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An Ordinary of Siebmacher's Wappenbuch


Modern:

Pictorial Dictionary, 3rd edition:


Vector Graphics:






Pennsic Traceable Art Project




Sources:

Academy of St. Gabriel "Medieval Heraldry Archive" - http://www.s-gabriel.org/heraldry/
Archive of St. Gabriel reports - http://www.panix.com/~gabriel/public-bin/archive.cgi
Laurel Armory Articles - http://heraldry.sca.org/laurel/armory_articles.html

New Heraldic Primer (Heraldry for Non-Heralds) - http://heraldry.sca.org/armory/newprimer/
Pictorial Dictionary of Heraldry (PicDic), 3rd Edition - http://mistholme.com/pictorial-dictionary-of-heraldry (in progress)
Period Armorials

Parker's Heraldry - http://karlwilcox.com/parker/
Riestap's Armorial Général - http://www.euraldic.com/lasu/bl/bl_a_aa.html

Parker's Heraldry:

Abased, (fr. abaissé): this term is used when a chevron, fesse, or other ordinary, is borne lower than its usual situation. Charges, however, when placed low down in the shield are said to be in base.
http://karlwilcox.com/parker/a/Abased

Precedents:

Precedents of the SCA College of Arms - http://heraldry.sca.org/laurel/precedents.html
Morsulus Heralds Website - http://www.morsulus.org/ (to search the LoARs and Precedents)
Restatement Wiki - http://yehudaheraldry.com/restatement/index.php?title=Main_Page (restatements of Precedents)
Use the above links to be sure any precedents listed below haven't been superseded by newer precedents.

Definition:



Registerability:

(Restricted, Reserved, SFPP, OOP)

December 2015 - abased chevronells:

Cloondara, Shire of. Badge. Or, three chevronels vert, overall two towers in fess gules.
This badge is returned for redraw, for having abased chevronels where the move is not forced by other elements of the design. Precedent from the LoAR January 1992 states:
  • "These bendlets are enhanced so much to chief that the style becomes unacceptably modern" [Penelopee of the Quill, R-East, Jan 1992 LoAR].
Further refined in the LoAR November 2002:
  • "The chevron abased here is too far to base to be acceptable without documentation for such a design in period. Overly enhanced ordinaries have been a reason for return for many years as non-period style: "These bendlets are enhanced so much to chief that the style becomes unacceptably modern" (LoAR January 1992). Overly abased ordinaries suffer from the same problem." [Muirgius mac Con Mara hui Ségdai, R-Trimaris, Nov 2002 LoAR]
http://heraldry.sca.org/loar/2015/12/15-12lar.html#354

August 2015 - abased scarpes:

Orion Williams of Glaedenfeld. Device. Per bend azure and vert, two scarpes abased argent.
This device is returned for redraw, for having abased scarpes. Longstanding precedent states:
  • "The chevron abased here is too far to base to be acceptable without documentation for such a design in period. Overly enhanced ordinaries have been a reason for return for many years as non-period style: "These bendlets are enhanced so much to chief that the style becomes unacceptably modern" (LoAR January 1992). Overly abased ordinaries suffer from the same problem." [Muirgius mac Con Mara hui Ségdai, R-Trimaris, Nov 2002 LoAR]
http://heraldry.sca.org/loar/2015/08/15-08lar.html#281

February 2014 - abased fess and per fess line:

Fionnghuala de Saint Barbe. Device. Per pale lozengy vert and argent and gules, a fess wavy argent.
This device is returned for conflict with the important non-SCA flag of Seychelles, Per fess abased gules and vert, a fess abased wavy argent. There is a DC for the change in field, but nothing for the difference between a fess and a fess abased.
Commenters questioned whether or not there was an identifiability issue with the fess wavy on this field, which may be unidentifiable against the lozengy vert and argent portion of the field as it shares a tincture with that half. If the field were entirely lozengy vert and argent, there would likely be an identifiability problem. However, as the fess wavy has high contrast with the other half of the field, and we have no reason to believe it to be an asymmetrical charge, it is identifiable.
http://heraldry.sca.org/loar/2014/02/14-02lar.html

November 2002 - abased chevron:

Muirgius mac Con Mara hui Ségdai. Device. Azure, two natural seahorses addorsed tails entwined and a chevron abased argent.
  • The chevron abased here is too far to base to be acceptable without documentation for such a design in period. Overly enhanced ordinaries have been a reason for return for many years as non-period style: "These bendlets are enhanced so much to chief that the style becomes unacceptably modern" (LoAR January 1992). Overly abased ordinaries suffer from the same problem.
  • In the particular case of this chevron, this design could also be interpreted as a voided point pointed. Points pointed may not be voided per RfS VIII.3, which states that "Voiding and fimbriation may only be used with simple geometric charges placed in the center of the design."
  • On redesign, the submitter should be careful to avoid conflict with Conrad d'Anjou, Azure, a chevron and in chief two sheaves of arrows argent, and Alyna of Snow Camp, Azure, two seahorses addorsed, tails nowed, and in chief a decrescent argent.
http://heraldry.sca.org/loar/2002/11/02-11lar.html

July 1993 - saltire abased:

Angus Ulrich. Device. Vert, in chief an eagle displayed, facing sinister, and in base a saltire, overall an orle of chain Or. This raised some question in the commentary as to whether the saltire could legitimately be "abased" (not issuant from the corners of the chief), as in this submission. Normally, the placement of a saltire is fixed by the points of the shield: the upper limbs issue from the corners of the chief, as would bends and bends sinister. However, using the 13th Century arms of FitzWalter (Or, a fess between two chevrons gules) as a model, we decided that a hypothetical Or, a fess between two saltires gules would be acceptable style -- which would therefore argue that a saltire need not automatically issue from the corners of the chief, but might move to chief or to base if the design dictated. We also decided that such movement should be noted in the blazon, either implicitly (as in our hypothetical example) or explicitly (as in this submission).
http://heraldry.sca.org/loar/1993/07/lar.html

January 1992 - bendlets enhanced to chief:

Penelopee of the Quill. Device. Vert, a quill pen bendwise Or, three bendlets enhanced Or.
These bendlets are enhanced so much to chief that the style becomes unacceptably modern. [Irreverent quote from the Laurel meeting: "They're so close to the margins that they become marginal!"]
http://heraldry.sca.org/loar/1992/01/lar.html

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Collected Precedents:

2nd Tenure of Elisabeth de Rossignol (April 2011 - August 2011) - Collected Armory Precedents
1st Tenure of Elisabeth de Rossignol (May 2005 - July 2008) - Collected Armory Precedents
The 2nd Tenure of François la Flamme (October 2004 - May 2005) - Collected Armory Precedents
The Tenure of Shauna of Carrick Point (May 2004 - August 2004) - Collected Armory Precedents
The Tenure of François la Flamme (August 2001 - April 2004) - Collected Armory Precedents
The Tenure of Elsbeth Anne Roth (June 1999 - July 2001) - Collected Armory Precedents
The Tenure of Jaelle of Armida (June 1996 - June 1999) - Single HTML Document
The 2nd Tenure of Da'ud ibn Auda (November 1993 - June 1996) -
The Tenure of Bruce Draconarius of Mistholme (June 1992 - October 1993) - Collected precedents
The 1st Tenure of Da'ud ibn Auda (June 1990 - June 1992) -
The Tenure of Alisoun MacCoul of Elphane (September 1986 - June 1990) - Collected Precedents
The Tenure of Baldwin of Erebor (August 1984 - August 1986) - Single HTML Document
The Tenure of Wilhelm von Schlüssel (August 1979 - August 1984) - ABASED
The Tenure of Karina of the Far West (December 1975 - June 1979) - Collected Precedents
The Early Days (June 1971 - June 1975) - Collected Precedents


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