|A Branch Herald's Toolbox|
A Herald's Toolbox
by Mistress Jaelle of Armida, Lady Alanna of Volchevo Lesa, and Master Gawain of MiskbridgePermission is hereby granted to reprint this article in SCA Publications
Each working herald should have a toolbox full of the tools of his trade. Below you will find a suggested list of what belongs in the herald's toolbox. Don't worry if you don't have everything on the list, especially some of the books. We know that they can be expensive, and sometimes difficult to find. We don't expect you to necessarily own all the books, although you probably want to be able to get access to most of them. Starred items are more important than the non-starred ones.
A. Things to take with you to most SCA events, meetings, etc.
A portable file box or folder in which to carry:
B. Things to take with you when you know you are going to be doing consulting or other heraldic duties.
A large box for books: Rubbermaid makes some nice ones that will keep things dry, but cardboard works OK with proper precautions.
C. Things you need to have but can leave at home.
1. File cabinet or other storage box for the group's files. *
(Copies of all correspondence, both incoming and outgoing, and all submissions.) *
2. Submission forms - masters. *
3. Heraldry books:
A. Boutell's Heraldry, alternatively, Fox-Davies - A Complete Guide to Heraldry or Bedingfeld & Jones - Heraldry. Be aware that Fox-Davies and Boutell are writing from a Victorian perspective.
B. Parker - A Glossary of Terms Used in Heraldry, alternatively, Brooke-Little - An Heraldic Alphabet, or Friar - A Dictionary of Heraldry
D. There are lots more you might want to have. See Laurel's web site for an annotated bibliography.
4. Name books: (see comment above.)
6. Kingdom Law
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