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A. Rigaud Nogueiraʼs proposal for the new portuguese national flag (1910-1911)

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[Project by A. Rigaud Nogueira]
by Jorge Candeias, 21 Mar 2001
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Description of the flag

This one was made by A. Rigaud Nogueira and consists of a green-red vertical bicolour, both fields of equal size, with a white lozenge centered and cherged with his view of the portuguese coat-of-arms-to-be: a blue globe (in fact a mix between a globe and an armilliary sphere) with golden (see bellow) meridian and parallel lines, supporting a portuguese shield of the samnitic or french kind.

Note: The original image is not clear about this colour. It could be silver, or even something else, because itʼs a really dark, nearly black shade. Very far from gold. However, the castles in the arms are of exactly the same shade. This led me to the assumption that the shade in question was the result of some degradation with time (my source is a modern reproduction of the original image, 90 years old) of the kind of strange colour that sometimes was used to the representations of golden devices.
Jorge Candeias, 21 Mar 2001

This is a typical representative of the “redʼnʼgreen” faction in the 1910 flag debate, the «most republican among republicans», so to speak, and the lozenge and the globe seem to show some brazilian influence, which is nothing to be surprised about, since there has always been a large flux of people between both countries and the fact that the Brazil was by then already a republic could have influenced many of our republicans of the time into a fondness for Brazil, itʼs symbols and institutions.
Jorge Candeias, 21 Mar 2001