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East LoI - 2013-04-26

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This item was on the 07-2013 LoAR

11: East, Kingdom of the - New Badge

OSCAR finds the name registered exactly as it appears in January of 1973,

(Fieldless) A garter buckled in annulo vert charged on the tongue with a mullet of five points Or

Commenters questioned whether the combination of the name "Gawain" with a green garter was presumptive of the late 14th century romance "Sir Gawain and the Green Knight." However, in that work, the item given to Sir Gawain by the lady was a girdle, not a garter. A green garter does not appear on the attributed arms of Sir Gawain. In "Sir Gawain and the Green Knight," his arms are blazoned as "goules / Wyth the pentangel depaynt of pure golde hwes." (Gawain and the Green Knight, lines 619-620). Therefore, we do not find the name and badge combination to be presumptive of the fictional character and are sending both the badge and name up for further commentary.


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