[ANSTHRLD] [Fwd: Heraldry announcement for Commentary

Tim McDaniel tmcd at panix.com
Thu Jul 10 12:02:38 PDT 2008

On Thu, 10 Jul 2008, Kimberly Langhans <sarapenrose at yahoo.com> wrote:
> I actually kinda don't like that peers are able to include the
> symbols of their peerage in their arms. It seems to me like an
> invitation for people to turn their arms into a fluid, visual record
> of their awards

The long-standing term of art in the College of Arms is
"My Life On My Arms, a.k.a. 'I can't barcode my Social Security Number
on my device, but I'll come as close as I can'".

> (does anyone use them, BTW? I've never seen anyone with a pelican or
> knight's chain as part of their device)

I've seen it occasionally.  Where the reserved charges really come in
is with crowns/coronets.  I don't kvetch about crowns so much because
they're pretty common in period armory and can often be accommodated
more easily (e.g., an animal crowned or with a crown around its neck).

Dankyn de Linccolne
Tim McDaniel, tmcd at panix.com

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