10 October 1984, A.S. XIX

Unto the members of the College of Arms,

from Baldwin of Erebor, Laurel King of Arms.

Courteous greetings,

Enclosed herewith is the letter of acceptances and returns from my meeting of 16 September, consisting of 141 approvals, 44 returns, and 1 pending submission, for a total of 186 entries and a nominal approval rate of 69%. The letters processed at the meeting were Atenveldt (5/17), Caid (6/19), Middle (6/19), West (6/20), An Tir (6/25), Ansteorra (6/25), Atenveldt (6/25), and Meridies (6/28).


My next meeting is scheduled for October 21. At this meeting I will process the following letters of intent: Calontir (7/4), Caid (7/17), West (7/17), Atlantia (7/21), East (7/22), East (7/25), Middle (7/26), and East (7/28). At Star's request, the Ansteorra letter of 7/24 has been moved to the November meeting.

The November meeting is scheduled for the 11th. Letters of comment should be in by Monday, October 29. The letters scheduled for the November meeting are: Ansteorra (7/24), West (8/5), Middle (8/9), Atenveldt (8/11), and Caid (8/22).

My December meeting will be on the 16th. The deadline for LoCs is Saturday, December 1. Slated for action in December are letters of intent from the East (9/9), Caid (9/12), West (9/13), Middle (9/25), and Meridies (9/26).

Mailing list

Please restore the Third Shield Herald, Lady AElfhaelen Dracasidth, to the list of corresponding members of the College of Arms. Her address is: G. Dee Redman, 309 South Sixth Street, Lafayette, IN 47901. Please remove Asterisk Herald (Mistress Clare RosMuire St. John) from the list.

Rules for Submissions

During his class on points of difference at the heraldry symposium in Loch Salann, Lord Garin de Gramercy questioned the need for rule XIII.7 (page 29), which lists "Permutation of tinctures between the field and the charges" as a minor point of difference. He stated that, in the two years he has been researching conflicts for the West Kingdom, he has never had occasion to invoke this rule. Master Wilhelm responded that the rule was a carry­over from earlier days; he and Lord Garin agreed that it had probably been superseded by the outline rule (X.5, page 20). Barring any serious objections from the College, rule XIII.7 is a prime candidate for deletion the next time the rules are revised.

Crescent Herald has called to my attention the following apparent errors in the Rules for Submissions:

The discussion for IX.4 (page 15) lists azure and purpure as having sufficient contrast for gyronny of six or eight. I do not believe this is correct.

The discussion for IX.6 (page 16) states that "Wreaths of red heraldic roses are reserved for queens." It should read, "Wreaths of heraldic roses in any tincture are reserved for queens and former queens."

The discussion for XIII.B.3 (page 29) lists "voided vs. fimbriated" as being worth a minor point of difference. The heraldic difference between voiding and fimbriation is negligible.


(Pronounced pear­CHEV­ra­peel­LAY if you're a French speaker, and purr­CHEV­ruh­pile­lee if you're a silly English herald. It's a portmanteau word made up of "per chevron," "a pile," and "chapé," and was invented for the sole purpose of providing a catchy heading for this part of the letter.)

Heraldry provides for a number of roughly triangular shapes and sections of the field. English heraldry by itself isn't all that picky, but we have compounded the problem in Society heraldry by admitting several terms from Continental blazon. Since it behooves us to agree upon our terminology, particularly where conflicts are concerned, I'd like to present the following definitions, which are the ones currently being used by the Laurel office:

Per chevron intersects the sides of the field, even if the line of partition is enhanced (raised) or abased (lowered). The angle is fairly shallow. Per chevron throughout raises the point of the division until it touches the chief, but it doesn't affect the sides.

A pile does not intersect the corners of the chief. A medieval pile is approximately one­third the width of the chief, and is always throughout ­­ it resembles a tapered pale more than anything else. A modern or Tudor pile is about two­thirds the width of the chief, and extends most of the way to the base (at least as far as nombril point). A pile inverted does the same thing from the bottom up.

A chief triangular is formed by two lines issuing from the corners of the chief and meeting in honor point. It's like the top third of a per­pall division. The term is an anglicization of chef­triangulaire; I got it from the French glossary in Woodward's lo, these many years ago.

Chaussé is the reason we have to draw our piles carefully. It's a Continental term for a treatment of the field formed by drawing two lines from the corners of the chief and uniting them in base. The blazon describes the outlying parts of the field ­ a field "vert, chausse argent" has a green center and white sides. (Chaussé means 'shod'; the white parts are the field's "shoes.")

The complement of chaussé is chapé, which means 'coped' (i.e., covered with a cape). A field "Or, chapé azure" has two lines issuing from the corners of the base and meeting in the middle of the chief; the center part is gold, and the part covering the "shoulders" is blue.

[Note:scanned LoAR - pictures missing.]

The above illustrations show (1) per chevron, (2) a medieval pile, (3) a modern pile, (4) a chief triangular, and (5) chaussé.

Et cetera

Principal heralds (and CoA representatives): when you are preparing a letter of intent, please remember to include any diacritical marks or accents that are part of a name. These marks often have grammatical significance. If the omission is intentional, you should correct the submission forms (use white­out), so the accents aren't accidentally reinstated.

Please believe me to be,

Your servant,

Baldwin of Erebor

Laurel King of Arms