ANSTHRLD - Compass Star

Jodi McMaster jmcmaste at
Fri Jul 30 11:33:17 PDT 1999

Thanks so much for the info.  It sure helps in persuading the client to
take a different approach.


Amy & Bill Morris wrote:
> I argued against it in the past, however I can summarize the
> arguments.  The CHARGE has been ruled 'compatible with period
> practice'.  The WORDS 'compass star' are the way the College of Arms has
> chosen to refer to that charge, since we don't have a period term for
> the charge.
>    I should state that I am not opposed to passing charges that are
> compatible with period practice, I opposed the registration on the
> ground that a compass star is within artistic interpretation of a mullet
> of eight points, since period mullets were sometimes drawn with points
> of different sizes.
>   What signs or symbols were used to indicate North on a period map??
> The North Wind?? The word North??  Did maps have to have an indicator
> for North??
> Jodi McMaster wrote:
> >
> > This should stir the hornets.  I submitted "The House of the Compass
> > Star" for a client.  Both words are documentable to period, but not as
> > we use them.  The charge of a "Compass star" is a SCA invention.  It was
> > returned at kingdom because the term is not period.
> >
> > I have a feeling the client is going to want to appeal--I can see the
> > common sense argument of "How can you allow one but not the other?"
> >
> > So:     a) what would you tell the client if you were me? and
> >         b) what's your opinion of the argument?
> >
> > AElfwyn
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