It’s been six months since my last roundup of changes to the Traceable Heraldic Art collection, during which time more than a hundred and eighty new illustrations have been added, bringing the total to well over six thousand.
As always, I am indebted to the generous contributors who choose to share their illustrations with the community through this collection. My thanks in particular to first-time contributors Gwenyvere Rose Foxe, Wylet Fraser, and Rhian Preston.
My appreciation also goes out to returning artists Malyss Makneile, Vémundr Syvursson, Volusia Zoe, Nest verch Gwilim, Iago ab Adam, Aurora Faw, and Ragna stórráða Úlfsdóttir — and to Joakim Spuller, from whose WappenWiki collection I pulled more than three dozen images in this round.
And of course I continue to draw material from period and modern documents, including Stände und Handwerker, the Guild & School of Handicraft’s Survey of London, the Zurich Roll, Recueil de Généalogies Anglaises, and the Austrian State Archives.
The Blue Tyger has served as a mascot for the East Kingdom for about fifty years, since it was selected to combat the red dragon of the Middle, and it is displayed widely as a populace badge as well as being integrated into other badges and displays.
This has led to a bit of good-natured grumbling from scribes and others who have been repeatedly asked to paint this image in a wide variety of sizes and media: “oh no, another tyger, with all of those fiddly little tufts of hair — why didn’t we choose something simpler?” Nobody was seriously suggesting replacing the tyger, but a joke developed within the scribal and heraldic communities that things would be easier if our populace badge was a simple blue square.
As the Society recognizes Queer Pride this month, I thought I would share a couple of images I created featuring the populace badges of the East Kingdom and the Crown Province of Østgarðr, which folks are free to use.
Click either image for a higher-resolution PNG file.
There’s a widespread claim in modern heraldic circles that furs and proper charges are neutral for contrast purposes (eg Wikipedia on the Rule of Tincture), and many of them cite this passage from Fox-Davies:
Furs may be placed upon either metal or colour, as may also any charge which is termed proper.
The seasons are starting to turn here and I figured that was as good reason as any to review the changes that’ve been made to the Traceable Heraldic Art collection over the last three months, including over two hundred and sixty new entries.