Uses for Heraldry
compiled by Baron Modar Neznanich
Okay, so you have a heraldic device or badge. Now what do you do with it?
Put it on things naturally.
of things should you put it on? As someone once said, "When
to your personal items, if it doesn't move, put your armory on it. If it's moving, stop it
and put something with your armory on it (if it doesn't object too loudly)."
are uses for heraldry that have been noted from either period
or in SCA use.
items have been marked using needlework (embroidery,
silk screening, painting, carving, burning or other methods.
of these items do you have your armory on?
pennons and standards
charters, scrolls and other documents
personal prayer books
tabard/baldric with your badge for your retainers
tabard/baldric with your device for your personal herald
tents/pavilion (roof & walls)
Clothing & Accessories
busk (for corset) carving
jewelry (including bracelets, necklaces, medallions and rings)
shoes and boots
markers for tourney-field ropes
headboards of beds
knobs for cabinets, doors, etc.
outer painting for a diptych
stained glass windows
towels (can be cross-stitched)
wall hangings/plaques in various mediums
water bottle covers
woven into lace
(caparisons, saddles, tack equipment)
pet accessories (leashes, collars, tags, carriers, blankets, coats)
swanmarks (you carve these on the bill of the swan)
(there are period examples)
commode lid decoration
computer background and/or screen saver
decorative plates and cups
etchings on blades, etc.
magnets (small for refrigirator, large for side of car)
mounting block (step for getting on horses)
toys (children's wagons, hobbyhorses, juggling equipment, cube puzzles, game boards)
vehicles: side of tourney carts, pushcarts, wagons and wains plus modern vehicles
Use of Device vs Use of Badge
While there is no restriction on use in the SCA, there are times when it is more appropriate (historically speaking) to use one's heraldic badge instead of ones's device and vice-versa.
Which are those times?
The general rule of thumb is that your device says, "Hello, my name is George." and your badge says, "This belongs to George."
As such, use your device on things that you personally wear or which represent you: armour, clothes, banners, tabard of personal herald speaking in your name, rings, stationary, etc.
Use your badge on other things: books, tents, carts, clothes of retainers, etc.
©1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003,
2004, 2005, 2006, 2007 Ron "Modar" Knight
Baron Modar Neznanich, OPel, Volk Herald
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