[ANSTHRLD] A cross between two anchors and two compass stars

Emily Minier adalia.nyx at gmail.com
Thu Dec 2 09:03:47 PST 2010

Why not a cross between two compass stars and two anchors in saltire?

On Thu, Dec 2, 2010 at 10:24 AM, Tim McDaniel <tmcd at panix.com> wrote:

> It's best to keep the blazon during the discussion.
> "Quarterly sable and gules in bend two anchors Or, in bend sinister
> two compass stars and a cross throughout argent."
> Also, the subject line should have some reference to the blazon or the
> name, to distinguish this in the mailing list archives from all the
> other help requests.
> On Thu, 2 Dec 2010, Jillian Birtciel <saintesun at gmail.com> wrote:
>> I don't like including commas in a blazon...just a nitpicky quirk of
>> mine, but without the comma I just couldn't make that blazon read
>> right in my head.
> Tadhg Liath of Duncairn (former Star Principal Herald, long gone from
> the SCA) averred that punctuation in blazons can be as lethal as
> punctuation in legislation, and given his druthers, he would rather
> have eliminated them completely.  To go by
> http://www.college-of-arms.gov.uk/Grants.htm , that appears to be the
> practice of the English College of Arms (along with Another Boring
> Persona Story arms).
> Still, it can be occasionally useful to include commas, though it may
> also be an indication of non-period style.
> By convention, the SCA puts a comma after the field, if any.  In many
> other cases, a comma can be replaced by "and" or "within" or another
> word.  As written, the original blazon's "in bend sinister two compass
> stars and a cross throughout argent" could be read as saying that
> there are three charges in bend sinister (maybe leading to a far
> offset cross, I suppose).  I simply assumed that the cross is actually
> in its normal position in the center of the field -- if I'm wrong,
> please tell me, for there would be bigger problems.  Since centering
> it would normally make it the primary charge, it would be blazoned
> first.  Crosses are throughout by default.
> So I get
> Quarterly sable and gules, a cross argent between in bend two anchors
> Or and in bend sinister two compass stars argent.
> Daniel de Lindicolino
> --
> Tim McDaniel, tmcd at panix.com
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