Laurel LoPaD dated 2017-03-11

This letter contains the issues raised in the December 2016 LoAR for CoA discussion. The text in this letter is copied verbatim from that LoAR; it is provided here for convenience. As with a March LoI, these matters are currently scheduled for the Pelican and Wreath meetings in June 2017. Original commentary, responses, and rebuttals to commentary must be entered into OSCAR no later than Wednesday, May 31, 2017.

1: Anushka Medvedchikova - New Badge

OSCAR finds the name registered exactly as it appears in July of 2014, via Lochac.

(Fieldless) Issuant from an open well purpure semy of roundels argent a man's bust proper crined and vested sable

Commentary brought up the resemblance of this badge with the character Davros from Doctor Who. We are pending this badge for further discussion of whether this reaches the level of obtrusive modernity.

This was item 4 on the Lochac letter of September 30, 2016. (http://oscar.sca.org/index.php?action=145&id=69144)


2: Avacal, Kingdom of - New Order Name

OSCAR finds the name registered exactly as it appears in March of 2016, via Avacal.

Award of Griffins Grace

This name does not fit any documented pattern for naming orders. No evidence was presented to support the pattern of [saint's name] + [virtue]. All of the examples from "Medieval Secular Order Names" by Juliana de Luna (http://heraldry.sca.org/names/order/new) combine saint's names with physical objects that could be heraldic charges, rather than abstract virtues.

Likewise, this order name is not registerable on the theory that it uses the full name of a saint. The July 2016 Cover Letter states: "We will not register orders named after the full names of saints when the surnames are inherited forms, unless documentation is found to show that this pattern follows period practice."

However, neither the Letter of Intent nor commentary discussed whether this name follows a pattern grandfathered to the Kingdom of Avacal based on the June 2016 registration of the Award of Griffins Agate. We are pending this item for further commentary on this specific issue.

This was item 1 on the Avacal letter of September 30, 2016. (http://oscar.sca.org/index.php?action=145&id=68659)


3: Katarzina Celjska - New Name

Submitter desires a feminine name.
No major changes.
Sound (Cat-ar-zeena Sill-yes-ka) most important.

This name combines a Polish given name with a Slovenian byname. Polish is considered part of the "North Slavic" language group under SENA. Slovenian, however, is considered part of the "South Slavic" language group. Appendix C currently does not permit the combination of North Slavic and South Slavic.

This name is pended for discussion of whether combinations of North Slavic and South Slavic name elements should be permitted and, if so, under what circumstances.

This was item 16 on the Middle letter of September 30, 2016. (http://oscar.sca.org/index.php?action=145&id=69235)


4: Loch Salann, Barony of - New Order Name

OSCAR finds the name registered exactly as it appears in May of 1980, via Atenveldt.

Fellowship of the Aviary of Saint Francis

Meaning (a place where birds are kept together) most important.

This order name was submitted on the theory that an aviary was an object of veneration that could be combined with the name of a saint to create an order name, based on the patterns set out in Medieval Secular Order Names by Juliana de Luna (http://heraldry.sca.org/names/order/new/). No evidence was provided (and none was found in commentary) showing that an aviary was a venerated object or location. Without such evidence, the name does not fit any documented pattern.

Although Medieval Secular Order Names identifies a pattern of incorporating building names into order names, including Societas capelle sancti Georgii Templois (Society of the Chapel of Saint George of the Grail-Templars), Ritterbruder[schaft] des Conventes unseres lieben Frau Ingensande (Knightly Brotherhood of the Convent of Our Lady at the Sand), all of the examples of this pattern refer to religious buildings. Thus, something like the Order of the Chapel of Saint Francis or the Order of the Abbey of Saint Francis would be registerable, but this pattern does support the use of an entirely secular building, such as an aviary.

During the Pelican decision meeting, commenters noted that buildings were used as heraldic charges. One of the buildings used in heraldry was a dovecote, a building for housing pigeons or doves. For example, the arms of Shapcott are described in various records of the Visitations of 1620 as Sable, a chevron Or between three dovecotes argent.

Based on this evidence, we are pending this order name for further discussion on the following issues: (1) Is there any evidence of an aviary or other building associated with birds (beyond the example of a dovecote) used as a heraldic charge? (2) Does the use of a dovecote as a heraldic charge warrant giving the submitter the benefit of the doubt that an aviary is a plausible heraldic charge?

This was item 1 on the Artemisia letter of September 27, 2016. (http://oscar.sca.org/index.php?action=145&id=68816)


5: Malice de Edynburgh - Resub Appeal of Laurel Return of Device

OSCAR finds the name registered exactly as it appears in February of 2016, via An Tir.

Per bend sinister bevilled sable and gules, a horse rampant contourny and a sword bendwise sinister argent

This appeal concerns the application of the Unity of Posture and Unity of Orientation rules found in A3D2c of SENA. Precedent is clear that Unity of Posture and Unity of Orientation are two separate and distinct requirements, both of which must be met for a piece of armory to be registerable. The January 2016 Cover Letter states: "Some ambiguity exists in the interpretation of SENA A3D2c due to the fact that it mentions Unity of Posture and Orientation together. Posture and orientation are different and independent parameters and we have returned inanimate, as well as animate, charges in cases where the orientation was the differing criteria."

We agree with the original ruling that the armory as submitted does not meet the Unity of Orientation requirement because one charge is bendwise sinister and one charge is not. Thus, this armory cannot be registered without period evidence in support of the design.

In support of this appeal, the submitter provided an example of period armory from the Insignia Anglica - BSB Cod.icon. 291 with animal charges (lions) and a sword in what appear to be different orientations: Bendy azure and argent, a sword fesswise between two lions counterpassant passant. The same page of the armorial also contained an example of Azure, a lion passant between three sinister gauntlets couped apaumy argent, a bordure engrailed Or, an example that also may support the present appeal.

There was little or no discussion in commentary of whether these examples support the differing orientations seen in the submitter's armory. Therefore, we are pending this appeal for further discussion of this particular issue. Any period examples of armory showing charges in orientations comparable to the submitter's would be greatly appreciated.

This was item 21 on the An Tir letter of September 30, 2016. (http://oscar.sca.org/index.php?action=145&id=68738)


Pray know that I remain,

In service,

Andrewe Bawldwyn
Laurel Principal King of Arms


OSCAR counts 1 Name, 2 Order Names, 1 Device and 1 Badge. There are a total of 5 items submitted on this letter.