(These are the FINAL Society-level decisions on submissions from the East, reflecting what has actually been registered or returned. – Mistress Alys Mackyntoich, Heraldry Editor)
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 May 2020 Wreath and Pelican meetings.
Akamatsu Katsumoto. Badge. (Fieldless) A punner bendwise sinister Or.
This device was pended for redraw on the January 2020 LoAR due to the use of a post-period depiction of a punner without documentation. Wreath staff provided new artwork approved by the submitter.
Alexander Krause. Device. Quarterly sable and purpure, a bear rampant contourny maintaining in its mouth a rose slipped and leaved argent.
This device was pended for redraw on the January 2020 LoAR due to the maintained rose being too small to identify. Wreath staff provided new artwork approved by the submitter.
We do not distinguish between garden roses and heraldic roses.
Arnleif the Red. Device. Or, on a bear passant gules a triskele argent.
The use of a triskele, or triskelion arrondi, is a step from period practice.
Brigid Halfdanardottir. Name.
Nice Icelandic name for circa 1400!
Colette d’Avignon. Name.
Submitted as Collette d’Avignon, the submitter requested authenticity for 14th century French. As submitted, the name did not meet that request because the spelling Collette was dated to the early 15th century. However, Jeanne Marie Noir Licorne found Colette dated to the very late 14th century, contemporaneous with the evidence of davignon found by Lillia Crampette. Accordingly, to meet the submitter’s authenticity request, we have changed the name to Colette d’Avignon.
Conchobar mac Óengusa. Badge. Per bend vert and azure, on a wolf salient argent a pearled coronet sable.
This badge was pended for redraw on the January 2020 LoAR due to the unblazonable orientation of the coronet which blurred the distinction between palewise and bendwise sinister. Wreath staff provided new artwork approved by the submitter.
The submitter is a court baron, and is thus entitled to display a coronet.
Cuthbert of Brom. Name.
The submitter requested authenticity for 12th century England. This name appears to meet this request. Cuthbert is a saint’s name and a prose Life of Saint Cuthbert was published in the late 12th century, indicating that he continued to be venerated during that time period. The spelling Brom for the place modernly known as Brome was used between 1156 and 1384 according to Watts.
Cuthbert of Brom. Household name Surtsstaðr (see RETURNS for badge).
Grigorii Dobryi. Device. Or, three goat’s heads erased and in chief a bridge of two spans sable.
Grigorii Dobryi. Badge. Or, a goat’s head erased between three roundels sable.
Guðþorn inn irski. Device. Per pale vert and argent, a stag’s head affronty erased and a chaplet of thorns counterchanged, a bordure sable.
This device was pended for redraw on the January 2020 LoAR due to visual confusion between the chaplet and a laurel wreath. Wreath staff has provided new artwork approved by the submitter.
Iriniia Mieszkowna. Device. Per pale azure and argent, two sparrows rising respectant counterchanged argent and sable.
This device is not in conflict with the device of Mathilde Meyer (January, 1985, East), Per pale azure and argent, two geese respectant enraged counterchanged. There is an SC between swan- and regular-shaped birds.
This device is not in conflict with the device of Ceri of Carmarthen (September, 1995, East), Per pale azure and argent, two martlets respectant counterchanged. There is a DC for change in posture and another DC for changing the tincture of half the primary group.
Iriniia Mieszkowna. Badge. (Fieldless) A sparrow rising contourny maintaining a chasing hammer and an artist’s paintbrush both inverted in saltire sable.
Katheryn Bluscichofs. Name.
Submitted as Katheryn Bluscichof_, the byname was not grammatically correct. When considering the registration of the identical German descriptive byname for a woman, we previously ruled:
Submitted as Elzebeth Bluscichof, the descriptive byname needs to be in either the feminine form or the genitive case. We have changed the name to Elzebeth Bluscichofin, a feminine form, to correct the grammar. Other alternatives would be Bluscichofyn (another feminine spelling), or the genitive forms Bluscichofen or Bluscichofs. [Elzebeth Bluscichofin, 1/2006 LoAR, A-Outlands]
In this case, the addition of the syllable -in is a major change that the submitter does not allow. Therefore, we have changed the byname to the genitive form Bluscichofs, which both fixes the grammar and is not a major change.
If the submitter prefers Katheryn Bluscichofin or Katheryn Bluscichofyn or Katheryn Bluscichofen, she may make a request for reconsideration.
Perez ben Meir Gershon. Name and device. Per pale gules and sable, on a pale purpure fimbriated a sun conjoined to a cup Or.
Originally submitted as “[…] a sun issuant from a cup […]”, the emblazon provided did not depict a heraldic form of issuant from, but it did present a reasonable depiction of conjoined to, and is blazoned as such. It should be noted that were it a demi-sun issuant from a cup, that would create a second tertiary group on the pale, which would require documentation to support an Individually Attested Pattern.
Artist’s note: Please increase the thickness of the fimbriation to improve visibility.
Wrguist mac Wrguist. Name and device. Azure, a crescent pendant surmounted by an arrow fracted in chevron inverted, in chief a mullet of four points elongated to base argent.
There is a step from period practice for the use of a mullet of four points elongated to base.
Cuthbert of Brom. Badge for Surtsstaðr. Per saltire sable and gules, on a flame Or a sword gules.
This item is returned for conflict with the badge of the Barony of the Flame, for their Order of the Flamberge (reg. Oct 1994 via the Middle), (Fieldless) A flamberge gules, hilted and the blade enflamed Or. While the barony’s badge only has flames around the blade, the hilt shares the same tincture and looks little more than a continuation of the flames. As such, there is only a DC for the field, and none for the difference between a gold flame charged with a red sword, and a red sword with gold hilt and gold flames.