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Pictorial Dictionary of SCA Heraldry (3rd edition):

Brickbat's Armorial Stash - [[2]]:

Pennsic Traceable Art Project


Academy of St. Gabriel "Medieval Heraldry Archive" - [[3]] Archive of St. Gabriel reports - [[4]] Laurel Armory Articles - [[5]] Period Armorials


Precedents of the SCA College of Arms - [[6]] Morsulus Heralds Website - [[7]] (to search the LoARs and Precedents) Restatement Wiki - [[8]] (restatements of Precedents) Use the above links to be sure any precedents listed below haven't been superseded by newer precedents.



From the April 2005 LoAR: [(Fieldless) In pale a furison Or conjoined to a gunstone issuing flames proper.] This badge is returned for violating RfS XI.1, which says, "Armory that contains elements reserved to or required of certain ranks, positions, or territorial entities, inside or outside the Society, is considered presumptuous." In this case, the use of a gold furison striking a flint issuing flames gives the appearance that the submitter is claiming membership in the Toison d'Or (Order of the Golden Fleece), one of the most prominent orders in our period.

This order, whose membership was restricted to the highest nobility, was founded by Philip the Good, Duke of Burgundy and Count of Flanders, in 1429. Its members typically wore the badge of the order, a golden fleece, suspended from a collar made of links that each depict an enflamed flint between and struck by two gold furisons. This flint-and-steel motif makes reference to a livery badge used by the founder of the order (D'Arcy Jonathan Dacre Boulton, The Knights of the Crown: The Monarchical Orders of Knghthood in Later Medieval Europe 1325-1520, pp. 366-367). Period illustrations of this collar can be seen on p. 85 of Ottfried Neubecker,Heraldry: Sources, Symbols and Meaning, and on p. 84 of Carl-Alexander von Volborth, The Art of Heraldry, as well as in many portraits of the order's illustrious members.

While the collar described above is the most common representation of this motif, examples showing different combinations of furison and enflamed flint, with or without a golden fleece, can also be seen in portraits and in regalia associated with the Toison d'Or. For example, La Toison d'Or Bruges 1962, a catalog from a exhibition on the order, shows a 15th C half-circle cloak decorated with a single furison striking an enflamed flint together with the arms of Burgundy and Artois. The same catalogue also includes a portrait of Floris van Egmont (c. 1519-1520) in which the subject wears the golden fleece conjoined to a single flint-and-steel suspended from a ribbon rather than the usual collar. In addition, a portrait of Jean de Luxembourg (c. 1510-1520), also found in the exhibition catalogue, shows the subject wearing a pendent which depicts a flint enflamed conjoined to a fleece, with no furison at all.

All of these examples suggest that both gold furisons and enflamed flints, separately or together, are closely associated with the Toison d'Or. Moreover, it appears that members of the Toison d'Or used various combinations of furison, flint, and fleece to represent their connection to the order. Therefore, we will consider presumptuous the use, in any orientation, of any combination of two or more of the following: a fleece Or, a furison Or, and a flint of any tincture enflamed Or, gules, or proper. [Ianto van Diemen, [[9]], R-Lochac]




#x--Precedents:-Collected Precedents:Collected Precedents:

Tenure of Elisabeth de Rossignol (May 2005 - July 2008) - [[10]]

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

In the Ordinary:

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