note that it remains unclear whether the telegraph flag in Popham’s Code was divided per bend, or per bend sinister as illustrated above, or indeed, whether any such a distinction was observed in use.


TELEGRAPHING
See 'semaphore 2)'.

TEMPLATE FLAG
See ‘archivexillum’.

[template flag - Berlin] [template flag - Berlin] [template flag - Berlin] [template flag - Berlin]
Flags of Berlin, Germany; of The Charlottenburg-Wilmersdorf District of Berlin, The Mitte District of Berlin and of The Reinickendorf District of Berlin (fotw)


TENNÉ
A heraldic term for the colour orange (see also ‘Appendix III’ and ‘rule of tincture’).

[colour example]


TERRITORIAL ARMS (or COAT OF ARMS)
See ‘state arms 3)’ under ‘arms’.

Grand Master of the Teutonic Order
Arms of The Northwest Territories, Canada (ICH)


TERRITORIAL FLAG
See ‘sub-national flag’.

NWT flag
Flag of The Northwest Territories, Canada (fotw)


TERRY
A heraldic term for the colour of earth - see ‘proper’ in ‘Appendix III’.

tincture


TEUTONIC CROSS
See ‘cross-potent’ in ‘appendix VIII’.

Grand Master of the Teutonic Order
Flag of the Grand Master of the Teutonic Order c1500 (fotw)

Please note that this term should only be used when the cross so described has a direct connection to the Teutonic Order.


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