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Dictionary of Vexillology: P (Pratique Flag - Pushpit Flag Staff)

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PRATIQUE FLAG
See ‘quarantine flag’.

PRAYER FLAG
A small flag, often used in groups and decorated with inscriptions, intended to express a prayer as it flies – characteristic of Buddhists in the Himalayan region (see also ‘thangka’ and ‘religious flag’).

PRECEDENCE
The system often regulated by law, of placing flags, emblems or coats of arms for a display or ceremony in order of importance – for more details see ‘Appendix II’, ‘rules of etiquette’ and ‘position of honour’ (also ‘flag code’ and ‘flag law’).

PRE-HERALDIC
A term that relates to European flags which do not contain any elements derived from heraldry and/or which pre-date the introduction of heraldic symbolism. (see also ‘anti-heraldry’, ‘dragon flag’, ‘flammula 2)’, ‘gonfanon’ and ‘heraldry’).

PRESIDENTIAL (or PRESIDENT’S) COLOUR (or COLOR)
1) See ‘colour 2)’ and ‘colours 2)’.
2) In largely US usage, a term for the distinguishing flag of a president when displayed indoors or on parade (see ‘presidential standard’ below).

PRESIDENTIAL STANDARD (or FLAG)
That flag which symbolizes the office of president in a republican system of government, often a defaced or decorated version of the national flag (see also ‘deface’, ‘national flag’ and ‘royal standard’).

[presidential standards]
USA Presidential Standard (fotw)

[presidential standards]
Chile Presidential Standard (fotw)


PRIAPIC IN ITS VIRILITY
A phrase sometimes used in heraldic blazoning when the male member of an animal is shown erect and in a different tincture to its body (see also ‘blazon’ and ‘tincture’).

Appenzell, Switzerland
Flag of Appenzell, Switzerland (fotw)


PRINCELY BONNET (CORONET or HAT)
See ‘coronet 2)’.

Liechtenstein
National Flag of Liechtenstein bearing a Princely Bonnet (fotw)


PRINCEFLAG (PRINCE FLAG, PRINCE’S FLAG, PRINSENVLAG or PRINZENVLAG)
The name originally applied to the orange-white-blue horizontal tricolour that was the first pattern of Dutch national flag, the driekleur, and in use from c1575 – c1654/1660 – the prinsenvlag or prinzenvlag (see also ‘double-prince’, ‘triple-prince’ and ‘tricolour 2)’).

Netherlands 1575-1654/60
National Flag of the Netherlands c1575 – c1654/1660 (CS)

Please note, evidence indicates that until the late 18th Century the terms prinsenflag or prinzenvlag were sometimes also applied to the red-white-blue tricolour.


PRIVATE SHIP
In British RN and some other naval usage, a vessel in commission that does not fly the flag of a flag officer or broad pennant of a commodore (see also ‘broad pennant’, ‘flag of command’, ‘flag officer’, ‘flagship’ and ‘masthead pennant 1)’).

PRIVATE SIGNAL
1) See ‘call sign’ and ‘call sign hoist’.
2) See ‘house flag 3)’.
3) A naval term, now obsolete, for a confidential signal used by ships of the same navy to verify each other's identity (see also ‘make her number’).

PRIVATEER(S)
The term for a merchant vessel, or for the crew of such a vessel, holding a licence (or letter of marque) from its government which entitled that vessel, or its crew, to attack the property of those countries with whom they were at war - a practice now obsolete - see ‘privateer ensign’ and ‘privateer jack’.

PRIVATEER (or PRIVATEERING) ENSIGN
In Spanish usage and some others, now obsolete, a special ensign prescribed for vessels engaged in privateering – a corsair ensign – see ‘privateer(s)’ and ‘privateering jack’ (also ‘ensign 1)’ and ‘jolly roger 1)’).

Spanish privateer ensign, 1820 Austria-Hungary privateer ensign proposal
Privateer Ensign, Spain 1820 (fotw); Privateer Ensign Proposal 1819, Austria-Hungary (Fame)


PRIVATEER (or PRIVATERING) JACK
In UK usage, now obsolete, a special jack prescribed for vessels engaged in privateering and flown from 1694 until 1856 – the distinction jack or budgee jack see ‘privateer(s)’ and ‘privateer ensign’ (also ‘budgee flag’, ‘budgee pendant’, ‘jack’ and ‘union jack 2)’).

pre 1801 privateer jack privateer jack 1801 to 1856
Privateer Jack Until 1801, UK (CS); Privateer Jack 1801 – 1856, UK (fotw and CS)


PRIZE FLAG
A special flag flown by a yacht that has won a race (see also ‘racing flag’).

PROCESSIONAL BANNER
See ‘banner 3)’.

PROPER
The heraldic term used when a charge or figure is shown in its natural shape and colours, as opposed to stylised heraldic colours or shapes (see also ‘appendix III’)

American Samoa arms of Fiji
Flag of American Samoa (fotw); National Arms of Fiji (fotw)


PROPORTIONS
1) The relationship between the width and length of a flag, usually expressed in that order that is, for example 1:2, but sometimes also in the reverse or 2:1 – the ratio or aspect ratio (see also dimensions', ‘length’, ‘rectangle’ and ‘width’)
2) The relative dimensions of two or more stripes or bands within a flag, (whether disposed vertically horizontally or diagonally) - internal proportions (see also ‘optical proportions’ and ‘stripe’).

proportions example


PROTEST BANNER
See ‘banner 3)’ (also ‘political flag 2)’).

PROTEST FLAG
See political flag 2)’.

PROVINCIAL FLAG
See ‘sub-national flag’ and ‘state flag 2)’.

PSEUDO-FLAG
See ‘fictitious flag’ (also ‘flagoid’ and ‘fictional flag’).

PULLDOWN (or PULL-DOWN)
In US usage a flag (or bunting in flag colours) that is displayed flat against a wall for decoration - an advertising pulldown (see also ‘bunting 2)’.

PULLEY
See ‘sheaved block’.

PUMPOUT FLAG
In US maritime usage, the colloquial term for a commercial flag that is flown to indicate the location of a toilet waste disposal service for leisure vessels (see also ‘corporate flag’).

pumpout flag
(DNR news)


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

PUSHPIT FLAG STAFF
A 19th Century term, now almost certainly obsolete, for the stern mounted ensign staff of a sailing yacht (see also ‘ensign staff’).

Please note that pushpit (also called a stern pulpit) is nautical slang for that railing which encloses the stern of a sailing yacht.


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