- HABITED (or HABILLÉ)
- The alternative heraldic terms used to describe the customary clothing (the "habit") of a
monk or friar – habillé – but see
Flag of Münchenwiler, Switzerland (fotw);
Arms of Reith bei Kitzbühel, Austria (ICH);
Flag and Arms of Antunovac, Croatia (fotw)
- HAFTED (or HAFT)
- The alternative heraldic terms used when the handle of a hammer or an axe/mace (or of a similar tool/weapon) is of a different
tincture to its head – but see ‘hilted’ (also
‘ploughshare’, ‘shafted’ and
Flag of Curtilles, Switzerland (fotw);
Arms and Flag of Lhota u Vsetína, Czechia (Wikipedia & fotw);
Arms of Štěchovice, Czechia (fotw)
- The German term for a round-bottomed shield - see 'Spanish-style shield'.
Arms of Falkensee, Germany (Wikipedia)
- HALF MAST (or HALF STAFF) A FLAG
- (v & adj) To fly a flag at a point below its normal position, with the upper edge
of the flag about a third of the length of the flag pole, or at least a flag’s width,
from the truck, as a sign of mourning (see also
‘dip, at the’,
National Flag of the US at Half Mast (google.com)
Please note that a flag should, if the proper
procedure is followed, be first raised right up to the truck before being
lowered to its half-mast position, and raised once again to the truck before
being lowered completely.
- HALF MOON
- A term sometimes (inaccurately) used in place of crescent – see ‘crescent 1)’.
Flag of South Carolina, US (fotw)
- In heraldry see ‘nimbus’
Flag and Arms of Koprivničko-Ivanec, Croatia (fotw)
- A length of thin rope or cable by means of which flags might be hoisted and
lowered on a flag pole, mast or yardarm (see also ‘Appendix I’,
- HAMBURGIAN CORONET
- A specific form of the mural crown and related directly to the city of Hamburg, Germany –
see ‘mural crown 1)’
- 1) In Spanish military usage and possibly some others, a metal guard fixed to the staff
of a military colour so as to protect the bearer’s right hand (originally in combat) – a
gardamano (see also ‘colour 2)’,
‘colours 2)’ and
2) See ‘saber’
A Handguard According to Spanish Regulations (Reglamento de Banderas Actualizado)
- HANDLED (or HANDLE)
- The terms sometimes used to describe the hilt and pommel of a sword or dagger and the haft of a hammer,
axe or other tool – but see ‘hafted’ and ‘hilted’ (also
Arms and Flag of Drahenice, Czechia (fotw);
Arms and Flag of Härjedalen, Sweden (Wikipedia
- A Scottish term, now obsolete, for a miniature square banner.
- A 16th/17th Century variant spelling, now obsolete, of ensign – see
and ‘ensign 4)’ (also
Handsigne/Ensign, English c1590 (fotw); Handsigne/Ensign,
English c1620 (fotw)
- HANDWAVER (or HANDFLAG)
- A small flag, usually made of either fabric or paper, fitted to a short stick and
intended to be waved by hand (see also ‘flaglet’ and
- HANGING FLAG
- A long vertically orientated flag - originally of Germanic origin and now
characteristic of both German speaking and other Central European countries – a vertical flag -
it is square-ended or swallow tailed, usually consists of the main flag charge
and livery colours (with its first or main colour next to the head of the
pole) and is specifically designed to be hung by its top edge from a
horizontal pole attached to a building - not to be confused with the banner as
defined herein and the similar (but usually shorter and more elaborately
designed) gonfalon (see also ‘banner 2)’,
and ‘vertically hoisted flag
Hanging Flag of Neustadt/Weinstrasse, Germany (fotw);
Hanging Flag of Iserlohn, Germany (fotw);
Hanging Flag of Altena, Germany (fotw).
a) The Editors have adopted strict German vexillological
practice in that they have drawn a precisely defined distinction between a hanging flag and a
b) These terms are often (sometimes officially) regarded as synonymous and are (apparently) considered interchangeable.
- HANSA CROSS
Mizzen Flag of G.H. Wappäus, Germany (fotw)
- See ‘Hanseatic cross’.
Cavalry Pennant c1814, Lübeck (fotw)
- HANSEATIC CROSS
- The term – and a direct translation of the German Hanseatenkreuz - for a war-service medal issued by the former Hanseatic cities of Hamburg, Lübeck and Bremen from 1915 - 1918, and which is sometimes used to describe a red, cross pattée
of Germanic, particularly (but not exclusively) Hanseatic origin – see
‘cross pattée’ (also
‘cross 2)’ and
The Hanseatic Crosses of Hamburg, Lübeck and Bremen (Hanseatic Cities),
Flag of the German Society for Rescuing the Shipwrecked (fotw), The Arms of Vegesack, Bremen, Germany (CS)
a) The above terms should only be used when the cross pattée
being described is red and/or is of a Hanseatic origin.
Information suggests that this term (describing a cross as defined above) dates from the
early 19th century and the formation of volunteer corps from the former Hanseatic cities who took such a cross
as one of their emblems.
Flag of the Hamburg Citizen’s Militia
1814 – 1858 (fotw)
- The heraldic term used when a domesticated animal (most often a horse) is shown fitted with its harness – but see 2) below.
2) See ‘harnysed’.
Flag of Cressier, Switzerland (fotw);
Arms and Flag of Hilfikon, Switzerland (Wikipedia & fotw)
- The heraldic term used when a human figure is clad in armour – but see
(also ‘armoured’ and
‘armed 2)’, ‘harnessed
1)’ and the note below).
Flag of Collex-Bossy, Switzerland (fotw);
Arms of Šentjur pri Celju, Slovenia (fotw);
State Flag of Lithuania (fotw); Arms and Flag of
Aldeia de Paio Pires, Portugal (fotw)
Please note that this is an obsolete spelling of the word harnessed. and should be used when referring to the harness (or suit of armour) worn in battle during the Medieval period.
- See ‘daimyo flags’.
- 1) In heraldry, a widely employed system of lines, dots and slashes used to indicate tinctures on a
– the Petra Santa method (see also ‘tinctures’ and ‘monochrome 1)’).
- 2) In vexillology, as 1) above but also used randomly to give a textural appearance to certain charges (see also
From left: Gules, Azure, Vert. Purpure, Sable, Or and Argent
Please note with regard to 1) that this method of depicting tinctures on a black and white
illustration was created in 1638, however, it is suggested that a glossary or dictionary of heraldry be consulted if
full details are required.
- See ‘achievement 2)’.
Hatchment/Achievement of Arms of the Late Sir Winston Churchill, UK
- The heraldic term used when a fish is in the erect position (see also ‘naiant’
Flag and Arms of Nordreisa, Norway (fotw);
Flag of Figaró-Montmany, Spain (fotw)