[ANSTHRLD] Azure, on a bend sinister Or three mullets sable, a bordure Or

Jennifer Smith jds at randomgang.com
Tue May 17 08:31:09 PDT 2011

Daniel has good advice, as usual. I'm not going to conflict check it
(although it wouldn't be too terribly difficult to check, and thus I
leave it as an exercise for the reader), but I would suggest an
additional style point:  instead of a bend sinister, have you
considered a bend? Both look nice, and to the modern eye we always
seem to gravitate to bend sinisters for some reason, but in period the
bend was far far far more common.  (And another conflict-checking
exercise for the heralds out there!)


On Tue, May 17, 2011 at 10:00 AM, Tim McDaniel <tmcd at panix.com> wrote:
> It's helpful to put some details of the item in the mail Subject line.
> Otherwise, many of the Subject lines end up as "Help with armory" and
> "Name check" and such, and then people can't distinguish one thread of
> discussion from another.
> On Tue, 17 May 2011, Brett Chandler-Finch <naturemakeswell at gmail.com> wrote:
>> azure, a bordure or, on a a bend sinister or, three mullets of five
>> pointsbendwise sable.
>> https://picasaweb.google.com/lh/photo/85c6Li0WSdoWU9JPE01qNg?feat=directlink
> Thank you for the picture.  (For future reference: in the future, if
> you don't have a picture handy, a plain English description can
> sometimes do the trick.)
> The picture certainly makes the design clear.  For the submission
> forms, the bordure might use some thickening, though it may well be
> registerable as it is.  The bend should be thickened too, come to think
> of it, and the mullets grown to fill the space but not touch the edges
> of the bend sinister.
> Blazon nits:
> We capitalize
> - The first word of the blazon.
> - The tincture "Or"
> - "(Fieldless)" and "(Tinctureless)" (which aren't really part of the
>  blazon)
> - Proper nouns, like "cross of Jerusalem", "Bowen cross"
> We blazon the primary charge (the central-most charge(s) on the field)
> just after the field stuff.  So the bend sinister is first.
> If two or more *adjacent* tinctures are the same, we usually normalize
> it by removing all but the last.  Not that it's wrong to include the
> extra ones.
> In the SCA, unlike the Continent, mullets are of five points by
> default, so it need not be mentioned.  The default is for charges on a
> bend (or bend sinister) to be oriented along the line of the bend, so
> that need not be mentioned either.  (Actually, the mullets are
> "bendwise sinister".  "Bendwise" implies that they're pointing out of
> the bend sinister, and they're not.)
> Including redundant terms isn't incorrect, though, and if you're not
> 100% sure of the blazon or of the defaults, it can be help to list
> them in case you misunderstood which are redundant.  Blazons get
> munged along the way anyway: we register the picture (the emblazon),
> not the words used to describe the picture (the blazon).  If there's a
> redundant term, Star or Laurel can always just take it out.
> So, in sum,
> Azure, on a bend sinister Or three mullets sable, a bordure Or.
> Danet Lincoln
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