Volume 6, Issue 6 -- November/December 2009 (A.S. XLIV)
Artwork credit: Maestra Julianna Fiorentini
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
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.
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
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.
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).
By Lord Sovány Barcsi János, Black Raven Herald
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.
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.
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”).
The following items have been returned for the stated reasons:
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.
Point of Fact
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!
Patricia of Trakai
This is Herald's Point, the newsletter for the members of the College of Heralds of Atlantia. Herald's Point is not a corporate publication of the Society for Creative Anachronism, Inc. (SCA) and does not delineate SCA policies. Herald's Point does delineate policies specific to the College of Heralds of the Kingdom of Atlantia. Copies of this newsletter are available from the Editor: Patricia of Trakai (Patty Daukantas), 7740 Lakecrest Drive, Greenbelt, MD 20770.