Kingdom of Atenveldt
Unto Their Royal Majesties Edward and Asa; Duchess Elzbieta Rurikovskaia, Aten Principal Herald; the Heralds in the Atenveldt College of Heralds; and to All Whom These Presents Come,
Greetings from Marta as tu Mika-Mysliwy, Parhelium Herald!
This is the February 2008 Atenveldt Letter of Presentation. It precedes the external Letter of Intent that will contain the following submissions that are presented here, asking questions of submitters and local heralds who have worked with them; if these questions are not addressed, the submission may be returned by the Atenveldt College of Heralds. I accept online commentary, in addition to questions pertaining to heraldry and consultation. The last day for commentary on the submissions considered for the January 2008 Letter of Intent is 25 February 2008.
Submissions Website: You can send electronic commentary on the most recent internal LoIs through the site, in addition to any questions you might have. Current submission forms (the ONLY forms that can be used) can be found on the site. Please let your local populace know about the site, too: atensubmissions.nexiliscom.com.
October 2007 Letter of Acceptance and Return: Atenveldt submissions that were acted upon in the October 2007 LoAR (appearing the 29 June 2007 Atenveldt Letter of Intent) appear at the end of this report.
Please consider the following submissions for the February 2008 Atenveldt Letter of Intent:
Brandan der Wanderer von Arnswold (Mons Tonitrus): NAME and DEVICE RESUBMISSION from Laurel, June 2007
Per bend azure and vert, a bend raguly on the upper edge and in sinister chief a hawk's head erased argent.
The original name name submission, Arenvald the Wanderer, was returned for containing two bynames and no given name, a violation of RfS III.2.a. The client has reworked the name into a completely German name. Brandan is a masculine given name found in "Late Period German Masculine Given Names: Names from 15th Century Arnsburg," Talan Gwynek ( http://www.s-gabriel.org/names/talan/germmasc/arnsburg15.html ). Wanderer is the German word for "wanderer, hiker" (Langenscheidt's German-English English-German Dictionary, Pocket Books, NY, 1973). In the return of the original name submission, it was noted by the College of Arms that "Brechenmacher under Arnswald(e) has Arneswold dated to 1358 and Arnswold dated to 1400, both as surnames." He would like to use Arnswold as a locative placename (I don't know if it is a locative, but he is easy to contact, in the event that it is better as a simple surname rather than a locative.) The client is willing to drop der from the name, or to drop der Wanderer altogether.
The original device submission, Per bend raguly azure and vert, in sinister chief a hawk's head erased argent., was returned for onflict with two of James Addison of Woolpit's badges, Per fess embowed-counter-embowed azure and argent, in sinister chief a dove's head erased argent and Per bend azure and argent, in sinister chief a dove's head erased argent. In each case there is a CD for changes to the field. However, there is not a CD for placement of the bird's heads since James's dove's heads cannot be on the argent portion of the badges. A comparison of the emblazons shows insufficient difference to grant a CD between a hawk's head and a dove's head. (I believe that James has passed away, so we cannot seek permission to conflict.) Adding the bend raguly on the upper edge clears those conflicts. Again, the client is willing, if need be, to make the bend raguly, to change the line of division, the direction of the bird's head, or other possible changes – he wants to get a device registered!
Godfrey of Argyle (Windale): DEVICE RESUBMISSION from Laurel, August 2007
Quarterly gules and sable, a quadrant and in chief a pair of shackles conjoined by a chaing fesswise Or.
The name was registered August 2007
The original submission, Quarterly gules and vert, a quadrant and in chief a pair of shackles conjoined by a chain fesswise Or., was returned "as the emblazon in OSCAR does not match the form sent to Laurel. The drawings are different enough that potential problems with the depiction of the shackles could not be addressed. We note that the shackles as shown in OSCAR are a much better depiction than those on the forms and recommend that that version of the emblazon be used in resubmission." The client likes the original design but he wishes to change the field from Quarterly gules and vert... to Quarterly gules and sable...
Jost Brandolf von Luck (Twin Moons): NEW NAME and DEVICE
Quarterly gules and sable, crusilly cross-crosslet fitchy throughout Or, a badger rampant argent.
Jost is a masculine given name, a form of the of the Breton saint Jodocus, found in several German dialects; it is found in 1294, 1298, 1346, and 1508, in Franconian, Low Saxon, and Alemannic dialects (Bahlow, Hans, Deutsches Namenlexikon : Familien- und Vornamen nach Ursprung und Sinn erklaert (Frankfurt am Main : Suhrkamp Taschenbuch Verlag, 1985, 1990). s.n. Jost; Brechenmacher, Josef Karlmann, Etymologisches Woerterbuch der deutschen Familiennamen (Limburg a. d. Lahn, C. A. Starke-Verlag, 1957-1960). s.nn. Eichstett(er), Jo(o)s, Jost; and Socin, Adolf, Mittelhochdeutsches Namenbuch. Nach oberrheinischen Quellen des 12. und 13. Jahrhunderts (Basel: Helbing & Lichtenhahn, 1903; Hildesheim: Georg Olms Verlagsbuchhandlung, 1966). p. 25). This is all summarized in Saint Gabriel report 2383 ( http://www.panix.com/~gabriel/public-bin/showfinal.cgi/2383.txt ). Brandolf is the Anglo-Scandanavian form of the Norwegian masculine given name Brandulfr, c. 1400, according to the Viking Answer Lady's "Old Norse Men's Names" ( www.Vikinganswerlady.com/ONMensNames.shtml ). von Luck (also von Lũck) is a German surname found in RootsWeb's WorldConnect Project; a Kaspar von Luck was married in 1468. ( http://worldconnect.rootsweb.com/cgi-bin/igm.cgi?op=GET&db=lseverin&id=120423 ; this citation routed back to the home page and wouldn't let me access the site without a "free trial," but I have hardcopies of the page). The client desires a male name, is most interested in the sound of the name, and wishes it to be authentic for the language and/or cultre for the Holy Roman Empire, 1300-1400. He is willing to drop Brandolf in order to register the name.
Ragnarr skinnskrifari í Bládrekafirði (Atenveldt): NAME RESUBMISSION from Kingdom, October 2001
The name is Old Norse. Ragnarr is a masculine given name found in "Viking Names found in the Landnámabók," Aryanhwy merch Catmael
( http://www.ellipsis.cx/~liana/names/norse/landnamabok.html ). The byname literally means "skin painter" (the client is a tattooist by profession). Skinn, "skin, fur," is found in the Glossary of An Introduction to Old Norse, Second Edition, E.V. Gordon (Clarendon Press, Oxford, 1966). Skinna- "skin, fur-trader," and heljarskinn, "swarthy-skin," are found in "Viking Bynames found in the Landnámabók," Aryanhwy merch Catmael
( http://www.ellipsis.cx/~liana/names/norse/vikbynames.html ), demonstrating both the use of descriptive (skin type) and occupational (trader) elements for bynames. Skrifari, "painter" (also "writer") is found in A Concise Dictionary of Old Icelandic, Geir T. Zoëga (Clarendon Press, Oxford); skinn is also found in this source. The locative, "from Blue Dragon Fjord," has elements found in Zoëga's work: blár, "blue"; dreki, "dragon,"; and fjŏrðr, "fjord, firth, inlet." í is the preposition, "from," used with local names (this entry shows the declension of fjŏrðr to firði).
While Kolfinna Raudulfr's name was returned in June 2007 for a byname that used a construction of <color> + <animal> ("red wolf"), a pattern that has yet to be proven as a period formation of bynames used in ON in period, here, the "color-animal" construction is used as a coined locative. (Of course, it would be good to find a period place name in Iceland or any of the Norse regions that demonstrated this. The client desires a male name, and is most interesting in the meaning "Ragnar Skin-painter from Blue Dragon Fjord," and the language/culture (Old Norse) of the name.
Shonna Dennyng (Twin Moons): NEW DEVICE
Per bend sinister Or and gules, a trefoil know and a chief vert.
The name was registered August 2007.
Simon de Rouen (Twin Moons): NEW DEVICE
Per bend gules and purpure, in pale three hautbois bendwise within a bordure Or.
The name was registered December 2005.
Tangwistel Corista (Twin Moons): NEW NAME
The name is Welsh, "Tangwistel the Singer." Both elements are found in "A Simple Guide to Constructing 13th Century Welsh Names," Tangwystyl verch Morgant Glasvryn ( http://www.s-gabriel.org/names/tangwystyl/welsh13.html ). The client wants a female name, and in most interested in the language/culture of the name (Welsh). A simple and elegant name (even pronounceable!).
Valora Tou Ayiva (Barony of Atenveldt): NEW NAME and DEVICE
Counter-ermine, a pegasus segreant and a bordure dovetailed argent.
No payment was received with these submissions.
Valora is said to be Latin for "valor or valorous." Tou Ayiva is said to be Greek for "of Aegina," with Aegina a small island in the Saronic Gulf in Greece. Absolutely no documentation was received for either element of the name. (The client is being championed in the upcoming Crown Lists; this is not how to make a submission in order to quality for the Lists, or any other time, providing no documentation for a name.) The closest "valorous" name I can find in Latin on quick notice is Valerius/Valeria. Aegina is an island in the Saronic Gulf ( http://www.aeginagreece.com/ ), but one year of Classical Greek in my freshman year of college doesn't help in knowing if the construction of the byname is correct (at first glance, I find the G to Y, and the N to V shifts very implausible). Valeria appears as a feminine name among the Roman aristocracy in the early Byzantine period ("Common Names of the Aristocracy in the Roman Empire During the 6th and 7th Centuries," Bardas Xiphias, http://www.sca.org/heraldry/laurel/names/byzantine/early_byz_names.html ). The client desires a female name.
The following submissions appear in the January 2008 Atenveldt Letter of Intent:
This month's commentary is provided by Aryanhwy merch Catmael [AmC], Grainne the Red [GR], Maridonna Benvenuti [MB], Taran the Wayward [TW] and Marta as tu Mika-Mysliwy [MMM].
Angeline de Jebal Tariq (Sundragon): NEW NAME and DEVICE: Argent, a chevron throughout gules between two crosses moline and a horse salient contourny azure.
Atenveldt, Kingdom of: NEW BADGE: Per fess azure and Or, a sun counterchanged.
The name was registered "at some point." This is a badge for the use of the populace. There are a number of near-misses, but it seems clear of conflict.
Atenveldt, Kingdom of: NEW BADGE: Or, on a fess azure between a wolf passant and another passant contourny gules, three fireballs Or.
The name was registered "at some point."
Atenveldt, Kingdom of: NEW BADGE: Or, a saltire azure between in pale two phoenixes gules and in fess two fireballs sable, enflamed gules.
The name was registered "at some point."
Catyln O'Sullivan (Twin Moons): NEW DEVICE and BADGE
Per bend vert and argent, a sheaf of three arrows and a horse passant counterchanged.
(Fieldless) A horse passant vert charged upon the shoulder with a sheaf of three arrows argent.
(badge) Consider Duncan Kerr: (Fieldless) A horse passant gules charged on the shoulder with a cross couped argent. There's one point for change of color of the horse, one for change of type of the secondary--clear if my counts are correct. [TW, GR] Aryanhwy and I correct the count a bit: 1 CD for fieldlessness, 1 CD for the horse. This makes it clear. There might be an issue of not having enough cumulative changes to the tertiary charges, if the sheaf of arrows is considered a single charge (one sheaf vs. 1 cross) rather than multiple charges (three arrows vs. one cross); were the former the case, we wouldn't get a CD for the tertiary differences (I think that that would be the case); however, we already have the two CD we need to avoid conflict. [MMM]
Consider Moyra MacColla. Ermine, a horse passant contourny vert.; one for field, one for direction of the horse, one for the secondary charge (clear). [TW] Other than when a charge is completely placed on another charge, it becomes a tertiary (like the sheaf of arrows here), the count is correct and this is clear. [MMM] Aryanhwy says it best: There isn't any secondary in either badge; the charge which lies on the horse is a tertiary. According to X.4.j.i, there isn't a CD for changing just the type of a tertiary charge when the underlying charge is complex. But Catlyn's badge is still clear of Duncan -- the second CD comes from fieldlessness (X.4.a.iii).
I have redrawn the horse slightly so that the tail is clear of the hind legs. [MMM]
Dubhchobhlaigh inghean Eoin O'hEalaighthe (Aten Highlands): NAME RESUBMISSION from Laurel, December 2006, and DEVICE RESUBMISSION from Laurel, July 2007
Vert, a fleece and in base two filled drop spindles in fess argent.
The original name, Aoife inghean Eoin gabha, was returned becaseu the given name is not registerable; only legendary women, not humans in period, were associated with this name.
This is a complete reworking of the name. Dubhchobhlaigh is an Early Modern Irish Gaelic feminine name, first dated in 1008 and running through 1532. Eoin is an Early Modern Irish Gaelic masculine name, first dated in 1246 and running through 1600. Both of these elements are found in "Index of Names in Irish Annals," Mari Elspeth nic Bryan ( http://www.medievalscotland.org/kmo/AnnalsIndex/ ). O'hEalaighthe is found in Irish Genealogy Online website, a variant of Healy ( http://www.irishgen.com/surnames/details.asp?surname_id=133 ). I would guess that the particle for the clan affiliation ought to be Uí. The client desires a female name, and is most interested in the meaning and the language/culture (Irish Gaelic) of the name. She will name accept major changes to the name.
The original device submission, Vert, a "fleece" and in base two filled drop spindles in fess argent., was returned for a redraw because the primary charge was not a fleece - a fleece has no body, it should be limp. We might have blazoned it a ram but that would not account for the belt and loop it is wearing. The fleece issue has been resolved.
Dylan Bond MacLeod (Granite Mountain): DEVICE RESUBMISSION from Laurel, July 2007
Or, five scarpes gules between two Hungerford knots sable.
The name was registered April 1994.
The original submission, Or, five scarpes gules between two Hungerford knots sable., was returned "as the emblazon in OSCAR does not match the form sent to Laurel: the knots depicted in OSCAR are better drawn than those on the form." (Don't say anything....don't say anything...don't say anything...) The problem has been rectified.
Elizabeth ingen Iames (Twin Moons): NEW NAME and DEVICE: Azure, a chevron inverted argent charged with three dragonflies palewise gules and in chief a wolf passant argent.
<ingen Iames> violates RfS III.1.a by combining Gaelic and Scots in the same phrase. Since she cares most about the spelling <Iames>, I would recommend simply dropping <ingen>, since <Elizabeth Iames> is an absolutely lovely Scots feminine name. I found no conflicts. [AmC] The name will be included in the January LoI as Elizabeth Iames. [MMM]
Fergus MacInnes (Sundragon): NEW DEVICE: Sable, eight oars conjoined at their handles and fanned to base and in chief a cannon reversed Or, a bordure argent.
Consider: Balin the Fairhaired Sable, an oar Or.; 1cd for number of oars, 1 cd for the cannon. [TW]
Heile Kozak (Twin Moons): NEW NAME and DEVICE: Or, a butterfly azure within an orle vert.
Consider: Katarina la Juste Or, a butterfly within a bordure azure. I'm not certain on this one. At this point, do we give 1cd for removal of the bordure, and 1cd for addition of the orle? [TW, GR] No, this is a change in type -- a CD per X.4.e. This, in addition to the change in the tincture of the peripheral, means it's clear. [AmC]
Julianna Wilkins (Sundragon): DEVICE RESUBMISSION from Laurel, September 2007
Per chevron throughout argent and purpure, two trees eradicated proper and a bat-winged cat sejant argent maintaining a rapier proper.
The name was registered April 2007.
The original submission, Argent, a tree eradicated proper, in chief an owl striking affronty gules, all within a bordure per saltire vert and purpure., was returned for multiple issues. This is a complete redesign.
Katheline van Weye (Sundragon): NEW JOINT BADGE with Ryan Dollas: (Fieldless) On a brown mount proper, a windmill vert, sailed purpure.
Katheline's name was registered June 2001; Ryan's name was registered November 2003.
Perhaps "an earthen mound proper"?
I don't see anything that conflicts with the windmill alone--is the mount a stylistic choice? I agree with the idea of "earthen mound proper" as a way to distinguish--but from what I can see, it appears that there is vegetation on that mound as well. Not sure what will happen at Laurel. [TW] I've rearranged the blazon a little, since the windmill is the most important feature on it; it will appear on the Letter of Intent as (Fieldless) A windmill vert, sailed purpure, issuant from an earthen mound proper. [MMM]
Mitsuhide Shinjirō (Barony of Atenveldt): NEW NAME and DEVICE: Gules, on a fess wavy sable fimbriated five roundels in annulo argent.
Consider Douglas Brownbeard of Hvitamyrr: Vert, a fess wavy sable fimbriated argent, and in chief a lion couchant argent.; 1cd for field tincture, 1 for removal of the lion, and 1 for addition of the roundels. [TW] This would be counted as 1 CD for the field, and 1 CD for the cumulative differences in the tertiaries (one lion vs. five roundels), but yet, this is clear. Also, the family name was misspelled on the January LoP and should be Mitsuhide, as seen here. [MMM]
Raven Mayne (Sundragon): NEW JOINT BADGE with Tvoislava Michelovna: Per pall inverted gules, sable and argent, in pale a decrescent argent and a gout de sang.
Reynier de Vriere (Tir Ysgithr): NEW NAME and DEVICE: Vert, a pale and a chief ermine.
Both elements of the name are found in "Names from Bruges 1400-1600," Loveday Toddekyn ( http://www.s-gabriel.org/docs/bruges/ ). Reynier is first cited in 1479. de Vriere is found in a 1550-1600 list. The client wants a male name and is most interested in the language/culture.
Sándor A Makacs (Tir Ysgithr): NEW NAME and DEVICE: Per bend sinister sable crusilly patonce Or, and azure, two legless dragons erect respectant, tails entwined and four wolves' teeth issuant from sinister argent.
Willahelm Greywolf (Sundragon): NEW NAME and DEVICE: Argent, in bend a dog's head erased contourny sable and dog's head erased gules, a bordure embattled per bend sinister gules and sable.
Jan Jonsjo's Middle English Nicknames, Compounds, CWK Gleerup, isbn 9140046982 mentions: S.n. Gragris 'grey pig'. Ric. Gragris c1295, Thom. (Rol.) Gragris c1295, Thom. Gragris 1317-27; and S.n. Gralamb c1295 'grey lamb'. [MB]
The combination of German and English name elements is one step from period practice; I don't know if that holds true for Old German and English elements. While no conflicts were called on the device, I have redrawn it to make the bordure wider and the embattlements deeper. [MMM]
The following submissions are returned for further work by the Atenveldt College of Heralds, January 2008:
Jakob Jotun Bjarnson (Sundragon): NEW NAME and DEVICE: Or, a bear's paw print gules and a chief indented sable.
As mentioned last month, the only citation given for name documentation is one completely in Swedish and useless to me. Some ferreting around in Scandnavian name papers at the MNA does find Jacob as a late period masculine name. Almost everywhere, the name tends to be spelled in this fashion; there is a Jakob dated to 1581 in "Medieval German Given Names from Silesia," Talan Gwynek ( http://www.s-gabriel.org/names/talan/bahlow/ ), but even in German, Jacob is the far more popular spelling. I can find jotunn in An Introduction to Old Norse, Second Edition, E.V. Gordon, as the word for "giant," and there's a term jotun-móðr, "giant's rage." (The o in jotun/jotunn has what appears to be a "reversed" cedilla hanging from it.) I don't know if this would be considered too much of an allusion to someone claiming to be a non-human creature (although we have a few German names registered, like Michel der Riese, "Michael the Giant," that is merely describing the gentleman's large size). There is a Jotun-Eiríkr Bjarnason registered in August 1990, which must mean "giant/gigantic Erik," so perhaps the epithet is plausible (perhaps if formed in the same way, as Jotun-Jakob). I think that Bjarnson might be a late period form of Bjarnarson, which is the usual patronymic construction. Since there is a conflict with the device, I'm holding the name to find out just what the client wants and to see what (hopefully English) documentation he can provide.
Consider Artemas Maximus: Or, a bear's paw print gules.; 1cd for the chief--conflict. [TW] Yup, definitely a conflict. [AmC]
Name and Device RETURNED for clarification and conflict.
The following submissions were registered by the SCA College of Arms, October 2007:
This was registered in October 1988 with the blazon Argent, a bend sinister embattled vert between an eagle displayed and in saltire a battleaxe and a carpenter's hammer sable. No documentation for the charge was presented at the time, and the term has proven ambiguous and unnecessary. Since the charge is a heraldic mallet under another name, we have amended the blazon as an aid to future conflict checkers.
Argyll is the submitter's legal given name. His old name, Archibald MacPherson of Argyll, is released.
Chevron Herald has found several period examples of arms with a charge between the horns of a crescent. In particular, the Lindsay Armorial, 1542, shows the coats of "Cathkart lord of Cathkart", Azure, three crosses crosslet fitchy issuant from as many crescents argent, and of "Monypeny Lord Monypeny", Gules, three crosses crosslet fitchy issuant from as many crescents argent. The crosses occupy the same relation to their crescents as this slipped rose does here. There is also the civic coat of Monheim, 1605, Argent, in pale a mullet of six points between the horns of a crescent moon gules [Siebmacher 224]. We found no examples of a crescent completely encircling a charge - but having a charge between a crescent's horns, even extending outward as here, seems well within period heraldic style. While the device has a complexity count of nine - three charges (rose, crescent, and bordure) in six tinctures (argent, gules, vert, Or, azure, and sable) - the documentation for the motif cited above, and the simple symmetric design, allow us to waive the rule of thumb outlined in RfS VIII.1.a here.
Aurien Chimerstome. Reblazon of device. Per chevron vert and Or, a winged bull statant argent and a pomegranate gules slipped and leaved vert. When registered in January 1981 with the blazon Per chevron vert and Or, a winged bull statant, tail sufflexed, argent, and a pomegranate proper, the slipping and leaving was omitted from the blazon. While pomegranates are frequently found slipped and leaved, that is not their default. We have also reblazoned the pomegranate's tinctures to make them more readily accessible.
When registered in June 1973 with the blazon Per pale Or and gules, a swan counterchanged, the posture of the swan was omitted from the blazon. When a posture is not specified, a swan is rousant, not naiant.
When registered in August 1991 with the blazon Argent, two lizards in fess purpure, the lizards' tergiant posture was omitted from the blazon.
Deletha is the submitter's legal given name. The submitter asked if there was a more typical Scots spelling of the word of. Effric Neyn Ken3ocht Mcherrald notes: Both <of> and <off> are perfectly normal Scots spellings for the 13th and 14th centuries. The DSL-DOST (<http://www.dsl.ac.uk/>), s.v. of <<http://www.dsl.ac.uk/dsl/getent4.php?plen=86167&startset=42774965&query=Of&fhit=off&dregion=form&dtext=dost> >, says "The most common spelling at all dates (and in nearly all texts) is of. The spelling off occurs also throughout the period in most or all senses and is rather common in certain early texts."
Her old name, Catlin of Anandyrdale, is released.
Submitted as Felicie de Montbard, the submitter requested a name authentic for 12th C Burgundy/France. The spelling Felicie is documented from the "ARAGON" section of the "Foundation for Medieval Genealogy" page (http://fmg.ac/Projects/MedLands/ARAGON%20&%20CATALONIA.htm). While this site does examine primary sources to determine relationships, and even quotes a large amount of original material, the header forms are almost always standard modern forms appropriate to the bearer's country of origin. The same page provides this Latin passage about the woman listed as Felicie: "Sancius rex Aragonensium...cum filio meo Petro et uxore mea regina...Felicia" (Sancho, king of Aragon, with my son Pedro and my wife and queen Felicia). Felicia is the expected Latin form for this name. For the surname, Dauzat and Rostaing, Dictionnaire Etymologique des Noms de Lieux de la France s.n. Mons, p. 466, column 2, dates the spelling Montbar (a form of Montbard) to 1096. We have changed the name to Felicia de Montbar, a form of the name appropriate for a Latin document from France in the 12th C, to fulfill the submitter's authenticity request. We note that the OSCAR emblazon had the flamingo of a lighter pink than the form sent to Laurel. The submission form has the bird in a dark "flamingo pink", which has been ruled a color (v. Marion Baggeputz, February 2007), so it's acceptable. At this time we are not returning items for tincture mismatch between the form and the OSCAR emblazon; however, we remind submissions heralds that the OSCAR emblazon should accurately reflect the submitted armory.
The use of a pawprint is a step from period practice.
Submitted under the name Joan Doe.
Nice 13th C Latinized English name.
When registered in November 1993 with the blazon Per pale azure and vert, two peacocks in their pride, heads respectant, in base a pomegranate Or, the slipping was omitted from the blazon. While pomegranates are frequently found slipped and leaved, that is not their default.
His old name, Malkolm Tay, is released.
Robert Strongbow. Reblazon of device. Vert, a wolf rampant argent maintaining in its dexter forepaw a sheaf of three arrows Or, barbed and flighted argent, and sustaining in its sinister forepaw in chief a bow fesswise gules.
Registered in June 1973 with the blazon Vert, a wolf rampant argent, grasping in its erect sinister forepaw a bow gules, held fesswise, and in its dexter forepaw a sheaf of three clothyard shafts Or, armed and flighted argent, the blazon did not make clear the sustained and maintained nature of the "held" charges. We've corrected this, as well as regularized the blazon of the arrows.
The irises of the eyes touch the outer edges at two points only; for the purposes of contrast, they may be considered argent with red spots. The eyes thus have good contrast with the vert lozenges. [That's what we said: the eyes have it.]
Please instruct the submitter that the crosses should be strewn approximately evenly over the field. He should be aware that many artists will place one or more of the crosses over the line of division.
When registered in October 2002 with the blazon Purpure, two dolphins haurient respectant argent and on a chief embattled Or three pomegranates vert seeded gules, the slipping and leaving was omitted from the blazon. While pomegranates are frequently found slipped and leaved, that is not their default.
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