2) In US usage the practice, almost certainly obsolete, of flying a red triangular
pennant from the port yardarm (or spreader) of a pleasure vessel when the crew are at
meals – a crew’s meal pennant (see also
‘guest on board flag’,
‘owner absent flag’
1) In largely (but not exclusively) US usage, a small national flag (affixed to a short staff)
which, on specified memorial occasions, is implanted on the graves at military cemeteries – a
grave decoration flag.
2) A flag designed to memorialize one or more persons, or to express sympathy for people in a
specific situation. Such flags may or may not be officially recognized, and are sometimes created
by adding symbols or wording to a national or other recognized flag (see also ‘celebratory flag’ and ‘commerorative flag’).
A seven-branch candlestick that is symbolic of Judaism, and is featured on the
national arms, the Presidential Standards and some other flags of Israel (see also
‘Magen David’ and
The term, now obsolete, for the symbol of either identity or profession used by the non-armigerous – but see
‘house mark’ (also ‘armigerous’).
MERCHANT PENNANT (or PENDANT)
1. In Belgian usage (although rarely employed), a variant of the naval masthead pennant officially authorized for merchant vessels - see ‘masthead pennant’ (also
‘pennant 2)’ and
2. In Habsburg Imperial usage, now obsolete, a term that may be used for the masthead
pennant when flown from a merchant vessel between 1786 and 1804, and identical to that
flown by contemporary and later warships - see
‘masthead pennant’ (see also
‘pendant’) 3. See ‘merchant ship pendant’
Merchant Pendant, Belgium (fotw)
Merchant Pendant, Habsburg Empire 1786 – 1806 (fotw)
Please note that in European usage, as far as is known, only Belgium and the Habsburg Empire
have permitted merchant vessels to legally fly a masthead pennant of this type.
MERCHANT SHIP PENDANT (or PENNANT)
A term for those masthead pennants, now obsolete, that were flown by Brazilian
merchant vessels in the 19th Century to show in which province they were registered –
but see ‘registration flags’ (also ‘pendant’ and ‘pennant 2)’).