of My SCA Arms
Zoe' Anastaisa Dallassena deFlora
awarded 1985, Principality of Drachenwald
Since a coat of arms is a graphic
means of identification, the arms represent the individual or family.
The degree of honor and respect accorded to the arms depends upon the
behavior and contributions to the community or society of those who bear
The field - is the entire shield
and elevation of the mind
Truth and loyalty
The Charges - Cross, Cinquefoils, and
cross is a geometrical figure consisting of two lines or bars
intersecting each other at a 90° angle, dividing one or two of the
lines in half. The lines usually run vertically and horizontally.
cross is one of the most ancient human symbols, and is used by many
religions, most notably Christianity.
is frequently a representation of the division of the world into four
elements (or cardinal points), or alternately as the union of the
concepts of divinity, the vertical line, and the world, the horizontal
line (Koch, 1955).
cross used here - Also known as the Latin cross or crux
ordinaria. It is the most common symbol of Christianity,
intended to represent the redeeming martyrdom of Jesus when he is
crucified on the True Cross in the New Testament.
It is used
here as a representation of the division of the world
into four elements
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- Hope and Joy
(Tower/Chateau) - Safety and Grandeur
frequent augmentation of honor is the addition of supporters, either
persons, objects, or heraldic beasts on one or both sides of the shield.
These virtually always indicate nobility. I used cinquefoils. and gold
or martyr; Military strength and magnanimity
elevation of the mind
||Strong and lasting
||Hope and Joy
The crest normally stands
within a wreath of cloth, called a torse, in the principal
tinctures of the shield (the liveries). Objects frequently borne
as crests include animals, especially lions, normally showing
only the fore half; human figures, likewise often from the waist
up; hands or arms holding weapons; bird's wings. In Germany and
nearby countries, the crest often repeats the liveries in the
form of a tall hat, a fan of plumes in alternating tinctures, or
a pair of curving horns.
I used a Tower/Castle. I did
not use a torse, I used Mantling
Mantling or lambrequin is drapery tied to
the helmet (My case a Tower) above the shield. It forms a
backdrop for the shield. It is a depiction of the protective
cloth covering (often of linen) worn by knights from their
helmets to stave off the elements, and, secondarily, to decrease
the effects of sword-blows against the helmet in battle, from
which it is usually shown tattered or cut to shreds as if
damaged in combat, though the edges of most are simply decorated
at the emblazoner's discretion.
There is a
widespread misconception, due in part to Victorian stationers'
marketing of engraved letterheads, that a crest and a coat of
arms belong to everyone with the same family name; but usage by
persons not descended from the original grantee constitutes
"family crests" continue to be sold to the gullible by
heraldic bucket shops.