SCA heraldry announcement for commentary

Patrick Anderson, President of the Society for Creative Anachronism, Inc., relays information from Laurel and Wreath Sovereigns of Arms regarding use of laurel wreaths in heraldry.

Patrick Anderson writes:

Ladies and gentlemen,

Laurel and Wreath Sovereigns of Arms asked that this be sent out over Announcements as it affects more people than can be reached through heraldic channels.

PLEASE DO NOT SEND COMMENTS TO COMMENTS@SCA.ORG. I know what the auto-signature file at the bottom says, but comments sent to comments@sca.org will not get to Laurel and Wreath.

Instead, send comments to wreath-herald@sca.org.

Again, please send comments on this to wreath-herald@sca.org.

Thank you,

Patrick
President, SCA, Inc.


Istvan, soon to be Wreath Sovereign of Arms, writes:

Greetings!

The following items were included on the Cover Letter that was issued this past weekend, with requests for comment from the populace of the SCA and not just the College of Arms. If these questions have not yet appeared on your kingdom's heraldic and/or your kingdom's main mailing list, please forward this email to those lists.

The decisions on these subjects will be made at the November 2008 Wreath meeting. Those who wish to comment but are not commenting members of the College of Arms (and thus unable to post to OSCAR), may send their commentary directly to wreath-herald@sca.org; those comments will then be posted verbatim to OSCAR. All comments submitted in this fashion should arrive by October 24, 2008. This will give the volunteers doing this manual copying sufficient time for their work.

Please address these questions separately, if at all possible.

1: Laurel Wreaths and Territorial Arms

Currently laurel wreaths are reserved for - and are a required component of - territorial arms. This topic has been a subject of debate many times. It has long been argued that the requirement that territorial arms have a laurel wreath as a prominent component of the arms is ahistoric. The counter-argument has been that it makes it easy to identify territorial groups which, while not a period practice, is very much part of SCA historical practice. We are considering removing the requirement that territorial arms have a laurel wreath and invite comments from the College of Arms and others.

2: Laurel Wreaths for Laurels

Currently laurel wreaths are reserved for territorial arms. A member of the Order of the Pelican may register armory with the symbol of the order, as may a member of the Order of the Chivalry. It has been suggested that members of the Order of the Laurel should also be allowed to registered armory with the symbol of their order. We request opinions on whether or not laurel wreaths should be reserved for members of the Order of the Laurel in addition to territorial arms. Please note that this decision is independent of the decision whether or not to remove the requirement that territorial arms include a laurel wreath. Regardless of the outcome of these two discussions, laurel wreaths will continue to be reserved for territorial arms.

- Istvan
...soon to be Wreath Sovereign of Arms

This announcement is an official informational release by the Society for Creative Anachronism , Inc. Permission is granted to reproduce this announcement in its entirety in newsletters, websites and electronic mailing lists.