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The Society College of Heralds runs on monthly cycles and letters.  Each month, the College processes name and armory submissions from all of the Kingdoms.  Final decisions on submissions are made at the monthly meetings of the Pelican Queen of Arms (names) and the Wreath Queen of Arms (armory).  Pelican and Wreath then write up their decisions in a Letter of Acceptances and Return (LoAR).  After review and proofreading, LoARs generally are released two months after the meeting where the decisions are made.

An “acceptance” indicates that the item(s) listed are now registered with the Society.  A “return” indicates that the item is returned to the submitter for additional work.  Most items are registered without comments.  Sometimes, the LoAR will address specific issues about the name or armory or will praise the submitter/herald on putting together a very nice historically accurate item.

Starting with the recently released November 2015 LoAR (containing decisions made at the November 2015 meetings), the Gazette will be publishing the East Kingdom results from the LoARs.

Eastern Results from the November 2015 LoAR:

EAST acceptances 

Abigail Crane.  Name and device. Purpure, a catamount passant argent and a base ermine.

Nice 16th century English name!

Aiden Underhill.  Name.

Alexander Kyppyn Kirkcaldy.  Device change. Per pale sable and argent, a tower counterchanged and on a chief azure three fish naiant argent.

The submitter’s old device, Per pale argent and sable, a standing balance counterchanged and on a chief azure three fish naiant argent, is released.

Alexander Kyppyn Kirkcaldy.  Badge. Quarterly purpure and azure, a tower and a bordure argent.

This badge is clear of conflict with the badge of Manfred Odo von Falkenmond: Gules, perched atop a tower a hooded falcon, within a bordure argent. There is a DC for changing the field and another DC for removing the falcon.

Alys du Bois.  Device. Or, a lily of the valley vert flowered argent and in chief three escarbuncles vert.

Andreas Lucernensis. Badge. (Fieldless) On a salmon hauriant Or a crescent azure.

Andreas Lucernensis. Badge. Per pale sable and gules, in pale three stag’s attires argent.

Nice badge!

Angharad verch Rees. Device change. Gules, four double-pointed knitting needles fretted in mascle and on a chief Or three gouttes de sang.

The submitter’s old device, Quarterly azure and argent all goutty counterchanged, a rose purpure barbed and seeded proper, is retained as a badge.

Ása in svarta. Badge. (Fieldless) A bib-apron azure.

This is the defining instance of a bib-apron. It was documented as a period artifact, as seen in Jost Amman’s Book of Trades, 1568. For purpose of conflict checking, it does not have a DC from a waist-apron.

Bernhard Brakelman. Device. Per pale Or and gules, a bear rampant sable between three lozenges counterchanged.

Brunissende Dragonette. Badge. Argent estencelly azure, a chalice gules.

Please advise the submitter to draw the sparks as groupings of roundels one and two, not two and one.

This item was decided by Pelican.

Caterina Maddalena dei Gabrielli. Name and device. Gules, a fleur-de-lys argent and a chief argent crusilly patonce gules.

The submitter requested authenticity for “1450-1550 Italian”.

The two given names and the byname were documented to 15th and 16th century Pisa, so this name likely meets the submitter’s request for authenticity.

Please advise the submitter to draw fewer and larger crosses with more splay to the arms so as to improve identifiability.

East, Kingdom of the. Badge for Arts & Sciences Champion. (Fieldless) A tyger rampant azure maintaining a candle Or lit gules.

“Arts & Sciences Champion” is a generic identifier.

East, Kingdom of the. Badge for Bardic Champion. (Fieldless) A tyger rampant azure maintaining a clarion Or.

“Bardic Champion” is a generic identifier.

East, Kingdom of the. Badge for Rapier Champion. (Fieldless) A tyger rampant azure maintaining a rapier proper.

“Rapier Champion” is a generic identifier.

East, Kingdom of the. Badge for Armored Combat Champion. (Fieldless) A tyger rampant azure maintaining a spear bendwise sable hafted of wood proper.

“Armored Combat Champion” is a generic identifier.

East, Kingdom of the. Badge for Equestrian Champion. (Fieldless) A tyger rampant azure sustaining a tilting lance bendwise bendy sinister Or and purpure.

“Equestrian Champion” is a generic identifier.

East, Kingdom of the. Badge for Archery Champion. (Fieldless) A tyger rampant azure maintaining an arrow Or.

“Archery Champion” is a generic identifier.

East, Kingdom of the. Badge for Thrown Weapons Champion. (Fieldless) A tyger rampant azure maintaining an axe Or.

“Thrown Weapons Champion” is a generic identifier.

East, Kingdom of the. Release of badge for Queen’s Bard. Per bend azure and argent, a maunch vert charged in base with a harp and in canton an Eastern crown Or.

East, Kingdom of the. Release of badge for King’s Bard. Per bend azure and argent, a sword vert, hilted sable, debruised by a harp and in chief an Eastern crown Or.

East, Kingdom of the. Release of badge association for King’s Champion. (Fieldless) A tyger rampant guardant azure maintaining a spear bendwise proper.

The badge itself is not released.

Elle de Valois. Name and device. Per pale gules and sable, a bat-winged lion Or and a bat-winged wolf combattant, on a point pointed argent a fleur-de-lys per pale sable and gules.

This name combines an English given name and French byname. This is an acceptable lingual mix under Appendix C of SENA.

Faolán an Sccreccain. Name.

Hermina de Pagan. Name (see RETURNS for device).

Hróðgeirr Mánason. Name and device. Sable, a bend Or engouled of wolf’s heads between two increscents argent.

This device does not conflict with the device of Illuminada Eugenia de Guadalupe y Godoy: Sable, a bend engouled of two wolf’s heads Or. There is a DC for changing the tincture of the wolf’s heads and another DC for adding a secondary charge group of increscents.

Kirsa Oyutai. Badge (see RETURNS for other badge). (Fieldless) On a beehive Or a musical note vert.

Some commenters evoked the resemblance of this badge with the seal of Utah. We do not superprotect States seals and this badge does not conflict with that seal.

Orlando di Sforza. Name and device. Sable, a winged lion rampant maintaining a sword and on a chief embattled Or three crosses crosslet fitchy gules.

Submitted as Orlando Sforza, precedent states:

The surname Sforza is one of those names such as Hohenstaufen which are so closely associated with a single sovereign royal family as to be presumptuous in their use. Indeed, in times past it was one of those that were used as an exemplar for that category of restricted names. (The name of the dynasty was derived from the nickname of its founder and in period was associated closely with the immediate family of the sovereign Dukes of Milan.) The use of the Sforza surname is tantamount to a claim to being from the immediate family of the sovereign Dukes of Milan and is not allowed under RFS VI.1.[Elizabetta Sforza, July 1997, R-Atenveldt]

SENA states, “Names may not contain a byname uniquely used by a single dynasty. Dynastic names used by both a royal family and normal people are acceptable. While some kingdom names were originally used primarily or exclusively by royalty, those names came to be used so widely that they are not considered a claim to rank.”

In this case, the Letter of Intent documented Sforza as a given name in our period, so this byname could be interpreted as an unmarked patronym. However, this does not remove the appearance of presumption. If we had examples in period of people outside of the Duke of Milan’s family who also used this byname, we could overturn this precedent.

After the Pelican decision meeting, the consulting herald indicated that the submitter would accept the name Orlando di Sforza. The use of a marked patronym is not presumptuous, so we have changed the name and registered this form.

Rauða-Sunnifa refr. Alternate name Sorcha inghean Uí Chathasaigh.

Sion ap Emrys. Reblazon of device. Gules, in saltire a sword curtana inverted proper and a pilgrim’s staff argent between flaunches Or.

Registered in May 1992 as Gules, in saltire a sword curtana inverted and a pilgrim’s staff argent, between flaunches Or, the tincture of the sword was inadvertently omitted.

EAST returns

An Dubhaigeainn, Barony of. Badge for Populace. Per fess wavy azure and barry wavy argent and azure, a duck naiant contourny argent billed Or.

This badge is returned for conflict with the device of Signý Ingadóttir: Per chevron ermine and purpure, in base a swan naiant contourny argent. There is one DC for the changes to the field. The position of the bird to chief here and to base in Signý’s armory are forced, as neither bird can be in the other’s space and thus does not bring a DC. While both swans and ducks are period charges, swans are much more common than ducks. In period emblazons it is often difficult, or impossible, to tell the difference between the two birds. Thus we do not grant a difference between the two.

Hermina de Pagan. Device. Gules, a sheaf of three roses slipped and leaved and overall a skeletal hand fesswise reversed argent.

This device is returned for using so-called “garden rosebuds”. Per repeated precedent:

This device is returned for the use of a garden rosebud, which has not been registerable since November 1994:

Commentary was nearly as strong in favor of banning garden rosebuds from armory. Consequently, we will accept whatever garden rosebuds may be in LoIs issued before December 1994, but no further registrations of this charge will be made. (CL 11/94)

A garden rosebud is a garden rose with the petals closed, which describes the charge in chief. [ Diane Daunt, March 2009, R-West ]

All roses should be depicted affronty, with their petals fully laid out on the page, instead of cupped like a tulip.

Kirsa Oyutai. Badge. (Fieldless) An arrowhead per pale Or and azure.

This badge is returned for conflict with the badge of England:(Tinctureless) A pheon. There is only one DC for the tincturelessness of the English badge.

On redesign, please advise the submitter to draw the charge more clearly as an arrowhead, which would have a barbed point.

Lupold Hass. Device. Azure, a hare salient argent.

This device is returned for conflict with the badge of Sarra Bossard, for Confrerie du Lapin: Azure, a coney salient argent within a mascle of four swords conjoined point to hilt proper. There is only one DC for removing the secondary charge group.