Another Round of Traceable Art

Over the last month I’ve added another 135 illustrations to the Book of Traceable Heraldic Art.

As with last month, these are drawn from a variety of sources, including some more beasts from Torric inn Björn, some tools and objects from Gustav Völker, and a couple of funky lions from Thomas Wriothesley.

Below is a summary of the new entries; each includes a single illustration unless a number is provided in parentheses, and represents a new heading unless marked as an addition.

  • Ordinaries: 2 Bars Wavy (1 additional); 3 Bars Wavy; Base Wavy Barry Wavy; Bend Indented (1 additional); Bordure Denticulada (1 additional); Bordure Dovetailed; Chief Indented; Fess Indented; Fess Wavy (1 additional); Pale Indented; Pallium; Saltire Engrailed
  • Shapes & Symbols: Chi-Rho; Cross Of Toulouse (1 additional); Fleur de Lys (1 additional); Suffolk Knot; Label of 5 Points Throughout (1 additional)
  • Plants: Broom Sprig Fructed; Carrot (1 additional); Fig Sprig Fructed; Garlic Bulb (1 additional); Hemp Leaf; Laurel Wreath (2 additional); Mandrake; Female Mandrake; Oak Tree Fructed and Eradicated (1 additional); Onion; Raddish (2 additional); Rose (2 additional); Tree (1 additional)
  • Invertebrates: Stag Beetle Statant (1 additional)
  • Fishes: Crayfish; Dolphin (1 additional); Lucy (1 additional); Sea-Lion (1 additional)
  • Reptiles: Dragon (1 additional); Dragon Passant (1 additional); Dragon Statant (2 additional); Pithon Volant (2 additional); Serpent Glissant (1 additional); Two Serpents Entwined; Wyvern Sejant Tail Nowed
  • Birds: Falcon Jessed (1 additional); Falcon Hooded and Jessed; Feather (1 additional); Martlet (1 additional); Pelican Vulning Itself (1 additional)
  • Beasts: Alphyn Rampant; Antelope Salient; Antelope’s Head Cabossed; Antelope’s Head Erased; Bear Couchant Head Lowered; Bear Rampant (1 additional); Bear Sejant Affronty; Bear Statant Affronty; Bear’s Head Erased and Muzzled (1 additional); Beaver Rampant (2 additional); Boar Passant (1 additional); Boar Rampant (2 additional); Boar Sejant; Bog Beast; Pair of Buffalo’s Horns; Bull’s Massacre; Camel Couchant; Camelopard Passant; Chameleon; Cat, Domestic, Couchant Head Lowered; Dog Passant Guardant; Dog Rampant (1 additional); Dog Rampant Collared; Goat Salient (1 additional); Griffin (1 additional); Lamb Passant; Lamb Passant Regardant; Lamb, Paschal, Regardant; Lion Queue Fourchy (1 additional); Lion Passant (2 additional); Lion, Winged, Passant Regardant; Lion’s Head Erased (1 additional); Mouse Statant (1 additional); Pegasus Segreant (1 additional); Ram’s Head Couped; Rhinoceros; Squirrel Maintaining A Nut; Stag Courant; Stag Rampant Collared and Chained; Stag’s Attire (1 additional); Stag’s Attire In Annulo; Stoat Passant (1 additional); Unicorn Passant (1 additional); Unicorn, Winged; Wildcat’s Head Cabossed; Wolf’s Head Erased (1 additional); Yale Rampant (1 additional)
  • People: Arm Vested Fesswise With A Hand Of Benediction; Arm Fesswise Maintaining A Club; Ass With A Jester’s Head Passant; Centaur Passant (1 additional); Centaur Sejant Brushing Her Hair; Centaur Sejant Drawing A Bow; Sole Of A Foot; Maiden’s Head Couped and Hooded Facing Dexter; Man Robed; Man Vested and Maintaining a Scythe; Melusine (1 additional); Mermaid (1 additional); Merman, or Triton (1 additional); Monk Robed and Maintaining a Book; Moor Passant; Saracen’s Head Affronty Erased Maintaining a Torse (1 additional); Seraph (1 additional); Viking With Arms Raised
  • Objects: Andirons, Pair of Dog-Headed; Barnacles, Pair of (1 additional); Barrel (1 additional); Bridge, Twin-Towered, Of A Single Arch; Bridge, Triple-Towered, Of Two Arches; Bucket with Handle (1 additional); Buckle (1 additional); Cloth Hung Over A Rod; Column (1 additional); Comb; Compass, Drawing; Cornucopia Effluent (1 additional); Crown; Harp (1 additional); Key (1 additional); Mill; Pipe, Tabacco, Enflamed; Rods, Bundle of; Sail; Spade (1 additional); Tower (1 additional); Open Well (2 additional); Wheel of Fortune

An Early Roll of Arms of the Canton of Whyt Whey

In the period of 2003-2005, an armorial roll was assembled for members of the Canton of Whyt Whey by Doña Sancha de Flores.

The pages were preserved at archive.org (1, 2) and I thought they might be interesting as a snapshot of local participants from that time.

Attached below is Doña Sancha’s roll as of 2005; sadly, several of the emblazons were not preserved by the archive.


Name: Alexandre Lerot d’Avignon
Blazon: Per pale wavy purpure and argent, a serpent, glissant palewise and sinister facing, argent and a wolf rampant sable
Registered: March 1987 via the Outlands
Badge: Per pale wavy purpure and argent, a serpent, glissant palewise argent and a wolf rampant sable

Name: Aethelstan St. Maur
Blazon: Argent, a trefoil slipped azure between in chief two crosses swallowtailed gules.
Registered: January of 1987 via the West

Name: Cael Hen Godebog
Blazon: Or, a triple branched candlestick sable, on a chief azure a mullet of eight points Or.
Registered: Unknown

Name: Dearbhforgaill an Chomhaidh
Blazon: Vert, on a bend argent between two plates three lions rampant palewise vert.
Registered: November 2003

Name: Edward Zifran of Gendy
Blazon: Lozengy sable and ermine, a baton sinister gules.
Registered: January of 1974 (via the West)

Name: Ervald La Coudre the Optimistic
Blazon: Azure, chape argent, three legs flexed and conjoined in pall at the hip Or, a base argent.
Registered: January 1990

Name: Jibril al-Dhakhil
Blazon: Argent, a falcon rising sable and on a chief rulgey vert a decrescent and a sun argent
Registered: No

Name: Jan van Antwerpen
Blazon: Quarterly argent and azure, in bend two lymphads azure
Registered: Name registered April 2003.

Name: Judith the Uncertain
Blazon: Per pale and per chevron argent and azure, two trefoils and a crescent counterchanged
Registered: February 1987

Name: Medb ingen Muiredaich
Blazon: Vert, three garbs argent
Registered: In process

Name: Pamela Gattarelli
Blazon: Sable, a bend engrailed to base Or between two pineapples
Registered: Name registered April 2003.

Name: Sancha de Flores
Blazon: Gules, a columbine argent
Registered: Name registered November 2002. Arms registered October 2003.

Name: Seán Ó Súilleabháin Beirre
Blazon: Gules, on a pile argent a turtle purpure
Registered: Name & Arms, January 2003

Name: Tauna Ælswith (Tona the Black)
Blazon: Azure, a crescent inverted between two piles inverted argent, each charged with a crescent inverted azure.
Registered: April 1990

Name: Umbar in Harchiral Dandachi
Blazon: Argent, chaussé polyé cotised and in chief a kindjal dagger palwise inverted sable surmounted by a madu shield fesswise gules
Registered: July 1981

Name: Wolfgang Rotkopf
Blazon: Or, an abacus sable, a chief rayonny gules.
Registered: July of 1990 via the West
Badge: (Fieldless) An abacus sable.

Recent Art Additions

Over the winter holidays I took some time to add another 156 illustrations to the Book of Traceable Heraldic Art.

Many of these are drawn from the Viking Answer Lady’s SVG Images For Heralds, while others come from historical documents including Insignia Florentinorum (Italy, 16th C) and Opus Insignium Armorumque (Slovenia, 17th C), and some have been newly illustrated for this collection.

Below is a summary of the new entries; each includes a single illustration unless a number is provided in parentheses, and represents a new heading unless marked as an addition.

  • Fields: Semy of Crosses Cletchy
  • Divisions: Per Fess With A Single Embattlement; Per Pale Urdy (2)
  • Ordinaries: Bordure Counter-compony
  • Shapes & Symbols: Annulets, Five, Interlaced In Cross; Compass Rose (2 additional); Cross Moline Disjointed; Cross Of Calatrava; Hexagon; Knot, Cavendish, or Savoy Knot; Mullet of 8 Points (1 additional); Mullet of 8 Mascles Interlaced; Nailpuller, Japanese; Nailpullers, Four Japanese, Two and Two; Pentagon; Triquetra (1 additional); Triquetras, Cross of; Umebachi
  • World & Heavens: Crescent (1 additional); Goutte (1 additional); Gurges (1 additional); Moon, Increscent (1 additional); Rainbow (1 additional); Ray of the Sun Issuant From Dexter Chief
  • Plants: Banana; Créquier; Garlic Bulb; Garlic Plant (1 additional); Geranium Flower; Jasmine Flower; Laurel Wreath (1 additional); Linden Branch; Linden Leaves Issuant From The Line, Per Bend; Magnolia Flower; Orange Flower; Poppy Flower (1 additional); Tree Issuant From A Mount
  • Fishes: Dolphin (2 additional); Dolphin Embowed; Fish Haurient; Fish Embowed; Fish, Flying; Lucy (3); Lucies, Three, Fretted (1 additional); Sea-Fox Naiant; Sea-Fox Naiant Guardant; Sea-Horse (1 additional); Sea-Lion (1 additional); Sea-Lion Naiant; Sea-Monster’s Tail (3 additional); Sea-Serpent Erect; Sea-Serpent Undulant (1 additional)
  • Birds: Auk, Great; Bat (1 additional); Bird (1 additional); Cock, Double-Headed; Cock Head Erased; Crane (1 additional); Duck’s Foot; Eagle (4 additional); Eagle, Double-Headed (1 additional); Eagle’s Head Couped; Eagle’s Head Erased (1 additional); Eagle’s Leg Erased (1 additional); Egg; Goose; Heron (1 additional); Hummingbird Hovering; Hummingbird Rising; Magpie Displayed; Peacock (1 additional); Peacock In His Pride (2 additional); Pelican Vulning Itself (1 additional); Pheasant Volant; Phoenix (1 additional); Raven (1 additional); Raven Displayed (1 additional); Raven Migrant (1 additional); Raven Regardant; Raven Rising; Raven Rising Displayed; Raven Rising Displayed Regardant; Swallow Volant (1 additional); Swan Naiant (1 additional); Vol (2 additional); Wing (3 additional)
  • Objects: Aspersorium and Aspergillum; Barnacles, Pair of (1 additional); Battle-Axe, Double-Sided (2 additional); Besom; Bridge of One Arch (2); Bridge of Two Arches (1 additional); Bridge of Three Arches (1 additional); Bridge Throughout of Two Arches; Bridge Throughout of Three Arches (1 additional); Buckle, Square, Trefoiled At The Corners; Candle Enflamed On A Candlestick (2 additional); Castle of Three Towers (1 additional); Castle of FIve Towers; Cleaver; Cornetto, Tenor; Coronet, Ducal (1 additional); Crown, Eastern; Cup (1 additional); Cupping Glass; Fetterlock, Closed (1 additional); Fishhook (1 additional); Flag (1 additional); Fleshpot (1 additional); Footbridge; Footbridge Throughout; Glove; Glove Aversed; Glove Fesswise; Gonfalon (2 additional); Grappling Iron; Hammer (1 additional); Harpoon (2); Hat, Jew’s (2 additional); Key (1 additional); Knife (1 additional); Knife, Pruning; Ladder; Meat, Spit of (2); Oar; Rake; Ring, Gemmed (2); Rope, Annulet of (1 additional); Scythe (1 additional); Spade (1 additional); Streitgabelklinge; Tower (2 additional); Wall; Wall Couped; Wheel (1 additional)

Book Heraldry Symposium in Lion’s End

On December 1, I was pleased to meet with a group of aspiring and intermediate heralds from Østgarðr and its neighboring Barony of An Dubhaigeainn to offer over five hours of classes in the practice of onomastics and armorial design and registration in the Society for Creative Anachronism.

My thanks to Lilie Dubh inghean ui Mordha for her capable teaching assistance, especially on the names side, and to Sláine báen Ronán for writing up a description of the event for publication in the East Kingdom Gazette, reproduced below with her kind permission.


The fighting season has ended – Eastern minds and hands turn to indoor pursuits; Repair and Replace armor bits, sew new garb, or embellish something you already own, take a class…

Students hard at work at the Book Heraldry Symposium.
Photo courtesy of Baroné Francesco Gaetano Gréco d’Edessa

In Østgarðr’s Canton of Lion’s End Seahorses and neighboring Ducks of an Dubhaigeainn gathered together for a Heraldry Symposium.  The agenda was set to teach and learn about Heraldry and Heralding. Lady Lilie Dubh inghean ui Mordha, Pantheon Herald in the EK Submissions Office, and Lord Mathghamhain Ua Ruadháin, Seahorse Pursuivant of the Crown Province of Østgarđr and the Elmet Herald of the East Kingdom, taught a 5 hour session on the intricacies and idiosyncrasies of being a Working Book Herald, walking the class through the process of how a Device, Badge, and Name go from an Idea to Registration; what are the rules of construction for a name? How do you fill out those registration forms? Lilie and Mathghamhain accessed and projected onto a big screen the websites actually used, performed actual searches for names, and showed off the latest tips and tricks available to smooth the pathway of Conflict Checking and Documentation for both Names and Armory.

The Symposium was cozily attended by members from  Østgarđr and An Dubhaigeainn. Good questions and informative discussion were all around.  It was deemed to be a successful first meeting, with a hope for a Heraldry 102 class. That could happen in the near future, either Live or Virtually, with a tentative Focus on the use of OSCAR (Online System for Commentary and Response), what to say and how to say it.

Respectfully submitted
Sláine báen Ronán
Drake Pursuivant

Barleycorn Court Report

On the eighth day of September, in year fifty three of our society, their Excellencies Østgarðr, Suuder Il Kha’an and Lada Il-Khatun, returning home from their recent victories in the summer’s war, did progress to their canton of Northpass for the Feast of John Barleycorn, and therein did hold court.

Their Excellencies began by inviting all newcomers, who had attended no more than three events, to present themselves, and they expressed their pleasure to see the great number of gentles who stepped forward. Each of the newcomers was given a seahorse candle as a token of the province’s welcome and was invited to return again soon, and the populace cheered for their continuing participation.

Next their Excellencies requested to speak with a representative of the Barony of An Dubhaigeainn, and Lady Fiona the Volatile did make herself known, being Seneschal of that Barony’s Canton of Hawkes Reache. Their Excellencies described a request that had reached them from their noble neighbors to the east, who wished to hunt the wild rock doves which are found in the parklands of Østgarðr, in order that they might nurture their populace at the upcoming Feast of Saint Andrews. Being filled with love for their cousins, their Excellencies did grant this boon, delivering unto said Lady Fiona a decree allowing Prefect Titus and his representative Vetra trys Kaukoles to capture said poultry within their borders.

(Scroll by Onora inghean Ui Ruairc.)

Their Excellencies next wished to hear the results of the day’s fencing tourney, and called for their champion Brendan Firebow, who had organized that trial. Lord Brendan spoke of the many fencers who had taken the field that day, recognizing Aesa Sturludottir as the winner of the day’s duels. There had also been a tournament to select Lord Brendan’s successor, and Alexander MacLachlan was named as the victor and new Provincial Fencing Champion. Their Excellencies bade Lord Alec join their entourage, and gave Brendan a necklace of green stones as thanks for his service over the previous year.

For a report on the archery contest, their Excellencies called for Conor Ó Ceallaigh, but that gentle demurred, stating that that the day’s challenge had been run by Arnbiorg Niálsdóttir, called Helga, and that lady did stand forth. She asked two archers to present themselves for acknowledgment, beginning with Lady Elizabeth Hawkwood, whose excellence had impressed all on the range that day, and their Excellencies presented her with a tassel to use in cleaning her arrows. Then Helga did announce Catelin Straquhin as the winner of the Provincial Archery Championship. Their Excellencies thanked Lord Conor for his service as their previous champion, and he delivered the regalia of that position to Lady Catelin, and their Excellencies invited her to join their company.

(Scroll by Lada Monguligin.)

Next their Excellencies called for the results of the day’s youth armored combat, and heard from Eikaterine tin Elliniki, the East Kingdom’s Deputy Earl Marshal for Youth Combat. She told of the number of children who had fought that day, including several newcomers who donned armor for the first time. Following a closely-fought series of bouts, Alaxandair Morda, called the Mountain, had won the Province’s Championship for a second year, and her Excellency Lada asked him to hold her great hammer in court and stand ready should it be needed.

Then Sir Edward Zifran of Gendy was invited into court. He presented the Viceregals with a gift of sweets from the far-off lands of Ealdormere, which all assembled agreed would make a nice light snack. He did then call up two combatants who had braved the challenge he set before the fighters that day, Lord Robert and Lord Ronan FitzRobert. He praised the knowledge, chivalry, and fighting skills of both, presenting them with Ealdormerean treats, and naming Lord Ronan the day’s victor.

Richard the Poor of Ely then presented the results of the brewing challenge that had been held that day. He summoned two gentles before the court, naming as winners Fiona the Volatile for the quality of her historical documentation, and Oliver de Bainbrig for the variety and excellence of his brews.

Their Excellencies next recognized the event stewards who had labored diligently to make the day possible, being Wilhelm Larsson, as well as Archubeas Grimoire, speaking highly of their efforts. Their Excellencies proceeded to read a roll of many names, enumerating those gentles who had assisted with various facets of the weekend’s activities, and recognizing them each with the Award of the Sea Star, at which the populace did give cheer.

The Il-Khanate did then speak about of their desire to recognize the work of younger members of the province who had contributed much to the vibrancy of the Province, and did announce a new award, the Order of the Sea-Urchin of Østgarðr.

To initiate the ranks of the new order, their Excellencies did first call forth young Benjamin of Northpass, praising his tutelage of the populace in period gaming, as well as his participation in dance and many other aspects of local events. He was presented with an embroidered hood as the regalia of the order, and an illuminated manuscript to mark the occasion.

(Scroll by Lada Monguligin)

Next their Excellencies called for Lord Alaxandair Morda, and inducted him into the same order, acknowledging his prowess in battle, his labors lugging heavy burdens at events, and his service in their court, presenting him likewise with a hood and warrant.

(Words and illumination by Lada Monguligin; calligraphy by Suuder Saran.)

Then the Viceregals asked Mongu Chinua to step forward, and spoke of his great skill with a bow, and his leadership and years of teaching within the Province’s archery community. They felt this excellence deserved to be recognized, and so they called forth their Order of the Silver Sea-Lion and made him a member, and he was greeted by his counterparts in the order, receiving a tippet from the last member so inducted, and cheered by the populace.

Lastly, their Excellencies recognized Lord Conor, who had begged their indulgence for a presentation to the province. Said gentle did proceed to unveil a stained glass panel decorated with the sea-horse insignia of the province, made by his hand and enclosed in a wood frame by Mongu Chinua. Lord Conor explained that he knew the province was moving towards commissioning viceregal coronets and offered the stained glass panel to be auctioned off at a future date with the proceeds being used to fund that commission. Their Excellencies thanked him for his gift, and all assembled did admire his handiwork.

Their being no other business before them, their Excellencies did thereupon close their court and retire in anticipation of the evening feast.

These were the events of the day as recorded by their Excellencies’ Herald, Mathghamhain Ua Ruadháin.

Artistic Variation in Heraldic Art

A notable characteristic of armorial depiction is that any illustration of a given design is considered to be heraldically equivalent. For example, any illustration of “Gules, three lions passant guardant in pale Or” is said to represent the English Sovereign, no matter in what style the lions are drawn, as long as they accurately reflect that blazon.

Konstantia Kaloethina has assembled a nice demonstration of this principle in her “Heraldic Mythbusting” blog post containing nine different illustrations of “a seraph proper” by six different artists.

Two seraphs proper; the first by myself using an illustration by Vinycomb, the second by Konstantia Kaloethina. (Shared with permission.)

In addition to these illustrations, the post provides some period examples of “artistic license,” explains some boundaries on when it’s taken too far, and discusses the Society’s heraldic registration policies — it’s definitely worth a read.

A Proposed Design for Viceregal Coronets

The regalia committee of the Crown Province of Østgarðr has solicited design proposals for a pair of field coronets for the Viceregents.

I’ve never designed anything of this sort before, but it seemed intriguing and I wanted to try my hand at it. The results are attached in PDF format.

I expect that the province has received other submissions with more artistic merit, and don’t expect this design to be selected, but this was a good learning exercise, and I figured it’d be good for the other entries to have a little competition.

Name and Device for Bahja al-Azraq

Bahja had a name picked out and a lovely first draft of his device designed, but it needed a bit of adjustment to be registrable by the College of Arms.


Or, on a saltire between four rings purpure gemmed gules a pomegranate slipped and leaved Or seeded gules.

Although the original arrangement Bahja had sketched was problematic, we were able to retain all of the charges and the overall color scheme, while shifting them into a new layout which was free of conflicts.


Bahja is a Arabic masculine ism (given name) and al-Azraq is an Arabic masculine laqab (descriptive byname).

Both are found in “Arabic Names from al-Andalus” (Juliana de Luna, 2008).

Traceable Art at Pennsic XLVII

The Book of Traceable Heraldic Art was in service for its second Pennsic this summer, and hundreds of armory submissions were drawn using images from the new collection.
 
With more than two thousand illustrations, it’s twice the size of last year’s edition. The fifteen binders required to store the print version take up a fair amount of space in the Heralds’ Point art tent, but now that I’ve incorporated the rest of the art from the old Pennsic Traceable Art books, we were able to retire those other binders and reclaim a bit of space.
 
My thanks to everyone who’s contributed art or provided feedback and other assistance over the last year.
 
Key goals for the coming year include fixing problematic images and prominently labeling all no-longer-registrable charges, rounding out gaps in the collection (how do we not have an illustration of an egg yet?), and adding more illustrations in a variety of styles from period sources and society artists. Drop me a line if you want to get involved!

Name and Device for Anne of Østgarðr

Anne is an active fencer in the Province, who wanted to register armory that was personally meaningful, and had already identified a silver tree as the primary charge.


Per fess sable and vert, a tree and in chief a comet bendwise argent.

The illustration of the tree comes from the Pictorial Dictionary of Heraldry, affectionately known as the PicDic, while the comet comes from the Viking Answer Lady’s SVG Images For Heralds collection.


Anne is a female given name in multiple parts of medieval Europe. It is found in the Dictionary of Medieval Names from European Sources at http://dmnes.org/name/Anne as attested to 1485 in Early Modern English, citing Wills and Inventories Illustrative of the History, Manners, Language, Statistics, &c. of the Northern Counties of England, from the Eleventh Century Downwards, volume I of Publications of the Surtees Society. London: J. B. Nicholas and Son, 1835.

Østgarðr is the name of the Crown Province of the East Kingdom, and the byname “of Østgarðr” follows the Branch Name Allowance of SENA PN.1.B.2.f.