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badge HeraldEASTERN RESULTS FROM THE OCTOBER 2018 LoAR

The Society College of Arms 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 King 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.

The following results are from the October 2018 Wreath and Pelican meetings.

EAST acceptances

Acha Osbeorn. Name and device. Per pale argent and gules all semy of cinquefoils counterchanged, a bear sejant erect sable.

The submitter requested authenticity for Anglo-Saxon language or culture. This request was not summarized on the Letter of Intent. Fortunately, Seraphina Ragged Staff identified the authenticity request during commentary, allowing sufficient time for research.

Although both elements are in Old English, the language spoken in Anglo-Saxon culture, they are not dated to the same time period. Osbeorn is not attested until more than 300 years after the attested examples of Acha. This name can be registered, but it is not authentic.

Áengus Ragnbjarnarson. Name and device. Sable, in saltire an axe Or and an axe argent and on a chief embattled Or two eagles sable.

Submitted as Áengus Ragnbjorn, this name is not correctly formed because neither Gaelic nor Old Norse allow unmarked patronymic bynames. With the submitter’s permission, we have changed this name to Áengus Ragnbjarnarson to use the correct Old Norse patronymic form of Ragnbjorn.

This name combines a Gaelic given name and an Old Norse byname, an acceptable lingual mix under Appendix C.

Though submitted on the Letter of Intent as ravens displayed, the charges on the chief were not recognizable as anything but eagles. This was due both to their size, and to the fact that eagles were overwhelmingly shown displayed (which ravens in period heraldry never were). We have amended the blazon accordingly.

Aleta d’Argent. Name.

This name combines a German given name and a French byname, an acceptable lingual mix under Appendix C.

Concordia of the Snows, Barony of. Order name Order of Emerallde of Concordia of the Snows and badge. (Fieldless) On a step-cut gemstone palewise vert in pale the letters O and E Or.

Emerallde is the Middle English spelling of the precious stone emerald. No evidence was provided for naming orders after specific precious stones. However, Emerallde is a plausible given name based on the pattern of English names based on precious stones, including Ruby, Sapphire and Pearle, which are noted in “Period or Not? Gemstone Names” by Alys Mackyntoich (https://alysprojects.blogspot.com/2015/06/period-or-not-gemstone-names.html). As there is a pattern of naming orders after the given names of sponsors or inspirations, this order name can be registered.

Artist’s note: Please draw the letters larger and bolder.

Concordia of the Snows, Barony of. Badge for Order of the Ram’s Horn of Concordia of the Snows. (Fieldless) On a snowflake argent a ram’s horn fesswise reversed azure.

The use of a snowflake is allowed through the Existing Registration Allowance.

Concordia of the Snows, Barony of. Badge for Order of Diamond of Concordia of the Snows. (Fieldless) On a step-cut gemstone palewise argent in pale the letters O and D azure.

Artist’s note: Please draw the letters larger and bolder.

Concordia of the Snows, Barony of. Badge for Order of Sapphire of Concordia of the Snows. (Fieldless) On a step-cut gemstone palewise azure in pale the letters O and S argent.

Artist’s note: Please draw the letters larger and bolder.

Concordia of the Snows, Barony of. Badge for populace. Azure, a snowflake environed of a snake in annulo vorant of its own tail argent.

The use of a snowflake is allowed through the Existing Registration Allowance.

Conrad Järnhand. Name and device. Argent, three bendlets vert between a death’s head gules and a sinister hand sable.

This name combines a German given name with a Scandinavian byname, an acceptable lingual mix under Appendix A.

Artist’s note: Please color the ocular and nasal cavities with the same tincture as the rest of the skull.

Dýrfinna Sigurðardóttir. Name and device. Argent, an oak tree eradicated between in chief two ravens migrant, on a chief sable three Thor’s hammers argent.

Submitted as Dýrfinna Sigurdsðottir, the byname was not correctly formed. At the submitter’s request, we have corrected it to the Old Norse form Dýrfinna Sigurðardóttir for registration.

Nice 9th-10th century Icelandic name!

There is a step from period practice for the use of birds migrant.

Dýrfinna Sigurðardóttir. Badge. Azure, a squirrel argent and a bordure argent semy of acorns proper.

Dýrfinna Sigurðardóttir. Badge. Gules, a panther rampant Or spotted sable maintaining a sword inverted, a bordure Or.

Edmund Forster. Badge for House of the Mantis. Per bend wavy sable semy of swords argent and argent, in dexter base a praying mantis statant vert.

Emilia de Luna. Name and device. Argent chaussé purpure, in pale four hearts gules.

The submitter requested authenticity for 15th-16th century Spain. This name meets that request.

Hrafn breiðskeggr. Name change from Corcrán mac Diarmata.

Nice 9th-10th century Icelandic name!

The submitter’s previous name, Corcrán mac Diarmata, is retained as an alternate name.

Iriniia Mieszkowna. Name.

This name combines a Russian given name with a Polish byname, an acceptable lingual mix under Appendix C.

{.I}slah bint Abbas ibn Habib ibn Hasan. Device change. Azure, an elephant maintaining on its back a tower argent and in chief a crescent pendant Or.

The submitter’s previous device, Azure, a leaf within an orle of roundels argent, is retained as a badge.

Jens Brusason. Name.

Krzyslaw Sczubelka. Name and device. Argent, a castle and in chief two goblets in chevron inverted sable, each distilling a goutte de sang.

Artist’s note: Please draw the cups more properly in chevron inverted.

Kveld-Randvér úlfr. Device. Per pale sable and argent, two wolves passant respectant and in chief a crescent pendant counterchanged.

Laurie Anne Parr. Name.

Submitted as Laurie Catherine Parr, because English uses unmarked patronyms and matronyms, the name as submitted was a claim to be the daughter of Catherine Parr. Catherine Parr, Queen of England and the last wife of Henry VIII, is sufficiently famous to be protected from presumption under PN4D of SENA. Even people who are not experts in Tudor England are familiar with the wives of Henry VIII through popular fiction, films, and television series such as The Tudors. She has her own entry in the Encyclopedia Britannica (https://www.britannica.com/biography/Catherine-Parr), which is not the case for every queen of England. Accordingly, this name as submitted is presumptuous and cannot be registered.

At the submitter’s request, we have changed the name to Laurie Anne Parr for registration. Anne is found as a given name in Aryanhwy merch Catmael’s English Given Names from 16th and Early 17th C Marriage Records (https://heraldry.sca.org/names/english/parishes/anne.html). As there is no registered Anne Parr or famous Anne Parr, the name as changed does have any relationship or presumption problems.

Lavinia du Bois. Name (see RETURNS for device and badge).

This name combines an English given name with a French byname, an acceptable lingual mix under Appendix C.

Lavinia du Bois. Alternate name Matsumoto Ayame and badge. Argent, an iris purpure slipped and leaved vert, in chief a comet fesswise gules headed sable.

Submitted as Kagoshima Ayame, that name could not be registered because, although Kagoshima is a period Japanese place name, there is no evidence that it was used to form surnames or family names within the SCA’s period.

At the submitter’s request, we have changed the name to Matsumoto Ayame. Matsumoto is a family name found in “Name Construction in Mediæval Japan” by Solveig Throndardottir.

There is a step from period practice for a comet with a head and a beard of different tinctures.

Margot de la Mer. Name (see RETURNS for device).

Margreta Gyllenstierna. Name and device. Vert, a griffin passant between in pale two pomegranates Or.

The submitter requested authenticity for early 16th century Sweden. This name meets that request.

Mari Clock van Hoorne. Release of Badge. (Fieldless) A comet per pale gules and Or.

Mari Clock van Hoorne. Release of Badge. (Fieldless) On the forehead of a skull Or a card pique sable.

Mikjáll bogmaðr. Household name House of Darostur.

Darostur is a plausible constructed English place name based on attested elements.

Northpass, Canton of. Badge for populace. Azure, two bendlets argent and overall a tyger passant contourny Or.

Oissíne mac Bróccín. Name and device. Or, a squirrel maintaining an acorn sable and on a chief azure three acorns slipped and leaved Or.

Phaedra de Vere. Name (see RETURNS for device).

Phedra is an attested gray period English name. The submitted spelling of Phaedra is found in Seneca’s play of the same name, which was well known in and had a significant impact on Elizabethan theater. Therefore, Phaedra is a plausible late 16th century English name.

Rúni inn írski. Name.

Sakurayama Tomoe. Badge. Per pale sable and gules, on a plate a drakkar gules.

Seónaid inghean mhic Aoidh. Badge. (Fieldless) Two tygers passant addorsed tails entwined Or.

Þráinn Steinsson. Name and device. Per chevron azure and sable, an owl displayed sustaining an axe and in base a crescent argent.

Submitted as Þráinn Steinson, the byname was not properly formed. Old Norse patronymic bynames use the genitive (possessive) form of the father’s name. We have corrected the name to Þráinn Steinssonfor registration.

Nice 9th-10th century Icelandic name!

There is a step from period practice for use of a bird other than an eagle in the displayed posture.

Tiffan Fairamay. Name and device. Per pale purpure and sable, a strawberry flower between three seeblätter in pall points outward argent.

The submitter requested authenticity for 14th century England. This name meets that request.

Wynflæd æt Hamtunscire. Device. Per chevron vert and azure, two pairs of needles in saltire argent and a badger rampant argent.

Artist’s note: Please draw the needles larger and bolder for greater identifiability.

Zipporah bas Yosef. Name change from Angharad verch Rees.

The submitter requested authenticity for 16th century Ashkenazic Jewish. This name meets that request; it appears to be authentic for 16th century Prague in particular.

The submitter’s previous name, Angharad verch Rees, is retained as an alternate name.

EAST returns

Asther de Perpinya. Badge. Per fess engrailed argent and azure, a Heneage knot inverted, ends terminating in serpents’ heads counterchanged vert and argent, issuant from dexter chief a demi-sun in his splendor gules and issuant from sinister chief a demi-moon in her plenitude purpure.

This device is returned for lack of documentation of the arrangement of the charges. No evidence was presented and none could be found for having two different kinds of charges issuant from different corners of a chief, as the sun and moon are in this submission.

This device is also returned for redraw. The counterchanged Heneage knot is not centered on the line of division, which is important to its counterchanging.

Concerns were raised in commentary whether or not this was overly pictorial. We decline to rule on the issue at this time; however, the submitter should address this issue if a similar design is resubmitted.

Elen Alswith of Eriskay. Badge. (Fieldless) A cross terminating in lozenges Or, overall a millrind argent.

This device is returned for lack of documentation of the primary charge. While there are numerous types of crosses in period heraldry, no documentation was provided and none could be found of crosses terminating in lozenges. Absent such documentation, the charge cannot be registered.

Upon resubmission, the submitter should draw both the cross and the millrind thicker, to avoid the appearance of thin-line heraldry.

Lavinia du Bois. Device. Sable, on a bezant a pantheon rampant sable mullety, in base a hand of Fatima Or.

This device is returned for use of a modern depiction of a hand of Fatima. Descriptions of appropriate depictions of hands of Fatima may be found on the February 2018 Cover Letter.

Lavinia du Bois. Badge. Sable, a hand of Fatima Or.

This device is returned for use of a modern depiction of a hand of Fatima. Descriptions of appropriate depictions of hands of Fatima may be found on the February 2018 Cover Letter.

This device is also returned for presumption with the protected arms of Isengard, Sable, a hand argent, and conflict with the device of Mia Sperling, Sable, a hand ermine, with one DC for change of tincture of the primary charge, and for conflict with the device of Logan of Logan, Sable, a sinister hand Or between three bezants one and two, with one DC for the removal of the secondary charges.

Margot de la Mer. Device. Per pale sable and gules, a demi-sun issuant from sinister, in canton a spool of thread argent.

This device is returned for violation of SENA Appendix J, which disallows “A design with charges only in sinister chief and in central base and variants (like in chief and dexter base).” In this design, the charges are in canton and in sinister, which is a clear variant of the two examples listed.

Phaedra de Vere. Device. Vert, a lily affronty argent within a bordure Or.

This device is returned for conflict with the badge of Rowan Perigrynne, Vert, a cinquefoil within a bordure argent. There is one DC for the tincture of the bordure. While a lily in profile is a trumpet-shaped flower, when it is affronty it loses its trumpet-shape and appears to be a sexfoil. We grant no difference between sexfoils and cinquefoils. Per the January 2004 return of the badge of Amaryllis Coleman, “…given the very close depictions and occasional interchangeability of both roses and cinquefoils in period, and of cinquefoils and sexfoils in period, we do believe that sexfoils should not be given difference from roses under RfS X.4.e.” The precedent was confirmed in the return of Anne of Saffronwalden, LoAR of Dec 2011.