East LoI dated 2023-05-31

Greetings unto Emma Laurel, Elisabetta Pelican, and Iago Wreath from Anéžka Blue Tyger, Alys Pantheon, and Sláine Diademe.

It is the intention of the citizens of the East to register the below-listed items.

1: Ellyn Grene - New Device (KLoI)

OSCAR finds the name registered exactly as it appears in August of 2021, via the East.

Argent, on a sun vert an annulet argent, in base two arrows in saltire vert

2: Merewyn del Grenewode - New Badge (KLoI)

OSCAR finds the name registered exactly as it appears in May of 2005, via the East.

(Fieldless) A death's head inverted legged and clawed of a crab sable

Originally blazoned as (Fieldless) A crab surmounted by a death's head inverted sable, this design would have been both unable to be reliably reproduced from that blazon and barely overall. We have reblazoned it as (Fieldless) A death's head inverted legged and clawed of a crab sable in order to justify forwarding it to Society level, and we request the assistance of the College in documenting inanimate objects with legs added to them.

3: Orso Luca di la Licata - New Name (KLoI) (NP) & New Device (KLoI)

Lozengy bendwise vert and argent, a bear rampant contourny and in sinister a heart gules

No major changes.
Spelling (Orso) most important.

Orso is a masculine Italian given name found in Aryanhwy merch Catmael, "Italian Names from the Online Tratte of Office Holders 1282-1532" (https://www.ellipsis.cx/~liana/names/italian/tratte/), and in Juliana de Luna, "A Frequency List of all Men's Given Names from the Condado Section of the Florence Catasto of 1427" (https://www.s-gabriel.org/names/juliana/condado/mens...).

Luca is a masculine Italian given name dated 1480, found in Maridonna Benvenuti, "Names of Slaves in 1480 Palermo, Sicily" (https://heraldry.sca.org/kwhss/2013/Maridonna_Benve...).

Double given names are allowed for Italian, per App. A of SENA.

di la Licata is an Italian locative byname dated 1480 in Maridonna Benvenuti, "Names of geographic origin from the Kalso quarter of Palermo, 1480" (2017 KWHSS Proceedings, https://heraldry.sca.org/kwhss/2017/Names%20of%20ge...). The place name is found in a number of forms in period, including la licata (a.1480) and La Licata (a.1375 and a.1480), in G. Caracausi, Dizionario Onomastico della Sicilia, s.n. Licata.

The submitter wants a 15th C Sicilian name. The spelling of the first element (Orso) is most important, and cannot be changed. Changes are allowed to the rest of the name if needed for registration. An appropriate Italian/Sicilian form meaning "Orso of Sicily" is acceptable as a last choice. <di + locative> is found in Maridonna Benvenuti, "Names of geographic origin from the Kalso quarter of Palermo, 1480" (op.cit.). The locative byname di Sicilia is found in I raguagli historici del Vespro Siciliano by iladelfo Mugnos, published in Messina, Sicily in 1645 (https://books.google.com/books?...).

Commenters at Kingdom suggested that the heart be moved such that the bear is actually maintaining it; the consulting herald clarified at the decision meeting that it is important to the submitter that there be separation between the two charges. As we find no style or conflict issues with the image as submitted, we are forwarding it for Wreath's consideration.

4: Samuel di Bianca - New Appeal of Kingdom Return of Device (KLoI)

OSCAR finds the name registered exactly as it appears in January of 2020, via the East.

Quarterly Or and azure, a pink flamingo proper maintaining in its upraised foot a cauldron Or

This device was returned on the Oct 2019 East Kingdom Letter of Decisions (https://bth.eastkingdom.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/10...):

This armory is returned for lack of contrast between the Or legs of the flamingo and the Or portions of the field. There may be low contrast on details which do not count for difference, but there may not be zero contrast.
The submitter wishes to appeal this decision, citing the July 2010 Cover Letter item, From Wreath: Detailing and Identifiability, which states:
As long as the charge maintains its identifiability, minor details, even minor details which are identifying characteristics, may have no contrast with the underlying tinctures.
In addition to this CL item, the submitter has provided several images from Vigil Raber (both the Neustifter Wappenbuch and the "Book of coats of arms of the Arlberg Brotherhood", 1548) and Siebmacher of birds with low- or no-contrast beaks and/or legs, in support of the premise that birds' beaks and/or legs appear to be "minor details," meaning the original submission should have been forwarded to Laurel to consider the 2010 precedent instead of being returned by Kingdom.

The above submission has images. To view them, see the URLs below:
#1 https://oscar.sca.org/images/cImages/2948/2023-04-05/15-13-48_Samuel_di_Bianca-device_appeal-docs_Page_1.jpg
#2 https://oscar.sca.org/images/cImages/2948/2023-04-05/15-13-48_Samuel_di_Bianca-device_appeal-docs_Page_2.jpg

Done at Carolingia upon the feast of the virgin Petronilla,

Anéžka Blue Tyger

OSCAR counts 1 New Name, 3 New Devices and 1 New Badge. These 5 items are chargeable, Laurel should receive $20 for them. There are a total of 5 items submitted on this letter.