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cross of calatrava’.
Puebla de Don Rodrigo, Spain (fotw)
mon 1)’ and its following note.
Ichikawa si, Japan (fotw)
IMPALE (or IMPALED)
1) (v) In heraldry a term for the marshalling of (or having earlier marshalled) 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)’,
‘ entire 1)’,
‘ escutcheon of pretence 2),
‘ quarter the arms’ and
‘ quartering 1)’) 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 ‘
Command Flag of a General at Sea c1650, England (fotw);
Flag of Lauenen, Switzerland (fotw);
Banner of the Arms of The Orkneys, UK (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.
Hennigsdorf, Germany (fotw);
Arms of Vale de Asnes, Portugal (fotw);
Flag of Atalaia, Portugal (fotw)
The arms that represent an empire and its ruler - a type now entirely obsolete - but see ‘
(also ‘ imperial standard(s) 1)’ and ‘ royal arms’).
Imperial Arms, Brazil 1822 – 1889 (fotw);
Imperial Arms, Mexico 1864 – 1867 (fotw);
Lesser Imperial Arms, Austria 1915 – 1918 (fotw)
IMPERIAL BROAD PENNANT
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 ‘
wingless dragon’ (also ‘ dragon’).
Chinese Imperial Dragon Flags c1895 (fotw
and Ben Cahoon)
That emblem, now increasingly (but not entirely) obsolete, which represents an emperor –
(also ‘ imperial standard(s) 1)’,
‘ mon 2)’ and
‘ royal standard(s)’).
Imperial Emblem (mon), Japan (Wikipedia); Imperial Flag and Emblem 1934 - 1945,
Manchukuo (fotw & Wikipedia)
1) See ‘
imperial standard(s) 1)’ and ‘ imperial standard(s)
2)’. 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 Empress, Japan
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
‘ royal standard(s)’) 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 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 Germany
1892-1903 and 1903–1919 (fotw)
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