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Ansteorra LoI dated 2023-10-26

Greetings to the Heralds of the Known World, from Ragnar Larsson Bordure Herald for the Kingdom of Ansteorra. Please find the following submitted for your valued consideration and commentary.

1: Áshildr in Hárfagra - Resub Badge (KLoI)

OSCAR finds the name registered exactly as it appears in September of 2021, via Ansteorra.

(Fieldless) A lion's paw couped in pale and conjoined with a castle azure

This submission is to be associated with Household of Goblins Keep

Original submission returned by Kingdom - Ansteorra ILoI dated 2023-07-10

(Fieldless) A clawed hand aversed conjoined in pale to a castle azure.

Retuned for identifiably of paw/claw/hand- and ;lack of documentation on the position of the claw/paw/hand.


While a lion's paw is not a new charge, with a lion's paw erased having been registered as recently as September 2022*, we are nonetheless providing an image and link for a lion's paw coupedas found in an armorial from from Southern Germany dated to 1530**.

Kingdom of An Tir - Badge for Ordre de la Griffe et du Lion: Checky Or and argent, a lion's paw bendwise erased gules.

** IMAGE ONE - BSB Cod.icon. 391 fol. 6v - pg. 14

The above submission has images. To view them, see the URLs below:

2: Benedict Gideon Hindman - New Name (KLoI) (NP) & New Device (KLoI)

Purpure, a viol bendwise Or

Submitter desires a masculine name.
No holding name.
Language/Culture (late period English) most important.

Submitted through PENNSIC 50TH YEAR

Benedict > s.v. Benedict Early Modern English RegBath p.5; 1583; Dictionary of Medieval Names from European Sources

Gideon > DMNES as above, s.v. Gideon Early Modern English 1593 Gedeon bruton1 p.121 , Gideon ibid. P.52;

Hindman > s.v. Hyndman Black, Surnames of Scotland, "as far back as the days of James V" (r.1513-1542) Robertson Ayrshire Families II p.346; "found in Bute in 1649" (Hewison, II p.267). Scots has i/y switches [lain Macpherson of An Dun Theine, Mar 2017, A-Meridies].

Double given names are found in England per App. A of SENA.

There was much discussion during commentary about conflict Decision was that it was clear of conflict and that the difference between a Lute and a Viol was in itself a difference

3: Bjorn Úlfarsson - New Device (KLoI)

OSCAR finds the name registered exactly as it appears in November of 2022, via Ansteorra.

Quarterly Or and gules, a sledgehammer bendwise proper in the second quarter a skep Or

4: Brianna Silvestre - New Name (KLoI) (NP)

Submitter desires a feminine name.

Submitted through the Barony of Wiesenfeuer

"Brianna" is the client's name, and an element of the submitter's name may be used in their SCA name. Identified by Valid Oklahoma DL, witnessed by Deputy Herald of Wiesenfeur, and Asterisk Herald Sigrun i Biarka.

"Silvestre" is a French surname found in the 1554-1582 baptism records from the commune of Saint Dolay, Brittany.

ab Adam, Iago (Micheal Case). "Names from Saint Dolay, Brittany, 1554-1582", 15 Nov.2022.

(Accessed 4 Aug. 2023). (Found through the Academy of Saint Gabriel)

5: Cwenthryth of Northwic - New Name (KLoI) (NP) & New Device (KLoI)

Vert, on a chevron gules seven lozenges fimbriated between three dragonflies Or

Submitter desires a feminine name.
The following changes are allowed: variations on spelling
Language/Culture (9th Century Saxon) most important.

Submitted through Glaslyn via the Barony of Steppes

"Cwenthryth is a feminine OE name formed from the elements cwēn ('woman, wife, princess, queen') and ðryð ('strength, glory'). ... earlier nineth century"

'of Northwic' is a locative byname.

Northwic is an alternate name for Norwich which existed prior to 1004

Commentary on this device centered on do we Blazon the number of lozenges on the chevron. Due to the design we felt that vert on a chevron gules fibrated seven lozenges between three dragon flies Or is needed. Convention has been that the number of lozenges would not be blazoned. But to Blazon this as a semy would not give a proper number nor arrangement of the Emblazon for the artist. Appendix J also states that the number of charges may be given.

6: Ginevra de Falco - New Name (KLoI) (NP) & New Device (KLoI)

Per Pale azure & gules, 2 falcons argent close adorsed reguardant in base a triquerta inverted argent interlaced with an annulet Or

Submitter desires a feminine name.
No changes.
Client requests authenticity for authentic for 14th Century Florentine.

Ginevra > Arval Benicoeur, "Feminine Given names from the online Catasto of Florence of 1427" shows Ginevra in this spelling

Ginevra is found 716 times from 1466 to 1557, p. 41 in "Names from 15th and 16th Century Pisa" by Juliana de Luna

de Falco > this byname is found in "Volume II Notaries of Palermo Part Two" - a document from Palermo, Italy in the 1400s, described on p. 7071 6.1.1442 - paid sales of title to Salamone Azara, a palermitan Jew - [ ]

Simonsohn, Shlomo. The Jews in Sicily. Israel: Brill, 1997.

also on p.6591 One Distule de Falco purchased a curtain.

7: Irina Volkova - New Name (KLoI) (NP)

Submitter desires a feminine name.
No changes.

Irina, mother of Mikhail. 866. [Nov 12] (Russian Names Database, Paul Wickenden of Thanet,

Name has diminutives listed until the end of period

Pats: Volkov (lstoma Ivanov syn Volkov). 1583-7. [RIB XIV 122] (Russian Names Database, Paul Wickenden of Thanet,

'a' appended to femininze the patronymic per

Related patronymic Volkovich existed much earlier (Vasilii Volkovich, 1169. [Tup 22], RND,

suggesting that Irina Volkova is a suitable name for any era from the late Rus on.

8: Mikjall Stoti - Resub Badge (KLoI)

OSCAR thinks the name is registered as Mikjall stoti in August of 2020, via Ansteorra.

Gules, two gussets argent, the dexter charged with the capital letter M and the sinister gusset charged with the capital letter S sable

Original submission Kingdom of Ansteorra ILoI 10.11.2021

Returned by Kingdom for lack of documentation on the script of the letters and the identifiability of the S.

documentation ;

Charged gores, charged gussets, and charged complex-line tierces are now allowed as a step from period practice.

These letters are consistent with the Chancery Italic Hand, credited to papal scribe Ludovico Vicentino degli Arrighi (Cornedo Vicentino, 1475?-1527?). Image #1 is a page from La Operina, 1522. (From the Rosenwald Collection, Library of Congress.)

9: Vindheim, Princapality of - New Heraldic Title

OSCAR is unable to find the name, either registered or submitted.

Bastion Herald

Name comes form the first Principality Award

10: Yamashiro Tatsu'nao - Resub Device (KLoI)

OSCAR is unable to find the name, either registered or submitted.

Gyronny Or and purpure, on a plate a Chinese lion rampant sable

Submitted through the Province of Mooneshadow ~ corrected art as well as documentation by HL Jessimond of Emerickeskepe

Original submission of Name and device Kingodm ILoI 6.09.2023

Device - Gyronny Or and purpure, on a plate a fu-dog rampant sable

Name forwarded to sovereign Laurel as Yamashiro Tatsu'nao

Device Returned by Kingdom for reblazon, and re-art, as well as documentation on the corrected animal charge.

<Chinese lion> constructed element based on period depictions of a fantastical animal (SENA A2b).

Chinese Lion vs. foo/fu dog - While we recognize that the decision of what to blazon this charge rests with the College of Arms, it seems important to note that since the Han Dynasty, Chinese Buddhism has taught that mythical guardian lions (called Shi in Chinese) have magical protective powers. Their common Western misnomer, foo/fu dog, appears to be a wholly modern construct, possibly being a combination of the word foo/fu, which can mean both "Buddha" or "prosperity and good fortune" in Chinese, and the English word dog. The latter most likely being due to post-period imported Asian objects d'art that closely resemble two Chinese dog breeds: the shih tzu ("lion dog") and the chow chow ("puffy lion dog").

In creating this Chinese lion, I used a basic heraldic lion's body, albeit slightly stockier with noticeably furry legs. I then created a stylized Chinese lion's head and tail based directly from images one and two. While the SCA does not require names and armory to match, I thought the College and submitter would enjoy knowing that the Chinese lion is found in 15th Century Japanese heraldry (image three). The last image, while from the gray period, is also from Japan.


Guardian Lion, 8th century, China - Minneapolis Institute of Art (MIA)


Lion, China, 8th century - The Met Museum


Lion, Japan, 15th century - Kenmon Shokamon (見聞諸家紋; "Various Observed Family Crests") 1467-1470, pg. 36. Also found at: Kihō's Japanese Heraldry Database: A compendium of mon (crests) and other forms of Japanese heraldry, focusing on early Edo and pre-Edo Japan.


Votive Painting [Ema] of Chinese Lion, Japan, 1627 - The Met Museum

The above submission has images. To view them, see the URLs below:

Thank You to all of the Heralds who provide insightful and constructive commentary for our consideration ~ Huzzah to all who continue to do amazing consultation in the Art of Heraldry and Onomastics. Hat tip to: Taidghin O'Quin for going above and beyond for the populace of the Province of Mooneschadowe, Thank you for your Service ! Keep Rocking the Black Star !!

Always in Service

Ragnar Larsson Bordure Herald ~ Kingdom of Ansteorra

OSCAR counts 5 New Names, 1 New Heraldic Title and 4 New Devices. These 10 items are chargeable, Laurel should receive $40 for them. OSCAR counts 1 Resub Device and 2 Resub Badges. These 3 items are not chargeable. There are a total of 13 items submitted on this letter.

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