SCA Laurel Sovereign of Arms
Online System for Commentary and Response

Site News
LoIs
KLoIs
SENA
Prec
AH
Track
Sub Status

Name:

Password:

Create Account

MAIL ME my password.



SEARCH:

[ Site News | LoIs | KLoIs | SENA | Prec | AH | Track | Sub Status ]

Æthelmearc ILoI dated 2017-07-20

Greetings unto Sofie Silver Buccle and the College of Heralds of the Kingdom of Æthelmearc. This is Æ195, internal letter of intent. It is the intent of the Garnet office to submit the following elements to the Laurel Sovereign of Arms for registration.

1: Elsbeth Anne Roth -Resub Augmentation of Arms

OSCAR finds the name registered exactly as it appears in December of 1984, via Caid.

Or, a wolf's head cabossed between three mullets of six points vert and for augmentation in chief on a clarion gules a demi-escarbuncle argent.

Herald of Record: Self (elsbeth@pobox.com)

The previous submission was returned on the June 2016 LoAR for the escarbuncle being unrecognizable.

Elsbeth Anne Roth. Augmentation of arms. Or, a wolf's head cabossed between three mullets of six points vert and for augmentation in chief on a clarion gules an escarbuncle argent.

This augmentation is returned for redraw, for violating SENA A2C2 which states "Elements must be drawn to be identifiable."

As depicted, the tertiary charge on the clarion is too small and complex to remain identifiable.

Changing it to a demi (allowing it to grow a tad) and some careful brushmanship has fixed the issue.


2: Felice de Thornton -New Device Change

OSCAR finds the name registered exactly as it appears in June of 2016, via Æthelmearc.

Argent, a winged domestic cat passant guardant sable, on a chief azure, three feather bendwise sinister argent.

Old Item: Argent semy of roundels azure each charged with a quatrefoil argent, a winged domestic cat passant gardant sable, on a chief azure three feathers bendwise sinister argent, to be released.

Herald of Record: Elsbeth Anne Roth (elsbeth@pobox.com)


3: Jasper Longshanks -New Device

OSCAR finds the name on the Æthelmearc LoI of September 21, 2016 as submitted.

Or, a crow sable and on a chief indented azure, three estoiles Or.

Herald of Record: Elsbeth Anne Roth (elsbeth@pobox.com)


4: Kameshima Zentarou Umakai -New Heraldic Title

OSCAR finds the name registered exactly as it appears in September of 2012, via Æthelmearc.

Shark Herald

Herald of Record: Self (cadell@gmail.com)

Umakai was elevated to the rank of Herald Extraordinary by Sophie Silver Buccle on May 13, AS 52 (2017) at Æthelmearc Crown Tournament. Court Report documenting this action is available at http://www.aeheralds.net/courtreports/2017.05.13.html.

This is meant to model heraldic titles taken from heraldic charges. The spelling "shark" is preferred.

Sharks have been registered as heraldic charges by the SCA College of Arms a total of 18 times, as recently as January 2016 ("Per pale purpure and argent, two sharks haurient embowed respectant, on a chief two Maltese crosses all counterchanged" via the Middle to Antonio Cellini). The Pic Dic s.v. fish says:

As may be seen, given the wide variety of types of fish found in period armory, any fish known to period Europeans may be used in Society armory - though, if the fish is not itself European, its use is considered a step from period practice. (An exception would be made for non-European fish actually used in period European armory, but no examples have been adduced.)

Juliana Siren also supplied the following documentation regarding the etymology of the word "shark:"

The term "shark(e)" first appears in 1569, according to the OED, which says "Ther is no proper name for it [a `marueilous straunge Fishe'] that I knowe, but that sertayne men of Captayne Haukinses doth call it a sharke." It appears in the plural without an e (sharks) in 1589. By c. 1596 it's turned verb "For other ruffians, as their fancies wrought,..Woold shark on you, and men lyke rauenous fishes Woold feed on on another." A small shark known as a dogfish appears long before that. The OED dates "oyle of adogge fysch" to c. 1450. So, sharks were definitely known to Europeans and found in European waters.

The following are all the registered names that feature the word "shark" in some form:

Blue Shark Pursuivant (Atlantia, April 2010)

Green Shark Pursuivant (Atlantia, April 2010)

Red Shark Pursuivant (Atlantia, April 2010)

Shark's Tooth Pursuivant (Atlantia, April 2010)

Shark's Tooth, Award of the (Atlantia, April 2003)

Silver Shark Pursuivant (Atlantia, April 2010)

White Shark. House of the (Marjory Macrae via Ansteorra, October 2001)

In each case, the submitted name is clear of the already registered names by SENA NPN.3.C.2, Substantial Change to One Syllable : Names are substantially different if a single syllable in their substantive element (excluding articles, prepositions, and conjunctions, such as de , the , or and ) is changed in both sound and appearance as described here. The addition or removal of a syllable makes two names substantially different in sound."

In an example given in NPN.3.C, Standards for Identity Conflict , SENA states "In the case of House of the Black Bear , Black Bear is the substantive element." Thus, for the registered names listed above, the substantive elements are Blue Shark , Green Shark , Sharks Tooth , etc. The removal of the color designator (or, in the case of Sharks Tooth , the word "Tooth") substantially changes the substantive element in both sound and appearance. This difference is further supported later in the same example:

"The Order of the Whistle does not conflict with the Order of the Whistle of Drachenwald , because the substantive elements being compared are Whistle and Whistle of Drachenwald ." Note that which name is already registered in this example has no bearing on the fact that the two names do not conflict.
Thus, Shark Herald does not conflict with any of the cited registered names listed above.


5: Kumagaya Kentarou Masamoto -New Name & New Device

Sable, six mitsutomoe two, two, and two Or.

Submitter desires a masculine name.
Sound (KU - mah) most important.

Herald of Record: Kameshima Zentarou Umakai (cadell@gmail.com)

All name documentation is taken from "Name Construction in Medieval Japan" by Barbara Nostrand.

Kumagaya 熊谷 is listed as a surname on page 147 of NCMJ dated to 1568.

Kentarou 健太郎 is listed as a male yobina on page 211 of NCMJ dated to "Uncertain (1600)." Names with that date citation have been to this point accepted as period by the CoA.

Masamoto 政基 is listed as a male nanori on page 340 of NCMJ dated to 1572.

Herald of Record: Kameshima Zentarou Umakai (cadell@gmail.com)

The attestation for this device draws heavily for the IAP documentation submitted for the device of Samukawa Mantarou Yukimura, submitted through Atlantia and accepted as an IAP in January 2016. Please see the documentation submitted for that armory, available at http://oscar.sca.org/index.php?action=145&id=58537 for background and context. As per the commentary of Etienne Le Mons (Sea Dragon) at 2015-12-31 08:15:59, the term "mitsutomoe" (三つ巴) is used in the blazon of this device and all documentation to refer to a group of three tomoe in annulo. If the College of Arms disagrees with this terminology, suggested reblazon is Sable, six sets of three tomoe each in annulo, two, two and two, Or. The depiction of the mitsutomoe sufficiently matches depiction #4 attested by Bruce Draconarius of Mistholme (Batonvert) at 2015-12-31 15:37:17 to warrant consideration for registration.

Regarding the appearance of multiple tomoe in a single design, Daibukan contains several examples of this design motif (JPG files of each page have been included in the packet):

● Page 19, row 1

● Page 24, row 4, columns 8 and 9

● Page 60, rows 2 and 3 (4 instances total)

● Page 190, row 5, designs 4 and 6

Diabukan also contains several examples of a mitsutomoe used as part of an overall design:

● Page 169, row 4, column 9

● Page 175, row 3, column 12

● Page 193, row 1, design 5

● Page 197, row 1, design 6

● Page 202, row 1, column 10

O-umajirushi contains multiple instances of designs with three mitsutomoe arranged vertically:

● Volume 3, page 28 (page 105), attributed to "Itakura, Provincial Governor of Suō", i.e., Itakura Shigemune (板倉重宗) (1586-1656)

● Volume 4, page 26 (page 141), attributed to "Mizunoya, Provincial Governor of Ise", i.e., Mizunoya Katsutoshi (水谷勝俊) (1542-1606) ... or his son Mizunoya Katsutaka (水谷勝 隆) (1597-1664).

● Volume 5, page 29 (page 179), attributed to "Hijikata, Provincial Governor of Tango", i.e., Hijikata Katsūji (土方雄氏) (1583-1638)

Given the supplied variations in design, the Garnet office believe this is sufficient documentation to support the use of multiple mitsutomoe in a unified heraldic design. Thank you on behalf of Kameshima's client for your consideration.


6: Robert MacEwin of Thornhill -New Badge

OSCAR finds the name registered exactly as it appears in October of 2011, via Æthelmearc.

(Fieldless) On a linden leaf gules an angevine argent.

Herald of Record: Elsbeth Anne Roth (elsbeth@pobox.com)

The angevine is a stylized flower. Brault's "Early Blazon" lists "angevine" as a variant spelling of angemmes, and describes it as a five or six petaled flower (page 106-107. Can be seen at https://books.google.com/books?id=OzGF29hFLmMC&pg=PA107&lpg=PA107&dq=angevine+heraldry&source=bl&ots =DPr3qqcCnE&sig=IQLmg2ndkJOaTL_9G2YxMH5YXUs&hl=en&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwj59fafgILVAhXDeD4KHe8UDBQQ6AEIUTA K#v=onepage&q=angevine&f=false, excerpted below in image 2.)

It appears as an orle of angemmes in the arms of Robert de Tancarville, Chamberlain of Normandy, who died in 1297. Le Breton armorial (1292-1294) also shows de gueules à trois angemmes d'argent (Gules, three angemmes argent) as the arms of Foucaud of Merle. The submitted emblazon matches the example in Le Breton (see below (image 1 on the far left.))

The above submission has images. To view them, see the URLs below:
#1 https://oscar.sca.org/showimage.php?I=837/2017-07-11/15-17-50_angemmes.png
#2 https://oscar.sca.org/showimage.php?I=837/2017-07-11/15-22-17_Early_Blazon_page_106.jpg


7: Sasson della Sancta Victoria -New Name & New Device

Argent, a serpent glissant palewise gules vorant of an infant, a bordure sable.

Submitter desires a masculine name.
No major changes.
Sound (None stated) most important.

Herald of Record: Kathryn MacLuing

The forms state that this is a resub; however, it is technically new at this level. It was submitted at Pennsic two years ago, and subsequently misplaced. This is the first appearance on a Letter of Intent.

Sasson: St. Gabriel's "Names of Jews in Rome in the 1550s", Table of Names (https://www.s-gabriel.org/names/yehoshua/rome_article.html).

della: "of the"

Sancta Victoria: Church and abbey in the province of Fermo, known as Sancta Victoria in Matenano, later renamed to Santa Vittoria in Matenano (http://www.svittoria.it/).

Client is fine with the surname sounding feminine. We would appreciate any assistance in ensuring that the construction of the name is correct for Italian.

Herald of Record: Kathryn MacLuing

The forms state that this is a resub; however, it is technically new at this level. It was submitted at Pennsic two years ago, and subsequently misplaced. This is the first appearance on a Letter of Intent.

The Garnet office is uncertain if this should be blazoned as an Chinese serpent, given the stylized design. See the pictures below. The first picture is a Chinese serpent, while the second is a standard heraldic serpent.

The above submission has images. To view them, see the URLs below:
#1 https://oscar.sca.org/showimage.php?I=837/2017-07-11/14-43-49_chinese-dragon_small.jpg
#2 https://oscar.sca.org/showimage.php?I=837/2017-07-11/14-43-50_serpent.png


8: Síle inghean Chein -New Name & New Device

Purpure, on a bend sinister invected between two horses' heads argent, an arrow inverted purpure.

Submitter desires a feminine name.
Sound (Shee - lah) most important.

Herald of Record: Kameshima Zentarou Umakai (cadell@gmail.com)

Síle is dated to the following years in "Mari's Index of Names in Irish Annals" (http://medievalscotland.org/kmo/AnnalsIndex/Feminine/Sile.shtml): 1471, 1473, 1485, 1486, 1489, 1491, 1499, 1521, 1530, 1531, 1544, 1582, 1589.

inghean is the accepted late-period feminine patronymic marker, as attested by the "Historical Name Generator: Sixteenth Century Irish and Scottish Gaelic Names" by Sharon L. Krossa (http://medievalscotland.org/scotnames/hng16gaelic/index.shtml).

Chein is submitted as the lenited genitive form of Cian. "Mari's Index of Names in Irish Annals" (http://medievalscotland.org/kmo/AnnalsIndex/Masculine/Cian.shtml) lists "Cein" as the masculine genitive form in such names as Tadhcc Buidhe mac Cein, mic Oilella Uí Eghra (1560) and Mac Brien mac Cein Uí Eghra (1586). "The Spelling of Lenited Consonants in Gaelic" by Sharon L. Krossa (http://medievalscotland.org/scotlang/lenition.shtml) lists "Ch" as the lenited spelling of a name starting with "C."

Herald of Record: Kameshima Zentarou Umakai (cadell@gmail.com)


"The time to take counsel of your fears is before you make an important battle decision. That's the time to listen to every fear you can imagine! When you have collected all the facts and fears and made your decision, turn off all your fears and go ahead!" --General George S. Patton, Jr.

Madoc Garnet

Saiman Cornelian


OSCAR counts 3 Names, 1 Heraldic Title, 4 Devices, 1 Device Change, 1 Badge and 1 Augmentation of Arms. There are a total of 11 items submitted on this letter.

[ Site News | LoIs | KLoIs | SENA | Prec | AH | Track | Sub Status ]


Site Copyright © 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2011, Lewis Tanzos