Herald's Point
The Occasional Journal for the College of Heralds of Atlantia

Volume 6, Issue 6 -- November/December 2009 (A.S. XLIV)

 

 

 

Artwork credit: Maestra Julianna Fiorentini

 

 

 
Mistress Rhiannon ui Neill, Triton Principal Herald, sends final and fondest of greetings!

 

At 12th Night, I will step down from being Triton, having completed another three years in this position. It has been my pleasure and honor to serve as your Fearless Leader™ and to have guided and instructed you. I look forward to my retirement, but will continue to be a herald and assist the CoH as best I can. Master Bran Trefonnen will be stepping up as my successor, and will do an excellent job! Please offer him all the support and assistance you have given me, as I shall be right there to assist him as well (and will know, if you are not playing nice! Don’t disappoint me!).

 

On the Golden Dolphin front, Lady Gisella von Kreuzbach will be training to succeed Mistress Alisoun as Submissions Herald for Atlantia. As that job is a little more complex and requires some extra training, she will be studying and working under Mistress Alisoun for a bit, and gradually taking over the duties to make a smooth and effective transition. For now, please continue to direct all submissions to Mistress Alisoun until such time as she and Triton tell you to make the switch.

 

Thank you to all heralds, submitters and most especially, to those who sit the throne of Atlantia, for their gracious support of both heraldry and the Atlantian College of Heralds.

 

I remain, in service to Atlantia and its Crown,

 

Mistress Rhiannon ui Neill

Triton Principal Herald

House Corvus, Atlantia

 

 


  

 A Word from the Newsletter Editor

 

Greetings unto all to whom these presents come from Lady Patricia of Trakai!
 
So, now you know who the new Triton Principal Herald and Golden Dolphin Submissions Herald will be! Vivant Master Bran and Lady Gise! Please do your best to assist them during the transition.
 
It will be up to our incoming Triton to decide what to do about this newsletter, but if asked to continue to serve, I will do so. In the meantime, for this month, Lord Janos has come through yet again with two contributions: an article about portraying heraldry in black-and-white publications and the first of what we hope will be a long series of "word search" puzzles with heraldic themes. Thank you, Lord Janos!
 
Finally, I've got the Laurel letters from June and July.
 
Please, if anyone has any comments about this newsletter, send them to me by any means possible! Even better would be article submissions -- hint, hint! This is your newsletter, not my private perch from which to pontificate. After all, I'm still only a Cornet! Most of you have much more experience with heraldry than I do, and your local group, your Kingdom, and your Society would benefit from your passing along your wisdom.
 
In service, 

Lady Patricia, Editor

 

 

Hatching and Tricking in Heraldry

By Lord Sovány Barcsi János, Black Raven Herald

 

Throughout history, heralds have struggled with the means of portraying the beautiful tinctures of heraldry in print, usually in black and white. Since the tinctures are integral to the design of heraldry, leaving them out presents a significant hindrance. However, creative folks in the past have overcome this by two different means of portraying tinctures using just black and white print.

 

The system called Hatching is barely period – it was first recorded in 1600 and took 60-70 years to mature – and portrays color through use of thin lines in various directions; however, it is too darned useful to ignore.

 

This method was first developed by a Flemish printer named Jan Baptist Zangrius in 1600. The one he developed then has not changed much and is still in use by modern-day heralds. Note that Zangrius did not have a hatching for Purpure – that did not emerge until 1638.

 


For those of you who, like me, are too lazy or are moving too fast to draw dozens of little lines inside a shield, there is always Tricking. Tricking is not what that guy does in your shire, when he registers one name and uses another (not than anyone would do that!), but it is a quick and easy means of recording the tinctures used in heraldry through abbreviations. Since it is based on the language in use, it varies by nation, although there is a “universal” system using planetary signs, I do not subscribe to it. For those of you who care about such things, Tricking is about 100 years older than Hatching and has remained in use while Hatching’s popularity has diminished.

 

Following are the English language abbreviations. I have listed my favorites first and recommend being consistent in using one or two letter abbreviations, for clarity’s sake.
 

Tincture           Abbreviation

Or                    Or or O

Argent             Ar or A

Gules               Gu or G

Azure              Az or B

Vert                 Vt or V

Sable               Sa or S

Purpure            Pu or P

 

 

Here is a quick and easy example to show how clear this system can be: This is Argent, a bend vert between two orgresses.
 

I am sure you will find that this is a quick and easy way to record sketches or to print heraldic insignia when full color printing/drawing is not an option.  I have found it useful on countless occasions and hope that you will, too.

 

References:

 

Most of this was drawn from years of using these systems; however, Wikipedia’s entries on Hatching and Tricking in Heraldry are well done and quite readable (this is not an endorsement of Wikipedia in general as a reference).

 


 
  Word Puzzle: Geometric Charges

By Lord Sovány Barcsi János, Black Raven Herald

 
 
 WORDS TO SEARCH FOR:          Billet            Orle
                                                        Shakefork    Gore
                                                        Base             Point
                                                        Roundel        Lozenge
                                                        Mullet            Canton
                                                        Fret               Rustre
 

 

Laurel Letter of Acceptances and Returns, June 2009
 
Unto the populace of Atlantia, greetings from Alisoun MacCoul of Elphane, Golden Dolphin Herald!
 
The Laurel Office has notified us of the results of its considerations at the meetings in June, 2009. The results for this meeting were contained in a letter from the Laurel Office received in Atlantia on 1 October, 2009.
 
ACCEPTANCES:
 
The following items were REGISTERED by the Laurel Office:

Agnes Daunce. Change of device. Or, an ewer azure and on a chief gules a staff bendy sinister Or and sable.

Angus of Bedford. Name.

Elyas Atwode. Name.

Esa Kirkepatrike. Change of device. Gules, a goblet between three hounds courant in annulo Or.

Giovan Donado. Change of name from Giovan Donato Falconieri.

Hidden Mountain, Barony of. Badge for the Award of the Azure Cloud. Per chevron argent and azure, two clouds azure.

Hidden Mountain, Barony of. Badge for the Award of the Crimson Cloud. Per chevron argent and gules, two clouds gules.

Hidden Mountain, Barony of. Badge for the Award of the Silver Cloud. Per chevron sable and Or, in chief two clouds argent.

Johanna von Sudeborn and Richard Wyn. Badge for Southwin Lodge. Sable, a pair of shears argent within an annulet Or.

Katheryn M’Kethirryke. Change of device. Per chevron azure and argent goutty de sang, two wolves combatant and a chief fleury argent.


Logan Blackwoulfe. Change of device. Quarterly gules and argent, a wolf rampant reguardant sable, crowned Or, between four crescents in saltire counterchanged, a bordure embattled sable.

Magdalene de Hazebrouck. Change of name from Magdalena de Hazebrouck.

Magdalene de Hazebrouck. Release of alternate persona name Madeline Flemyng.

Margaret Wolseley. Device. Vert, on a chief embattled argent three roundels azure.

Mungo Napier. Name (see RETURNS for device).

Sara Sinclair Napier. Name (see RETURNS for device).

Segehart Leutmericz. Name and device. Bendy Or and vert, a seagoat within a bordure argent. Because of a request for authenticity made by the submitter, the Laurel Office modified the byname in the submitted name of Segehart von Leitmeritz to the form Leutmericz found in the name of Petrus Leutmericz in a partially Latinized Bohemian record dated to 1380.

Wil Elmsford. Transfer of name and armory to Ysolt la Bretonne by inheritance. Vert, a unicorn's head couped between three quatrefoils barbed argent.

Ysolt la Bretonne. Acceptance of transfer of name and armory from Wil Elmsford by inheritance. Vert, a unicorn's head couped between three quatrefoils barbed argent.

Ysolt la Bretonne. Release of armory. Vert, a unicorn's head couped between three quatrefoils barbed argent.

 

RETURNS


The following items were returned for the stated reasons:


Achbar ibn Ali. Badge. Argent, on a fess vert a doumbek between two crescents argent. Unfortunately, the Laurel staff returned this badge because they felt that the doumbek was too small to be identifiable.


Hidden Mountain, Barony of. Order name for Order of the Green Mountain. This order name was returned for conflict with the Green Mountains in Vermont and the Revolutionary War military unit that took its name from those mountains, the Green Mountain Boys.


Mungo Napier. Device. Gules, a duck close contourny head elevated and on a chief argent three pheons inverted gules. Unfortunately, the Laurel staff ruled that the raised head of the duck was equivalent to the head position of “ululant” which had previously been ruled non-period and registerable only for a fox, a wolf or a dog (i.e., canine beasts) and therefore any design in which the head of the duck was raised in this manner would be unregisterable.


Sara Sinclair Napier. Device. Azure, a duck naiant head elevated and on a chief Or three pheons inverted gules. Unfortunately, the Laurel staff ruled that the raised head of the duck was equivalent to the head position of “ululant” which had previously been ruled non-period and registerable only for a fox, a wolf or a dog (i.e., canine beasts) and therefore any design in which the head of the duck was raised in this manner would be unregisterable.


Your servant,

Alisoun
 

 
Laurel Letter of Acceptances and Returns, July 2009
 
Unto the populace of Atlantia, greetings from Alisoun MacCoul of Elphane, Golden Dolphin Herald!
 
The Laurel Office has notified us of the results of its considerations at the meetings in July, 2009. The results for this meeting were contained in a letter from the Laurel Office received in Atlantia on 1 November, 2009.
 
ACCEPTANCES:
 
The following items were REGISTERED by the Laurel Office:
 

Aldyth the Gentle.

Name and device. Per bend sinister argent and azure, a crab vert and an eagle argent.

 

Aleit de la Thomme.

Change of name from Tamsin Longshanks.

 

Beata Lyndon of Taylorwood.

Device. Per pale vert and argent, a tree couped and on a chief three seeblätter counterchanged.

 

Derbáil ingen Lonáin.

Badge. (Fieldless) In pale a bat displayed sable sustaining in its claws an ankh Or.

 

Glaukos the Athenian.

Change of name from Rowan of Needwood. As requested, his old name has been retained as an alternate persona name.

 

Jannes van den Oudenbergen.

Name and device. Per fess indented purpure mulletty Or and Or, in base an oak tree eradicated proper fructed Or.

 

Lillian Hawkins.

Name.

 

Neel Walais.

Name.

 

Ormr Hjálmólfsson.

Name.

 

Philip ap Griffith.

Badge. (Fieldless) In pale a fess couped conjoined to a triangle sable.

 

Sorcha inghean Mhic Eaghráin.

Name and device. Per fess Or and per pale gules and azure, in pale a demi-sun sable and a sheaf of spoons Or. The Laurel Office modified the name from Sorcha inghean Eachráin because feeling that the genitive Eachráin dated to after 1600 and that the documentation better supported the form of the byname in inghean Mhic (“daughter of the son of”) rather than inghean (“daughter of”).

 

 

RETURNS:

 

The following items have been returned for the stated reasons:

 

Hroði Hrólfsson.

Name. Unfortunately, the Laurel Office returned this name for conflict with the registered Society name of Hrothgar Hrolfsson, since it considered Hroði to be a diminutive of Hrothgar and the rules consider diminutives of given names to conflict with the underlying given name even if the diminutive looks and sounds significantly different.

 

Talitha of Avalon.

Name. The Laurel Office returned this name for combining the English preposition of in the same phrase as the French place name Avalon, even though the Laurel precedent allowing the use of the place name Avalon was set in the name of Rowena of Avalon.

 

Your servant,

Alisoun

 

  

Point of Fact

 
Heralds' "creation ceremonies" are known from the 14th century onward, and became more elaborate with time. Only a sovereign or the sovereign's deputy could perform such an investiture. For more information, check out http://heraldry.sca.org/laurel/heralds_history.html.
 

 

Heraldry is an art as old as Henry II and Eleanor of Aquitaine, and as young as the newest submission. I welcome you to join in exploring it with your colleagues, the heralds of Atlantia -- this is your journal. If you have always wanted to write an article that would be read by every Atlantian herald, or if you have a question you would like to ask of all the heralds of Atlantia, send me a message at Patoodle AT aol DOT com! I prefer that any articles or other messages come as plain text (ASCII), as opposed to HTML or some other format. Thank you!

 

  

In Service, 

Patricia of Trakai

 
 

 

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