ANSTHRLD - Compass Star
jmcmaste at accd.edu
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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