When the moon hits your eye…

I digitized Gian Antonio da Tradate’s illustration, in the arms of “da Naua” in the Stemmario Trivulziano (a mid-15th Century armorial, painted in or near Milan), of a gondola, and it’s now available on the online Book of Traceable Heraldic Art for all your SCA device needs. I don’t think that the “Ships & Fishing” […]

This Thing is My Jambe

In the “Baby Heralds of the SCA” group over on Facebook, a member posted a question about the Bird’s Jambe Conjoined to a Wing Involved, about which I’ve posted before, but provided a new image — from “Insignia Venetorum I“, an Italian armorial dating from around 1550-1555 — it is in Munich, and is BSB […]

Plunge, or churning staff

There are a couple of folks in the “Unofficial Heraldry Chat” group for the SCA who regularly post “not yet registered” things they’ve found in period armory. Recently, they posted the actual working part of a butter churn — not the tub, with which I think most people are familiar, but the thing inside that […]

Perspective

This is a lovely Twitter post that makes the rounds on Tumblr now and then and I cackle every time I see it. If you’re in the SCA and would like an .svg copy of my adaptation of both the “horse from the front” and/or the dead knight, right/command-click on the images and “Save As…” […]

Thundercloud…?

In the February 11, 2021 SCA External Letter (of registrations of names, devices, & badges) for the Kingdom of An Tir, there was a new badge entry (for one Vémundr Syvursson) that depicts a bank of clouds with lightning coming out of it. It’s intriguing, because the blazon is “a thundercloud argent”, whereas when people […]

Bird is the Word

I have a huge folder full of screenshots from online armorials – I think that if I stopped looking at armorials right at this second, it would take me probably a year or so to get everything traced that I want to, and that assumes that I won’t look at any armorials between now, which […]

The Seven Deeds of Honor and their Crowns

I’m back with yet another excerpt from the truly wonderful Harley Manuscript 6149, a compilation of heraldy-related items bound into a book by one Adam Loutfut in or around 1494 in Scotland. This time, I’d like to write about folii 124r-126r, “Þe vii deidis of honour and of þair vii crownnys and of quhat materis […]

Stinkin’ Cute

I am a brand new, baby herald in the SCA and am just beginning to explore the corpus of historical heraldic art. While I was participating in the recent Virtual Herald’s Point as an artist, I came across the Harley Manuscript 6149 at the British Library. The Harley MS 6149 consists of a number of […]