March 1980 =
I'm having trouble parsing this blazon:
Sofya Volkovna of Novgorod
The following device associated with this name was registered in March of 1980 (via Caid):
Per pale counter-ermine and ermine, in pale a wolf's head erased Or, maintaining in its jaws a torch bendwise proper, between two bezants.
* Either the name or the following badge associated it (or both) were registered in March of 1971: Azure, a sun eclipsed, winged Or.
Looking at the image in the files, it's hard to see a sun here at all. I'd blazon this as "Azure, a roundel sable winged Or."
* Owen doesn't recognize the term 'cloee'. Context suggests it's artistic detailing. ??
Per Brooke-Little/Scott?-Giles, _Boutell's Heraldry_ p. 56, this is probably supposed to be "cloué", that is, "nailed".
Istvan: This is stored under "Kay Gwenhwyfar of Locksley" in the '85 scans. Guled field. Wooden Y. There are nails in the wood, which is what makes it raguly. I do not think the nails are 'sable'. I think they're wood colored.
JML: the nails are sable - there are three of them, the things on the side are branches, not nails (and yes, those are wood).
There's a typo here ("andargent"), and while it's being fixed, this should probably be made "Per bend sinister azure and argent, a bear's head erased argent and in bend sinister three fir trees palewise vert".
Herveus: The typo was a transcription error and is fixed. The proposed reblazon needs to go through the normal process of reblazoning.
JML: No need to reblazon - the "and" is optional, there's a comma there.
AmC?: There is a need to reblazon, because of the typo: "andargent" is not valid blazonry.
This probably needs to be reblazoned as "...on a chevron sable fimbriated Or...", and recategorized in the OandA? as well. It's currently listed under Or chevrons, when it should be more properly listed under sable.
Having checked the emblazon, the rose and snake are definitely coprimaries. I'm not sure how I would change the blazon to specify this, though.
...but the indexing has them as a group of two primaries.
The hide is actually throughout; see
Not terribly important, but this is the sole case of "a semy" (in any spelling) in the OandA?, and it might be nice to eradicate it.
JML: not worth the trouble.
* The following badge associated with this name was registered in August of 1986 (via the West): Sable, three natural reindeer's heads in pall, necks conjoined, within a bordure Or.
A check of the DVD shows that these heads are 'contourny', which should be blazoned.
The bordure probably needs to be reblazoned as "_per pale_ gules and sable".
The Letter of Intent dated July 29, 1999, from AEthelmearc blazoned the mallet as "a mallet fesswise argent." The mallet is drawn fesswise head to dexter on the emblazon. The default orientation of a regular hammer (not a Thor's hammer) is head to chief. It would seem that the word "fesswise" was dropped in error.
JML: Not an error - long objects default to fesswise on a chief; I'd consider a hammer to fall into this category.
Barbara of Arklow. Name and device. Purpure, a pale argent, in fess three leaves palewise counterchanged.
This is a misleading blazon. It should be
Purpure, on a pale between two leaves argent a leaf purpure.
The discussion said nothing about the curious blazon that conflates the secondary and tertiary leaves into a single group.
AmC?: This type of blazon has been used before: "*Meadowmarsh, Shire of. Or, a pale azure, overall in fess three towers counterchanged within a laurel wreath vert. NOTE: Nice heraldry." (LoAR 02/1984) and "Klement St. Christoph. Badge. Azure, a pale argent, in fess three trefoils slipped counterchanged." (LoAR 11/1985) I find on a quick check.
Herveus: The blazon style has not been used in recent memory. Those two citations are over twenty years old, so I place no great stock in them. This one is fresh and ought not be using this confusing blazon style.
Istvan: perhaps, to discourage this practice, we should reblazon those items which use this style of blazon?
JML: I'm not inclined to reblazon the armory at this time.
Sofya Volkovna of Novgorod
The following device associated with this name was registered in March of 1980 (via Caid): Per pale counter-ermine and ermine, in pale a wolf's head erased Or, maintaining in its jaws a torch bendwise proper, between two bezants.