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Avacal LoI dated 2017-07-20

This month we have two submissions for your commentary. Commentary for this letter will be close on Aug 12, 2017.

The Avacal College of Heralds will meet on August 14, 2017 at 7:30 pm via Google Hangouts. Please send an email to submissions herald if you want to be included.

1: Avacal, Kingdom of -Resub Order Name

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

Harp of Avacal, Order of the

Order of Griffins Songe was returned on April 2017 LoAR:

"This item was pended on the October 2016 Letter of Acceptances and Returns.

This order name must be returned because it does not follow any documented pattern for the naming of orders or awards.

First, this name does not follow the pattern of naming orders using saint's name + "other." In all of the documented examples found in Juliana de Luna's Medieval Secular Order Names (http://heraldry.sca.org/names/order/new/ListingOfStandardForms.html#AllSaintOther), the "other" that follows the saint's name is either a recognized object of veneration or a heraldic charge. No evidence was provided that a song was a heraldic charge.

Likewise, a song is not an object of veneration as that concept was understood in our period. In medieval Christianity in particular, objects of veneration were limited to physical objects very closely associated with a holy figure - generally clothing, body parts, blood or breast milk. There is no evidence that hymns or songs were venerated in the same way as, for example, a piece of the True Cross was venerated.

The June 2016 registration of Award of Griffins Agate to the Kingdom of Avacal does not change this analysis. An agate is a physical object. This particular order name was registered as Griffins Agate rather than as using the more general Gem or Gemstone based on examples from period literature closely associating griffins with agates. There is no similar period literature associating griffins with songs or music such as would allow the use of the Grandfather Clause here.

Second, although both Griffins and Song are English name elements, precedent clearly 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." [7/2016 CL]. No such documentation was presented here.

Accordingly, as this name does not fit any documented period pattern or grandfathered pattern for naming orders, it must be returned."

This name has been completely changed.

Harp - is a heraldic charge found in the Picture Dictionary (http://mistholme.com/?s=harp) and is also found in the MED - harp(e) (n.) 1.(a) A harp; also, any of several ancient stringed instruments; in ~, with the harp, to the accompaniment of a harp; in proverb [see asse 1. (c)]; (b) ~ long, the large harp; ~ smal, a small harp held in the hands; (c) ~ gle, harp playing; ~ maker, a maker of harps; also, as surname; ~ streng [OE hearpe-streng], a harp string. 2. (a) Harp playing, harp music; (b) a harper. 3. In place names: a place where the harp is played; an object (natural or man-made) shaped like a harp, a salt harp, etc. [see Smith PNElem. 1.240].

Addition "of Avacal" allowed as per Group Name Allowance SENA NPN.1.C.2f.

The construction pattern of charge is in article Medieval Secular Order Names by Juliana de Luna (Julia Smith) heraldry.sca.org/names/orders/new ; therefore the "Order of the Harp of Avacal" is acceptable as per SENA NPN.1.C. Standards for Designators and Substantive Elements.

The permission letter from Their Majesties of Avacal is on file with the submissions herald.

2: Myrgan Wood, Barony of -Resub Badge

OSCAR finds the name registered exactly as it appears in October of 1983, via the Middle.

Argent, an elm tree eradicated proper leaved gules, on a chief vert a goutte Or.

This submission is to be associated with Order of Blood of the Wood

This submission was returned on the July 2016 LoAR:

"This badge is returned for redraw. The depiction of the goutte is not one of the acceptable forms as described in the March 2013 Cover Letter (http://heraldry.sca.org/loar/2013/03/13-03cl.html#5). As stated in that Cover Letter, in period heraldry the vast majority of gouttes were drawn with quite distinct wavy tails but teardrop shaped gouttes are registerable as long as they are elongated, more than twice as long as they are wide. The goutte here does not fit any of these registerable depictions."

This re-draw has fixed the goutte size.

The Permission letter from the Baron and Baroness is on file with the submissions herald.


Avacal College of Heralds

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