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BSB Cgm 145, Das Wappenbuch Conrads von Grünenberg, 1480, folio 212, chicken-head
BSB Cgm 145, Das Wappenbuch Conrads von Grünenberg, 1480, folio 212, chicken-head

Siebmacher 1605, a rose slipped and involved, FB image courtesy of Rayne Evynwod.
Siebmacher 1605, a rose slipped and involved, FB image courtesy of Rayne Evynwod.



Siebmacher 1605?, moon-star, FB image courtesy of Rayne Evynwod.
Siebmacher 1605?, moon-star, FB image courtesy of Rayne Evynwod.

Siebmacher 1605, herring barrel with lilies, FB image courtesy of Rayne Evynwod.
Siebmacher 1605, herring barrel with lilies, FB image courtesy of Rayne Evynwod.

Siebmacher 1605, stringer of fish and fleurs, FB image courtesy of Rayne Evynwod.
Siebmacher 1605, stringer of fish and fleurs, FB image courtesy of Rayne Evynwod.

Siebmacher 1605, skinny chevrons on a skinny pale (vergette), FB image courtesy of Rayne Evynwod.
Siebmacher 1605, skinny chevrons on a skinny pale (vergette), FB image courtesy of Rayne Evynwod.

Siebmacher 1605, dogs on a ladder, FB image courtesy of Rayne Evynwod.
Siebmacher 1605, dogs on a ladder, FB image courtesy of Rayne Evynwod.

Siebmacher 1605, a redorte (stylized twisted branches), FB image courtesy of Rayne Evynwod.
Siebmacher 1605, a redorte (stylized twisted branches), FB image courtesy of Rayne Evynwod.





Bellenville Armorial, 1355-1380, English
Bellenville Armorial, 1355-1380, English

6v is an unusual rendition of a trivet. It's kinda cool.

29v I wanted to be a caterpillar involved, but I think it's a wing. Dunno how to blazon it.

33v is a nice, butch set of three sewing needles.

37r is a set of three garbs that are so stylized they feel like modern graphics.

41v is a weird mill-wheel. There were other, more normal mill wheels and regular wheels (I also liked the wheels with an axle, spoke, but the outer ring of the annulet invected).

42r Turbot. The arms are canting on Both van der Eeme, in a rare case of a cant on the given name.

43r Upside down ermine spots is weird.

50r-1 "Barry embowed to base gules and Or"? Demi-gurges?

50r-2 Curule chair? nut cracker? Per Bruce Draconarius: arms of vanden Wolde or von dem Wolde. Popoff and Pastoureau identify the charge as a "tréteau de table" - a table trestle

50r-3 They look like stick pins? anvils from above? probably empty spindles or yarn quills

50r-4 These could be hats or the head of a pole weapon.

55v Spiders could be a cant on COBham, but Rietstep thinks they're estoiles.

60v a turning cratch? quintin? Per Bruce Draconarius:
Polish armory per Popoff and Pastoureau, in their edition of Bellenville, cite this as the arms of Jan Bielik, and blazon it (translating from the French) as "Gules, a Tau atop a point of three steps, the ends of the cross pieces garnished with a demi-roundel, all Or."

68v A hay rick. This is the first medieval one I think I've seen unless Bruce dug one out the last time we were discussing haystacks


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Armorial of the Brotherhood of St. Christopher, c. 1420, ore sluice? chisel mold? cheese-making tray? grain funnel?

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Insignia Venetorum, BSB 272, 1550-55, strange celestial Fabrizii arms (upper right and lower left), Or on argent (lower right)




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Nurnberg 1555, attributed arms of King Gog of Magog, wounds!

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Sammelband, BSB391, 1530, attributed arms of King Gog of Magog, more wounds

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Book of Attire of the Court of Duke William IV and Albert V of Bavaria, 1508 - 1551, lion on chair unsheathing (?) a sword



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c.1558 Universeel Wapenboek, KM1080, scaly vs. vair? argent on argent?

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Armorial le Breton, 13th-15th C., lion herissony?

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BSB272, Insignia Venetorum Nobilium, 1550-55, Frabrizii arms - 1) sun, 2) old gray man = ?, 3) sun from behind? sunburst?



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16th century Italian, wings counterchanged, position?

BSB278_f012r_flipperwings.jpg
16th cent. Italian flipper wings?

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Zacharias Bartsch, 1567, f38r, demi-owl displayed, pink?


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1506-1509 Livro do Armeiro-Mor, 134v, barry indented and a huge canton

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Zurich Roll, c1340, #237, furison and "dust bunny" crest



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Insignia pontificum Romanorum et cardinalium II, 1550-55, BSB 267, f239r, cornucopias in saltire and multi-tinctured roundels

Bullrushes? Cattails? Hams? Maces? Flower cobs?
Siebmacher_SchenkKolbe-bullrushes.jpg
Siebmacher - Schenk, Kolbe

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Wappen de Hans Burgkmair der Ältere, 1516 German, tessellated bears



Not quite a roundel scalloped?
BSB278_f94r_scallopedroundel.jpg

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Insignia Anglica BSB 291, f28v, zero contrast cross

Dictionary of British Arms; Medieval Ordinary, Volume three, page 202, under "Patterned field 1 plain cross plain border" is Arg fretty Gu cross Arg border Sa, for one Sir Hew Bryce, from WK (Writhe's Book of Knights, temp. Henry VII)
The Cornice
StemmarioTrivulziano_f064_Milan_1450_cornice.jpg
Stemmario Trivulziano, Milanese, c.1450, f64, cornice




Sometimes you wear the crown and sometimes the crown wears you
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Siebmacher 1605, plate 67, crown and monk

Chief of allegiance to? Tierce nebuly? (and, of course, red on blue)
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Chief of allegiance? Nebuly tierce? Red on blue



Per the Neustifter Wappenbuch these are the arms of Reyssmaull, with the blazon: "In Rot wachsender silbern gekleideter Knabe mit silberner Kappe mit linker schwarzer Feder darauf, der mit beiden H{a:}nden die offenen Lippen waagrecht fletscht." Which may translate into "Gules, a boy argent rising (issuant? demi?) capped argent with a black feather in the cap to sinister, with both hands stretching his parted lips fesswise."
Arlberg_1548_knave.jpg
Turban? Judenhutt? Devo?
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Ortenburger Wappenbuch, 1466-73, BSB308u f156v, hat/turban




On a pile inverted issuant from sinister argent a pile issuant from sinister sable?
A pile inverted from sinister sable fimbriated argent?
*Per chevron inverted couched from sinister chief gules and sable, a chevron inverted couched from sinister chief argent* See: http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Hamburg_Schembartbuch_88.jpg
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Schembartbuch, 16th cent.

Corpse on a bier/table/coffin (coffin meaning something different now than then?)
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Siebmacher, plate 156, Leichnam, corpse on a bier/coffin




Film reels? Guide wheel? Norse cross wheel? Host? Monstrous? Lotus root? Or as Riestap calls it, "
De gueules, à la croix pattée alésée d'argent, sommée d'un croissant figuré montant du même." = cross paty pierced argent (the same thing as a cross formy) with the enlarged ends of the arms conjoined.

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Zacharias Bartsch Wappen Buch, 1567, Cross Wheels (?), Lances

Mirror per Riestap? Aebelskiver pan? Egg poacher? Sedar dish? A baker's peel with manchets?
ZachariasBartsch1567_dievonHolnecth.jpg
Hand mill viewed from above

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Manesse Codex, early 14th c, hand mill (top view)



Pavilions issuant from sinister
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Zacharias Bartsch Wappen Buch, 1567, pavillions issuant from sinister

Butterchurn in the crest. Loaves of bread or lozenges on the bend sinister?
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Zacharias Bartsch Wappen Buch, 1567, butterchurn with loaves/lozenges?

Most likely hinges with the holes and break in the middle, but also resemble zules or chess rooks conjoined in base.

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Zacharias Bartsch Wappenbuch, 1567, Hinges (?) and Roundels



A roundel embattled of swallow-tailed merlons as a mark of Ghibelline allegiance?
A sun with swallow-tailed rays eclipsed azure and charged with a castle or a bridge of two towers?
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BSB 270, f539r

Passant over rampant? Or just rampants drawn funny to fill the space?
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Scheibler'sches Wappenbuch, 1450-1580, BSB 312

Arrows between demi-arrows?
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Zacharias Bartsch Wappen Buch, 1567, turnips and arrows/demi-arrows



"Gyronny of 8 gules and azure fimbriated Or" vs
"Gyronny of 8 gules and azure, a fillet cross and fillet saltire Or"
vs ?
UniverseelWapenboek_c1558_KM1074 &1076_GyronnyFimbriated.jpg
Universeel Wapenboek c 1558
Not necessarily SCA-legal, depending on the blazon.A roundel counter-changed charged with roundel gules charged with wing argent - would constitute 4 layers, non-registerable.A roundel gules fimbriated counterchanged charged with a wing argent - would be 3 layers.
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BSB 274, Insignia Veneta, 1550-55, f120r, legal?





Feather duster? Feather fan? Cotton ball?
Palm tree? Artichoke/thistle?
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Wappenbuch der Konrad Grünenberg 1602-04, Img 570
A maunch? Mutant flaunch? A demi-fleur?
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Wappenbuch der Arlberg-Brudershaft, 1548, not f76


A cross formy double-pommeled at the foot?
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Wappenbuch der Arlberg-Brudershaft, 1548, f361




Pommerian rune, Camminer cross, cross of Cammin
Siebmacher_plate12-cammin-chamin.jpg
Siebmacher, Plate 12, Bishop of Chamin (Cammin)

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bishopric_of_Cammin

http://www.armorial.dk/german/Richental.pdf

"an inverted F superimposed on a T"

" a Tau cross with the sinister cross-limb folded downward at the end, and the lower limb conjoined to a potent in dexter"

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Insignia Venetorum nobilium II (A-IP) - BSB 272 Italien 1550-1555, folio 59r

Bonaldo - moustaches? brackets? flint steels? horseshoes? spurs without the pokey bit? and note the orientation!

Bonanisegna #1 - Gules semy of bones? scrolls?, three bendlets argent.

Bonanisegna #2 - Bendy gules and argent, semy of passion nails (spear heads?) sable

Bonanisegna #3 - Gules semy of crutches (stirrups? spurs?), three bendlets argent.


Firedogs
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Sammelband mehrerer Wappenbücher BSB 391, 1530, Fire dogs



Bolt (canting name)
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BSB 278, Insignia Lucensium, 1550-55, Catenatcci canting arms, door bolt.
Electron field? Oil press? Pestle? Double-handed pigment grinder? Lace bobbin?
Arlberg_p57-237_1548_mystery.jpg
Wappenbuch der Arlberg-Brudershaft, 1548, f57 & 271, Spinnler family?


Medieval winch? Hamster/dog wheel? Ships wheel? Yarn winder? Wind mill?Bellenville_f70_14thC.jpg
Horizontal butter churn (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Butter_churn )?
Cheese maker? Sausage grinder?
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Wappenbuch des Heiligen Römischen Reiches - BSB 390, Nürnberg, 1554 - 1568, folio 715
"In red, silver octagon, on it a silver hand/glove" according to Harwick Arch.
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Wappenbuch der Arlberg-Brudershaft, 1548, f ?


A roundel wavy?

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Wappenbuch der Arlberg-Brudershaft, 1548, f849, a roundel wavy?

Argent, a falcon rising atop a trimount azure between two barrulets embowed to chief gules, the trimount issuant from the lower barrulet.

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Wappenbuch der Arlberg-Brudershaft, 1548, f ?, barrulets

A pointy cartouche? a fusil? a lense?
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Wappenbuch der Arlberg-Brudershaft, 1548, f570


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Wappenbuch der Arlberg-Brudershaft, 1548

726 Ott Fleming: Sable, two batons headed of chevrons couped in saltire Or (vs. spear/unfletched arrows).

767 Jorg Zyl: Per pale azure and argent, two batons headed of chevrons couped in saltire counterchanged (vs. spear/unfletched arrows).

794: Cherboy: Sable, a cross between four batons headed of chevrons inverted argent (vs. broadheads).

794: Bursckrafft: Gules, two batons headed at each end of trefoils in saltire Or (vs. saltire/salterelle bottony).

841 Ammy: Gules, two batons headed of pomegranates/poppies/rosehips/onions in saltire argent.