cropped illustration of a black wing on a brown background - the wing is curling in on itself in a spiral manner.

A Bird’s Jambe Conjoined to a Wing Involved

Painted image, blue-black on brown with a goldish glow, of a bird's leg attached to a wing that is curling inwards in a spiral shape.
A Bird’s Jambe Conjoined to a Wing Involved (15-16th C version)

While wandering through the online copy of The Nobility of Venice, an Italian armorial from the 17th Century, I came upon this pretty cool charge. I didn’t know what it was at the time, but I thought it was a neat shape. My apologies for cropping the frames in these source thumbnails, but I was mostly interested in the charge itself, as you may well imagine.

Heraldic art from "The Nobility of Venice", Cappon manuscript 131.  In a golden shield-like frame, black bird's leg, and conjoined to this is a black spiral with feathers, all on a white background.
Nobility of Venice
“Malipiero”, folio 70r

Now mind you, I am by no means an expert when it comes to searching OANDA for registered devices, but I wasn’t able to find this anywhere. So I think it’s clear. This means that you should be able to register it without conflicting with anyone else’s registered device (as of this writing) and, in fact, if you do so, it will be the “defining instance” of this particular charge in the SCA. Note that the SCA looks for things pre-1600; given that the start date for this manuscript is 1601, that makes it too modern. However, I was able to find an example of the Malipiero arms in the Famiglie venete con le loro armi from the 15th-16th Century.

Heraldic art from "The Nobility of Venice", Cappon manuscript 131.  In a golden shield-like frame, there is a red horizontal bar across a white background.  Overlaid on this is a red bird's leg, and conjoined to this is a black spiral with feathers.
Nobility of Venice
“Agustin”, folio 4r

I think that this particular charge is pretty cool, so of course I had to trace it. I traced the Malipiero jambe from both the 17th Century manuscript (where I saw it first) and the 15th-16th Century manuscript (just now, for a more SCA-friendly period representation). So if you think it’s cool also and want to have a go at registering it for your SCA persona or group, you can find my traced versions of the Malipiero jambe on The Book Of Traceable Heraldic Art:

Famiglie Venete
“Malipiero”, p. 14

If you’re looking for more modern, cleaner interpretations, there are some pretty good images over on Wikimedia commons for i Malipiero:

And if you’d like to go to the sources, here is The Nobility of Venice, Cappon manuscript 131, in all its glory on the Vatican Online Virtual Library: https://digi.vatlib.it/view/MSS_Cappon.131, while you can view or download the entire Famiglie venete con le loro armi at the Biblioteca Estense Universitaria: http://bibliotecaestense.beniculturali.it/info/img/mss/i-mo-beu-alfa.o.3.5.pdf.

Lastly, if you’re hungry for more online, digitized armorials (or are looking for a particular period and/or place), I found both of these via Iago ab Adam’s most excellent “Period Armorials Online” at his Caerlaverock Roll of Arms website, which IMO is an invaluable resource for any herald, and for which I am extremely grateful.

Enjoy!