Banner of arms

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The official flag of Scania, one of Sweden's traditional provinces, is a banner of arms.

A banner of arms is a type of heraldic flag which has the same image as a coat of arms, i.e. the shield of a full heraldic achievement, rendered in a square or rectangular shape of the flag.[1]

The term is derived from the terminology of heraldry but mostly used in vexillology. Examples of modern national flags which are banners of arms are the flags of Austria, Iraq, and Switzerland.

The banner of arms is sometimes simply called a banner, but a banner is in a more strict sense a one of a kind personal flag of a nobleman held in battle.[2][3]

Examples[edit]

National flags[edit]

Country Flag Coat of arms from which the flag is derived
Austria Flag of Austria.svg Coat of arms of Austria.svg
Flag of Austria Coat of arms of Austria
Bosnia and Herzegovina Flag of Bosnia and Herzegovina.svg Coat of arms of Bosnia and Herzegovina.svg
Flag of Bosnia and Herzegovina Coat of arms of Bosnia and Herzegovina
Greece Flag of Greece (1822-1978).svg Coat of arms of Greece.svg
Flag of Greece (heraldic and historical) Coat of arms of Greece
Iraq Flag of Iraq.svg Coat of arms of Iraq (2008).svg
Flag of Iraq Coat of arms of Iraq
Kiribati Flag of Kiribati.svg Coat of arms of Kiribati.svg
Flag of Kiribati Coat of arms of Kiribati
Luxembourg Civil Ensign of Luxembourg.svg Lesser coat of arms of Luxembourg.svg
Flag of Luxembourg for use at sea Lesser coat of arms of Luxembourg
Malta Flag of Malta.svg Coat of arms of Malta.svg
Flag of Malta Coat of arms of Malta
Monaco Lozenge flag of Monaco.svg Coat of arms of Monaco.svg
Flag of Monaco (alternative) Coat of arms of Monaco
Namibia Flag of Namibia.svg Coat of arms of Namibia.svg
Flag of Namibia Coat of arms of Namibia
Portugal PortugueseFlag1485.svg Coat of arms of Portugal.svg
Flag of Portugal (heraldic and historical) Coat of arms of Portugal
Somalia Flag of Somalia.svg Coat of arms of Somalia.svg
Flag of Somalia Coat of arms of Somalia
Switzerland Flag of Switzerland (Pantone).svg Coat of Arms of Switzerland (Pantone).svg
Flag of Switzerland Coat of arms of Switzerland
United Kingdom Royal Standard of the United Kingdom.svg Royal Coat of Arms of the United Kingdom.svg
Royal Standard of the United Kingdom Royal Coat of Arms of the United Kingdom
Royal Standard of the United Kingdom (in Scotland).svg Royal Coat of Arms of the United Kingdom (Scotland).svg
Royal Standard of the United Kingdom for use in Scotland Royal Coat of Arms of the United Kingdom for use in Scotland

Subdivision flags[edit]

Subdivision Flag Coat of arms from which the flag is derived
Aquitaine Flag of Aquitaine.svg Blason region fr Aquitaine.svg
Flag of Aquitaine Coat of arms of Aquitaine
Alsace Flag of Alsace.svg Blason région fr Alsace.svg
Flag of Alsace Coat of arms of Alsace
Astrakhan Oblast Flag of Astrakhan Oblast.svg Coat of Arms of Astrakhan Oblast.svg
Flag of Astrakhan Oblast Coat of arms of Astrakhan Oblast
British Columbia Flag of British Columbia.svg Coat of Arms of British Columbia.svg
Flag of British Columbia Coat of arms of British Columbia
Burgundy Flag of Bourgogne.svg Blason fr Bourgogne.svg
Flag of Burgundy Coat of arms of Burgundy
Castile and León Flag of Castile and León.svg Coat of Arms of Castile and Leon.svg
Flag of Castile and León Coat of arms of Castile and León
Castile-La Mancha Flag of Castile-La Mancha.svg Coat of Arms of Castile-La Mancha.svg
Flag of Castile-La Mancha Coat of arms of Castile-La Mancha
Corsica Flag of Corsica.svg Arms of Corsica.svg
Flag of Corsica Coat of arms of Corsica
Dnipropetrovsk Oblast Flag of Dnipropetrovsk Oblast.svg Large Coat of Arms of Dnipropetrovsk Oblast.svg
Flag of Dnipropetrovsk Oblast Coat of arms of Dnipropetrovsk Oblast
England Royal Banner of England.svg Royal Arms of England.svg
Royal Banner of England Royal Arms of England
Flanders Flag of Flanders.svg Arms of Flanders.svg
Flag of Flanders Coat of arms of Flanders
Franche-Comté Flag of Franche-Comté.svg Blason fr Franche-Comté.svg
Flag of Franche-Comté Coat of arms of Franche-Comté
Friuli-Venezia Giulia
Flag of Friuli-Venezia Giulia Coat of arms of Friuli-Venezia Giulia
Lipetsk Oblast Flag of Lipetsk Oblast.svg Coat of Arms of Lipetsk oblast.svg
Flag of Lipetsk Oblast Coat of arms of Lipetsk Oblast
Madeira Flag of Madeira.svg Coat of arms of Madeira.png
Flag of Madeira Coat of arms of Madeira
Maryland Flag of Maryland.svg Seal of Maryland (reverse).svg
Flag of Maryland Coat of arms of Maryland
Midi-Pyrénées (Occitania, Languedoc) Flag of Midi-Pyrénées.svg Blason Languedoc.svg
Flag of Midi-Pyrénées Coat of arms of Midi-Pyrénées
Mpumalanga Flag of Mpumalanga Province.svg Mpumalanga arms.svg
Flag of Mpumalanga Coat of arms of Mpumalanga
Murcia (Region) Flag of the Region of Murcia.svg Coat of Arms of the Spanish Region of Murcia.svg
Flag of Region of Murcia Coat of arms of Region of Murcia
Navarre Bandera Navarra.svg Escudo de Navarra (oficial).svg
Flag of Navarre (historical) Coat of arms of Navarre
New Brunswick Flag of New Brunswick.svg NewBrunswick CoatOfArms.png
Flag of New Brunswick Coat of arms of New Brunswick
Nova Scotia Flag of Nova Scotia.svg Coat of arms of Nova Scotia.svg
Flag of Nova Scotia Coat of arms of Nova Scotia
Picardy Flag of Picardie.svg Blason région fr Picardie.svg
Flag of Picardy Coat of arms of Picardy
Prince Edward Island Flag of Prince Edward Island.svg Arms of Prince Edward Island.svg
Flag of Prince Edward Island Coat of arms of Prince Edward Island
Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur Flag of Provence-Alpes-Cote dAzur.svg Blason région fr Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur.svg
Flag of Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur Coat of arms of Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur
Savoy Savoie flag.svg Blason duche fr Savoie.svg
Flag of Savoy Coat of arms of Savoy
Scania Flag of Scania.png Skåne vapen.svg
Flag of Scania Coat of arms of Scania
Scotland Royal Banner of Scotland.svg Royal Arms of the Kingdom of Scotland.svg
Royal Standard of Scotland Royal coat of arms of Scotland
Sicily Sicilian Flag.svg Coat of arms of Sicily.svg
Flag of Sicily Coat of arms of Sicily
Ternopil Oblast Flag of Ternopil Oblast.svg Coat of Arms of Ternopil Oblast.svg
Flag of Ternopil Oblast Coat of arms of Ternopil Oblast
Tula Oblast Flag of Tula Oblast.svg Coat of Arms of Tula oblast.png
Flag of Tula Oblast Coat of arms of Tula Oblast
Ulyanovsk Oblast Flag of Ulyanovsk Oblast.svg Coat of Arms of Ulyanovsk Oblast.png
Flag of Ulyanovsk Oblast Coat of arms of Ulyanovsk Oblast
Voronezh Oblast Flag of Voronezh Oblast.svg Coat of arms of Voronezh Oblast.svg
Flag of Voronezh Oblast Coat of arms of Voronezh Oblast
Wales Flag of Wales 2.svg Royal Badge of Wales (1953).svg
Flag of Wales The 1953 Royal Badge of Wales
Wallonia Flag of Wallonia.svg Coat of arms of Wallonia (Belgium).svg
Flag of Wallonia Coat of arms of Wallonia
Yaroslavl Oblast Flag of Yaroslavl Oblast.svg Coat of Arms of Yaroslavl Oblast (2011) full.svg
Flag of Yaroslavl Oblast Coat of arms of Yaroslavl Oblast

County flags[edit]

County Flag Coat of arms from which the flag is derived
Cheshire County Flag of Cheshire.png Coat of arms of Cheshire County Council.png
Flag of Cheshire Coat of arms of Cheshire
Essex Flag of Essex.svg Arms of Essex.svg
Flag of Essex Coat of arms of Essex
Jönköping County Jönköpings län vapenflagga.svg Jönköpings läns vapen.png
Flag of Jönköping County Coat of arms of Jönköping County
Kalmar County Kalmar län vapenflagga.svg Kalmar län vapen.svg
Flag of Kalmar County Coat of arms of Kalmar County
Kent Flag of Kent.svg Arms-kent.jpg
Flag of Kent Coat of arms of Kent
Kronoberg County Kronobergs län vapenflagga.svg Kronoberg vapen.svg
Flag of Kronoberg County Coat of arms of Kronoberg County
Northumberland Flag of Northumberland.svg Coat of arms of Northumberland County Council.png
Flag of Northumberland Coat of arms of Northumberland
Przemyśl County POL powiat przemyski flag.svg POL powiat przemyski COA.svg
Flag of Przemyśl County Coat of arms of Przemyśl County
Sussex Flag of Sussex.svg Sussex shield.svg
Flag of Sussex Coat of arms of Sussex
Warwickshire County Flag of Warwickshire.svg Escut Warwickshire.png
Flag of Warwickshire Coat of arms of Warwickshire

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Flags of the World: Dictionary of Vexillology: B (Backing - Banner of Victory): Banner of arms". Flags of the World. Retrieved 25 January 2014. 
  2. ^ Puttock, A.G. (1985). A Dictionary of Heraldry. Exeter: Blaketon Hall Ltd. p. 196. ISBN 0 907854 93 1. 
  3. ^ Friar, Stephen, ed. (1987). A New Dictionary of Heraldry. London: Alphabooks/A&C Black. pp. 45–46. ISBN 0 906670 44 6. 

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