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An Tir KLOI from Central/Summits dated 2018-09-01

Greetings unto the An Tir College of Heralds from Elizabeth Lions Blood!

The following items were returned by Laurel in June 2018:

None.

The following items were returned by An Tir in August 2018:

Eirikr Þióðreksson. New Device. Per fess engrailed Or and vert, three drakkar one and two sable and a kraken argent.

We are returning this device for style reasons, as it breaks the rule against "unity of arrangement." The issue is explained in this return from less than a year ago on the October 2017 LoAR:

Sebestyen Anastasia. Device. Per fess argent and gules, three birds migrant one and two sable and a sun argent. This device is returned for violation of SENA A3D2c, which requires all charges in a charge group to be in a unified arrangement. The positioning of the three birds must be blazoned independently of the sun, and so they are not in a unified arrangement. We cannot blazon these charges as "in cross" as that blazon would place two birds crossing the per fess line, which is not the case."

The following items are presented for commentary in September 2018:

1: Adiantum, Barony of -New Badge Association

OSCAR finds the name registered exactly as it appears in April of 1976, via the West.

(Fieldless) Two bear's heads erased addorsed conjoined at the neck Or

This submission is to be associated with Populace

We, the undersigned Coronet, officers and populace of Adiantum, do agree that the following armory registered to the Barony of Adiantum should be associated with Populace:

(Fieldless) Two bear's heads erased addorsed conjoined at the neck Or

We understand that this association may be removed at any time with the consent of the members of the Barony of Adiantum.

This letter was signed at the Baronial Council meeting of the Barony of Adiantum on August 27, 2018, and it is signed by Baron Durin, Baroness Ceridwen, 9 Baronial officers, and 12 members of the populace.


2: Anneke von Frankenstein -Resub Device

OSCAR finds the name on the An Tir LoI of October 31, 2016 as submitted.

Lozengy argent and purpure, on a chief purpure a reremouse volant affronty argent

The submitter's branch is Glymm Mere.

The submitter's previous device was returned by Laurel in April 2018:

Anneke von Frankenstein. Device. Lozengy argent and purpure, on a chief triangular purpure a reremouse volant affronty argent.

This device is returned for redraw. The reremouse in this submission is volant affronty, an unregisterable posture with an inherently three-dimensional feel. Upon resubmission, the reremouse should be drawn in its default displayed posture, with the head entirely above the fully visible torso.

This device is also returned for lack of contrast between the field and the chief. The size of the lozenges and the relative angle of the chief caused a majority of the edge of the purpure charge to be in contact with the purpure lozenges. Upon resubmission, please ensure that more of the chief touches the argent lozenges. A change in tincture of either the field or the chief would also aid in identifiability.


3: Bowen Doyle -Resub Device

OSCAR finds the name on the An Tir LoI of April 30, 2017 as submitted.

Per pall inverted gules, sable and argent, two stags antlers argent and an axe head sable.

The submitter's branch is Myrtle Holt.

The submitter's name was registered in July 2017 via An Tir.

The submitter's previous device was returned by Laurel in July 2017:

Bowen Doyle. Device. Per pall inverted gules, sable and argent, two stag's attires argent and a boar's tusk sable.

This device must be returned for lack of documentation of the boar's tusk. The only registration of a boar's tusk is the badge for the Barony of Coeur d'Ennui's Order of the Boar's Tusk, registered March 1992: (Fieldless) A boar's tusk argent surmounted by a boar's head couped close gules. SENA A2A states that "Elements which have been registered without comment in the last decade or are listed in one of the Appendices as acceptable elements do not usually need to be documented in a new submission. Items which have not been registered in over a decade, have only been registered a few times, or have recent registrations only via the Grandfather Clause may need to be documented." Absent such documentation, the badge must be returned.

In all, there are less than a dozen registrations of tusks as stand-alone charges, most assumed (or explicitly stated) to be elephant tusks, most dating to the early 1990s, and only one dated after 1995. The last registration of any tusk was the badge of the Shire of Ivory Keep in February 2009, Argent, two tusks in saltire azure and a bordure denticulada sable.

The boar's tusk as depicted differs in shape noticeably from the elephant's tusks registered by the Shire of Ivory Keep; it's thicker and blunter, with a deeper curve, which differentiate it as a boar's tusk.

The documentation provided in the Ivory Keep submission read: "According to the PicDic, tusks are registerable, though no difference is given vs. drinking horns." However, the 2nd Edition Pictorial Dictionary of Heraldry s.n. "tooth," states "The fang has been recently disallowed for Society heraldry, due to its lack of ready identifiability. A similar charge, the 'tusk,' is still permitted; an elephant's tooth, couped and with point to chief by default." In commentary on Ivory Keep's badge, concerns were raised on identifiability of the charge; on the current submission, commentary questioned the recognizability and registerability of a boar's tusk at all. Given the lack of identifying features between a tusk and a drinking horn, and absent documentation otherwise, we will cease further registration of tusks of any kind effective as of the January 2018 decision meeting. This submitter will be allowed to register an elephant's tusk if submitted in a timely manner.

Even if the charge were registerable, this device must also be returned for violation of SENA A3D2c, Unity of Orientation. Both the antlers and tusk are long charges, and so can have comparable orientations. While the antlers are palewise, the tusk is in an orientation halfway between palewise and bendwise. This orientation is reinforced by the bendwise couping and substantial curve of the tusk.

This submission has replaced the charge in base to provide better identifiability.


4: Domitius Regulus Augustus -New Name & New Device

Gules, an antelope passant and in base a thunderbolt Or.

Submitter desires a masculine name.
No major changes.
Culture (3rd Century Roman) most important.
Spelling (spelling as presented) most important.

The submitter's branch is Glyn Dwfn.

This name follows the Roman naming convention of <nomen> + <cognomen> + <cognomen>. This construction is mentioned in Academy of St. Gabriel report 2206 (http://www.panix.com/~gabriel/public-bin/showfinal.cgi/2206.txt).

The nomen <Domitius> is found in "A Simple Guide To Imperial Roman Names" by Ursula Georges (http://heraldry.sca.org/names/roman.html). The cognomia <Regulus> and <Augustus> are found in "A Study of the Cognomia of Soldiers in the Roman Legions" by Lindley Richard Dean, which can be found online as a free ebook at http://books.google.com. <Regulus> is found in the list of "Nouns Used As Cognomia" on p. 75; <Augustus> is found in the list of "Names of Emperors Used As Cognomia" on p. 80.

This depiction of a thunderbolt is common on coins minted for the Roman Empire and also throughout Greece. Documentation from the British Museum is attached.

http://www.britishmuseum.org/research/collection_online/collection_object_details.aspx?objectId=1172 646&partId=1&searchText=thunderbolt&page=1

Roman Empire, minted in Rome between 269BC and 266BC

http://www.britishmuseum.org/research/collection_online/collection_object_details.aspx?objectId=3458 204&partId=1&searchText=thunderbolt&page=1

Roman Empire, minted in Seleucia in Pieria between 98AD and 117AD

http://www.britishmuseum.org/research/collection_online/collection_object_details.aspx?objectId=3553 450&partId=1&searchText=thunderbolt&page=1

Greek, minted in Syracuse between 332BC and 317BC

http://www.britishmuseum.org/research/collection_online/collection_object_details.aspx?objectId=3553 441&partId=1&searchText=thunderbolt&page=1

Greek, minted in Syracuse between 317BC and 305BC

http://www.britishmuseum.org/research/collection_online/collection_object_details.aspx?objectId=3553 439&partId=1&searchText=thunderbolt&images=true&from=bc&fromDate=1000&to=ad&toDate=1600&page=1

Greek, minted in Syracuse between 295BC and 289BC

http://www.britishmuseum.org/research/collection_online/collection_object_details.aspx?objectId=3553 499&partId=1&searchText=thunderbolt&images=true&from=bc&fromDate=1000&to=ad&toDate=1600&page=1

Greek, minted in Locri Epizephryii between 295BC and 290BC

The above submission has images. To view them, see the URLs below:
#1 https://oscar.sca.org/images/cImages/228/2018-08-09/23-05-18_Domitius_name_0002.JPG
#2 https://oscar.sca.org/images/cImages/228/2018-08-09/23-05-18_Domitius_name_0003.JPG

The above submission has images. To view them, see the URLs below:
#1 https://oscar.sca.org/images/cImages/228/2018-08-10/13-10-16_Domitius_device_0001.jpg
#2 https://oscar.sca.org/images/cImages/228/2018-08-10/13-10-16_Domitius_device_0002.jpg
#3 https://oscar.sca.org/images/cImages/228/2018-08-10/13-10-16_Domitius_device_0003.jpg


5: Dylan de Strivelyn -New Device

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

Chief gules, escutcheon sable, falcon striking argent

The submitter's branch is Madrone.

The submitter did not include a line drawing with this submission.


6: Elizabeth of Akornebir -New Name

Submitter desires a feminine name.

The submitter's branch is Akornebir.

Elizabeth - Withycombe s.n. Elizabeth, dated 1205

Akornebir is a branch name registered in March 2001 via An Tir.


7: Ellisif inn væni -New Name & New Device

Purpure, a bull's head cabossed between three crescents Or

Submitter desires a feminine name.
Culture (9th-11th century Norwegian) most important.
Meaning (Ellisif the fair) most important.

The submitter's branch is Terra Pomaria.

<Ellisif> is found in Academy of St. Gabriel report 2721 (http://www.panix.com/~gabriel/public-bin/showfinal.cgi?2721+0).

<inn væni> is found in "Viking Bynames found in the Landnámabók" by Aryanhwy merch Catmael, http://www.ellipsis.cx/~liana/names/norse/vikbynames.html.


8: Frederick of Thornwold -New Name & New Device

Sable, a serpent contourny in annulo vorant of its own tail Or interlaced with a serpent inverted annulo vorant of its tail argent

The submitter's branch is Thornwold.

The submitter indicated his name was submitted at the same time as the device, but the Submissions Team has not received a name form.


9: Frederick of Thornwold -New Badge

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

(Fieldless) A serpent contourny in annulo vorant of its tail argent

The submitter's branch is Thornwold.


10: Frederick of Thornwold -New Badge

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

(Fieldless) A serpent contourny in annulo vorant of its tail Or

The submitter's branch is Thornwold.


11: Giuliana Audaci -New Release of Device

OSCAR finds the name registered exactly as it appears in November of 1991, via An Tir.

Pily bendy wavy sable and argent, on a chief Or three crescents sable

The submitter's branch is Wealdsmere.

The submitter included a letter as follows:

I, name redacted, known in the SCA as Giuliana Audaci, hereby release my registered armory, Pily bendy wavy sable and argent, on a chief Or three crescents sable. I understand that release of armory is permanent.


12: Livia Atella -New Name & New Device

Purpure, a squirrel argent below three acorns argent

Culture (Roman) most important.

The submitter's branch is Coeur du Val.

<Livia> is the feminine version of <Livius>, found in "A Simple Guide to Imperial Roman Names" by Ursula Georges, http://heraldry.sca.org/names/roman.html, and formed as demonstrated in the article.

<Atella> is the feminine version of <Atellus>, formed as above. <Atellus> is the cognomen of Gaius Mamilius Atellus, the first plebian to be elected as curio. He is mentioned in a number of volumes on Google Books:

  • Roman aristocratic parties and families, by Friedrich Münzer, Johns Hopkins University Press, 1999. pp. 68, 421, 479
  • Fasti Sacerdotum: A Prosopography of Pagan, Jewish, and Christian Religious Officials in the City of Rome, 300 BC to AD 499, by Jörg Rüpke and David Richardson, Oxford University Press, 2008.
  • The War with Hannibal: The History of Rome from its Foundation, Books 21-30, By Livy, Penguin UK, Sep 30, 2004.
  • Latomus, Volume 19, Editions Latomus, 1972.
  • In addition, <Atella> is the name of an ancient Oscan city which lie in ruins by the eleventh century when a new diocese was built on top of it (http://www.newadvent.org/cathen/02151a.htm).

    The above submission has images. To view them, see the URLs below:
    #1 https://oscar.sca.org/images/cImages/228/2018-08-30/09-20-49_Livia_name_0002.JPG
    #2 https://oscar.sca.org/images/cImages/228/2018-08-30/09-20-49_Livia_name_0003.JPG
    #3 https://oscar.sca.org/images/cImages/228/2018-08-30/09-20-49_Livia_name_0004.JPG
    #4 https://oscar.sca.org/images/cImages/228/2018-08-30/09-20-49_Livia_name_0005.JPG


    13: Marcella Witchhazel -New Name & New Device

    Argent, an orle of leaves vert

    Submitter desires a feminine name.
    Sound most important.

    The submitter's branch is Adiantum.

    <Marcella> is found at https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:NJZK-96R, marriage of Marcella Griffe, 15 Jan 1587, batch M01959-9.

    <Witchhazel> is a botanical term dated as early as the 1540s in the Oxford English Dictionary, s.n. witch hazel | wych hazel, n. This byname follows the pattern of period bynames based on botanical terms in Reaney & Wilson like "Wortes", s.n. Wort, "Woderose", s.n. Redrose, "de Ferne", s.n. Fern, "ate Russh", s.n. Rush, "in le Welwes", s.n. Willow, and "Hasyl", s.n. Hazel. The client will accept Hazel if Witchhazel is not plausible. A space is also okay.


    14: Marcus Octavius Rufus -New Device

    OSCAR finds the name registered exactly as it appears in May of 2012, via An Tir.

    no blazon provided

    The submitter's branch is Coeur du Val.


    15: Milisandia filia Willelmi filii Roberti -Resub Device

    OSCAR finds the name registered exactly as it appears in December of 2013, via An Tir.

    Per chevron inverted sable and purpure, two winged elephants combatant, in base a cricket sinister argent

    The submitter's branch is Glyn Dwfn.

    The submitter's previous device appears on this letter: https://oscar.sca.org//index.php?action=100&loi=2153. It appears as though it was returned for conflict at Kingdom, but as the An Tir Submissions Team can find no record of the return and the submitter never received a notification, we are accepting this as a device resubmission.


    16: Myrtle Holt, Shire of -New Badge

    OSCAR finds the name registered exactly as it appears in May of 1984, via An Tir.

    Quarterly azure and argent, a myrtle flower counterchanged.

    This submission is to be associated with Populace

    A copy of the July 2018 shire meeting minutes with the shire's majority vote in support of this design was included with this submission.


    17: Olaff Beer Gripper -New Name Change & New Device

    OSCAR NOTE: the old name was registered in September of 2016, via Caid.

    Per pale sable and gules, a bear maintaining a dagger between in chief two drinking horns palewise Or

    Old Item: Olaff greypr, to be released.

    The submitter's branch is Terra Pomaria.

    <Olaff> was registered as a given name to the submitter in September 2016 via Caid. SENA PN.1.B.2.g.

    <Beer> is found at https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:NXM2-7Y7, marriage of Ellnor Beer, 1593. Batch M15349-1.

    <Gripper> is found at https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:NRS2-VB3, christening of Alexander Gripper, 24 Feb 1628. Batch P01384-1. In this record, his father's name was also Alexander Gripper.

    Correction to Device (2018-Sep-04 12:09:57): This is a resub device and not a new device. The submitter's previous device was returned by Laurel in July 2017:

    Olaff greypr. Device. Per pale purpure and sable, a bear statant erect maintaining a dagger between in chief two drinking horns Or.

    This device must be returned for redraw. The dagger in the forepaw of the bear is so small that half of the attendants at the decision meeting did not notice it until its presence was pointed out. As a maintained charge, worth heraldic difference, the dagger needs to be large enough to be recognizable.


    18: Rhiannon Kjartansdottir -New Device

    OSCAR finds the name on the An Tir LoI of January 31, 2017 as submitted.

    Gules papellony Or, on a fess argent a rose gules barbed vert seeded Or


    19: Rotrude Halfblind -New Name & New Device

    Per pale wavy argent and sable, three bees in pale argent

    Meaning (unspecified) most important.

    The submitter's branch is Madrone.

    <Rotrude> is found in Early Germanic Names from Primary Sources by Magistra Nicolaa de Bracton of Leicester, http://nicolaa5.tripod.com/articles/german.html. It is listed under "Women's names from Two Lives of Charlemagne".

    <Halfblind> is a constructed byname from the Middle English Dictionary.

    <Half-> is found in surnames s.n. half (adj.):

  • (1169) in Pipe R.Soc.13 119: Willelmus Halfchniet.
  • (1203) in Pipe R.Soc.n.s.16 147: Willelmus Halfhund.
  • (1207) CRR(2) 5 94: Godefridus le Halveloverd.
  • (c1212) Cart.Oseney in OHS 89 215: [Matildis] filia Lewini Haluecake.
  • (1227) Close R.Hen.III 5: Martini Halfape.
  • (1241) Abbrev.Plac.Hen.III 116: Robertus Alfthein.
  • (c1277) Inquis.Miscel.(PRO) 1.580: Richard Halfkarl.
  • (1285) Feudal Aids 6 96: Henricus Halflarde.
  • (1291) Close R.Edw.I 208: Adam Halfape.
  • (1299) Plea R.Edw.I in WSAS 7 61: Thomas Halfsweyn.
  • (1310) in Thuresson ME Occup.Terms 166: Sim. Halueknygt.
  • (1318) Pat.R.Edw.II 181: Walter Halffrere.
  • (1327) Sub.R.Stf.in WSAS 7 216: Thomas halfsweyn.
  • (1336) Let.Bk.Lond.E (Gldh LetBk E) 297: John Halfpound.
  • <Blind> is found as a surname by itself s.n. blī̆nd (adj.):

  • (1217) Close R.Tower 1 337b: Willielmus Blind.
  • (1254) Abbrev.Plac.Hen.III 137: Willelmus le Blynd.
  • (1362) Cart.St.John in OHS 68 122: Thomas Blinde.
  • (c1395) Chaucer CT.CY.(Manly-Rickert) G.1413: Ye been as boold as is Bayard the blynde.
  • a1400(a1325) Cursor (Vsp A.3) 1513: Þis lameth was cald lameth þe blind [Frf: lameþ blinde].
  • a1425 Methodius(1) (Hrl 1900) 96/9: Lameth þe blynde.
  • The above submission has images. To view them, see the URLs below:
    #1 https://oscar.sca.org/images/cImages/228/2018-08-30/14-52-51_Rotrude_name_0002.jpg


    20: Rurik Gjafvaldsson -Resub Device

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

    Gules, in pale a wheel and an axe head Or

    The submitter's branch is Vulcanfeldt.

    The submitter's name was registered in December 2016.

    The submitter's previous device was returned by Laurel in December 2016:

    Rurik Gjafvaldsson. Device. Gules, in pale a wheel and an axe head fesswise Or.

    This device is returned for redraw, for violating SENA A2C2 which states "Elements must be drawn to be identifiable." Commenters could not identify the charge in base. Although an axe head is a period charge (as can be seen in Siebmacher, 1605, plate 123) this depiction does not match the documented period depiction. The period axe head is symmetrical and has a hole visible where the haft attaches.

    This submission is a redraw of the previous device.


    21: Snorri Styrr Boli -Resub Device

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

    Gules, a chalice argent

    The submitter's branch is Wastekeep.

    The submitter's previous device was returned in May 2018 by An Tir:

    Snorri Styrr Bolli. New Device. Sable, a pale gules, a chalice between two boars courant argent.

    This device is returned for style issues. The pale does not have sufficient contrast with the field, as they are both colors. This issue could be solved by choosing a different tincture for the field or the pale, or fimbriating the pale argent or Or.


    22: Summits, Principality of the -New Order Name

    OSCAR finds the name registered exactly as it appears in March of 1999, via An Tir.

    Order of the Silver Axe

    Meaning most important.

    Pattern "Color + Charge" documented in Juliana de Luna's "Medieval Secular Order Names" at http://heraldry.sca.org/names/order/new/.

    "Silver" with meaning heraldic tincture or color silver is documented to (1441) Arms Codrington in BGAS 21 306: Of Silver a veece of Sable Batale counter batale Frett with Gowles. (Middle English Dictionary, https://quod.lib.umich.edu/cgi/m/mec/med-idx?type=byte&byte=180626095&egdisplay=open&egs=180673542)

    "Axe" with meaning edged tool is documented to (1451) Lin.DDoc. 49/6,34: My best axe for werre..a hole harnas of plate & a naxe of were. (Middle English Dictionary, https://quod.lib.umich.edu/cgi/m/mec/med-idx?type=byte&byte=10226420&egdisplay=compact&egs=10235634)


    23: Summits, Principality of the -New Badge

    OSCAR finds the name registered exactly as it appears in March of 1999, via An Tir.

    Per chevron argent and azure, two chalices and a gryphon couchant counterchanged


    24: Summits, Principality of the -New Badge

    OSCAR finds the name registered exactly as it appears in March of 1999, via An Tir.

    Per chevron argent and azure, two sprigs of holly vert fructed azure and a gryphon couchant argent


    25: William of Wealdsmere -New Release of Device

    OSCAR finds the name registered exactly as it appears in November of 1991, via An Tir.

    Per chevron purpure and argent, in base a double horned armorer's anvil sable and on a chief Or a hand sable

    The submitter's branch is Wealdsmere.

    The submitter included a letter as follows:

    I, name redacted, known in the SCA as William of Wealdsmere, hereby release my registered armory, Per Chevron purpose and argent, in base a double horned armorer's anvil and on a chief Or a hand sable. I understand that release of armory is permanent.


    In service to Crown and College,
    Viscountess Elizabeth Turner de Carlisle
    Lions Blood Herald


    OSCAR counts 7 Names, 1 Name Change, 1 Order Name, 15 Devices, 5 Badges and 1 Badge Association. There are 2 releases. There are a total of 32 items submitted on this letter.