Formal Flag Setups
Formal flags are just like outdoor flags except for a few key differences.
The Five Parts of a Formal Setup
- The finial is the ornament at the top of the setup. In this case we have an eagle finial. There are other kinds of finials in various shapes. The rule of thumb is: American flags should have an eagle finial, all other nations should have a spear-shaped finial. There are specialized finials for religious flags shaped like crosses, and a 'Star of David' finial is available for use with the Israeli flag.
- Fringed Flag with Pole Sleeve
- The golden fringe along the three outer edges of the flag make it formal. Also, a 'pole sleeve' is sewn to the edge of the flag (replacing the header and grommets you see in an outdoor flag) so that a pole can slide inside the flag. A notched leather tab is sewn inside the 'pole sleeve' at the top. The pole has a small screw at the top that hooks into the tab and prevents the flag from slipping back down the pole. Formal flags come in two sizes: 3'x5' and 4'x6'. Once you find the flag you need in the store, make sure you flag has the 'fringed' option. If you prefer that your setup have a flag with the pole sleeve, but without the fringe, just remove the fringe as an option.
- Cord and Tassel
- The cord and tassel is the braided cord that hangs down the front of the flag.
- The standard formal flag setup uses an oak pole with brass fittings. The oak pole comes in two parts that screw together in the middle. If you intend on using a 3'x5' flag then the pole should be 8' tall. A 4'x6' flag would require a 9' tall pole.
- If you formal flag is to be displayed indoors you'll need a stand or bracket to display it. For carrying a formal flag in a parade we sell carrying belts with special pockets to make carrying the flags easier. The most commonly used formal flag stand is the Liberty Stand.
"Where are formal flags used?"
Formal flags are perfect for events like rallies, parades and other outdoor events. They also make offices, courtroom, stages and auditoriums more formal and serious.
"What's the protocol when displaying an American flag with other flags?"
The American flag should always have an eagle-shaped finial; other country flags should have a spear-shaped finial. Also, the flags should all be relatively the same size. Obviously, if one country's flag is much larger (or taller) than the other flags it could be viewed as insulting. Also, if all the existing flags are fringed, any new flags should also be fringed.
"How do I order a formal flag setup from the e-store?"
There are some formal flag setups that are needed so often that they are sold as a 'kit' complete with everything you'll need: the finial, the flag, cord & tassle, pole and base. Those kits are listed below. Just add that single product to your shopping cart and you're done. American flags and religious flags are available as complete kits. For all other flags you'll need to add just two items to your shopping cart: a fringed formal flag of the kind you need, and a 'hardware kit' sized to match you formal flag. That hardware kit has all the components except the flag. So a formal, fringed flag plus the hardware kit gives you everything you need.
To make things easier, we've made the correctly-sized 'hardware kits' a related item for all formal flags. So if you add a formal flag to your shopping cart you will be prompted to also add the needed hardware kit.
"I want a formal flag setup using my company or organization's logo on the flag."
That's no problem -- custom manufacturing is primarily what Ace Banner does. Please visit our main website at acebanner.com and fill-out our 'request for price estimate form'. Just be sure to indicate that you need a formal flag setup and one of our customer sales reps will take it from there.
"I'm still not sure what I need." -or- "I still have some questions."
Call Ace Banner at (212)-620-9111 and we'll be glad to answer your questions. You can also email us at firstname.lastname@example.org for help.