White stripes on red as a cotton field, a metaplasm of George?

Discussion in 'American Flag History' started by portingal, Jul 31, 2018.

  1. portingal

    portingal New Member

    Dear Members,

    As explained in my “New Member Introduction" (below) I just published today in Academia.edu, under “Vexillological Sheets: United States of America”, the preliminary results of a metaplasmatic analysis in the forename level of the first American Flag. I assumed it to be:

    “Gules, six barrulets argent, on a canton azure, thirteen six-pointed mullets of the second, three, two, three, two and three”

    Here are the main raw results, which, as always, are not 100% sure, but quite close to it in this case (from my point of view, of course):

    a) The forename level seems to depict a George (the denominant),

    b) The syntax of the designant (George transformed in something else) is: verb + numeral

    c) Its vexillological trace (the shapes and colours derived from George) is: Six white stripes on a red field,

    d) The plot (subject represented by the shapes and colours) is necessarily agricultural; stripes as furrows, red as earth and white as a crop (at that time, in the US, I suppose it could be cotton),

    e) I’ve found nothing linking George directly to the starred blue canton (or any other).

    f) As much as I know, it seems that the stripes (with a different canton), would be used first in a Continental Army flag, probably as the banner of its Commander. But you are the specialists here; please comment whenever I appear to be wrong.

    Metaplasmatic analysis is repeatable; therefore I prefer to entitle others to the joy of rediscovering the same results, which would be a proof (or rebuke) of their value, anyway. You may find my ciphering method under "An Encryption Method for the Autonomous Comparison of Heraldic Metaplasms". The cipher for George is: 445.

    If anyone is interested in this subject I am very open to discussion.

    Kind Regards,

    Carlos da Fonte

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    Hi, thanks and greetings from Porto,

    Following a MS in UP, I developed a new theory involving metonymies and metaplasms to explain the inception of shapes and colours within coats of arms. Recently it has been tentatively enlarged to other fields as sigillography and vexillology, but keeping the terminologies of the former, to keep it simple. I already dared to approach a "canting level" explanation of the American Flag (along with 19 others) at:
    "Vexillological Sheets: 20 World Flags".
    Unfortunately its perception is complex and I wouldn't recommend it as a starter.
    On the other side, I was lucky to determine also a "forename level" in the design of Stars and Stripes, which seems to refer to George (Washington). The consecutive connection of both the metaplasmatic description and the vexillological trace lead us to understand it, in a first approach, as a cotton field. This was a surprise as such personal references appear chiefly in aristocratic representations. Anyway, I should be publishing some analysis' data tomorrow and if any of you is interested enough to comment I'd be very glad to give further input.

    Have a nice Sunday,

    Carlos da Fonte

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