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Description & Terminology

  • Canton Blue field, white stars. Also known as Field or Jack.
  • Heading Heavy fabric used to secure flag to the halyard line, usually made of durable cotton or synthetic canvas.
  • Grommet Brass ring or eyelet (normally in the heading) for mounting outdoor flags.
  • Truck The device at the top of an outdoor pole that houses the pulley wheel.
  • Finial A decorative top for a flag pole, often an eagle, spear or ball.
  • Snap Hooks Hardware made of either brass or molded nylon to attach the flag to the halyard line.
  • Cleat The device used to secure the bottom of the flagpole halyard.
  • Halyard Rope used to raise the flag; can be external and tied to a cleat, or internal.
  • Flash Collar The cover for the base of the pole, used for cosmetic and protective purposes.
  • Foundation Tube Cylinder tube used as a form for the concrete base of an in-ground flag pole.

 

Hoist End
The part of the flag that attaches to the halyard.

Roped Heading
A flag where the hoisted end is reinforced with a rope throughout the heading

Fly End
The end of the flag that “flies” in the breeze, and the part of the flag that endures the most stress.
SST
A type of heading that uses the base of the flag to construct a sleeve that usually slides over a pole, with a tab to attach near top.
Fabric Sleeve
A type of heading that adds a piece of fabric to an existing flag to construct a sleeve that usualy slides over a pole, with a tab to attach near top.
  Pole Hem
The same heading as fabric sleeve but with a fabric lining.