[ANSTHRLD] A platypus and two sporks

Tim McDaniel tmcd at panix.com
Fri Nov 16 17:56:21 PST 2012

I should clarify
>> You guys are going to like this one.
>> Sable, a rampant Platypus gules, overall in saltire 2 "sporks"
>> Or.
> Um, I'm sorry, but I don't happen to like this.

I like whimsy in heraldry (or elsewhere) and I like people who are
whimsical.  I don't like this only in the sense of attempting to
_register_ a design that has a non-period charge and problematic
color-on-color complexity.

Perhaps the client would be just as happy with a redesign?

I like someone's suggestion of a beaver, if the submitter would be
just as happy with that.  Does the Pic Dic say anything special to say
about the depiction of the beaver in heraldry (like dolphins, sea
dogs, and such)?  I suspect not.

The submitter does not have to have the period attribute of showing
the beaver about to bite his own testicles off, though bonus points if
they have the cojones to depict that.

Two objects in saltire is used far more in the SCA than in period
armory, and overall charges are not so common.  Would the client like
to consider having the beaver brandishing a fork held in a forelimb?
If they go with the autocastrating Castor, though, I think that such a
design would be a bit too busy -- the beaver has more to worry about
at the moment than waving a kitchen implement.

Danihel Lindicolinum
Tim McDaniel, tmcd at panix.com

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