A jerkin is a close-fitting jacket, generally sleeveless and hip-length, worn as an item of clothing from the early 16th Century. Elizabethan jerkins were often richly decorated, but some jerkins (worn by soldiers rather than courtiers) were made of leather (a “buff jerkin”) or quilted cloth. Although a period artifact, we’ve no examples of the jerkin’s use in period heraldry per se. However, the “slashed doublet”, long-sleeved and buttoned down the front, is found in the canting arms (Italian giubbone, dial. zupone) of Zupponi, c.1550 [BSB Cod.Icon 275:71].
A related charge, the “pelisson”, a fur-trimmed outer garment from the 12th and 13th Centuries, is found in the canting arms (Italian pelliccione) of de Pilizonis, mid-15th C. [Triv 276].
The jerkin is affronty by Society default. See also cuirass.
Bébhinn le Cuilter bears: Vert, a sewing needle bendwise sinister, eye to base argent, overall a quilted jerkin Or, all within a bordure argent.
Elaine Howys of Morningthorpe bears as a badge: A jerkin per pale gules and Or.
A jew’s-harp is a musical instrument consisting of a simple frame with a vibrating central prong; it’s held against the teeth to play, using the mouth as a resonating cavity. It was also known as a “jew’s-trump” in period, and a “mouth harp” in modern times. The jew’s-harp is a period charge, found in the arms of Brenntl, 1548 [Vigil Raber’s Armorial of the Arlberg Brotherhood of St. Christopher, fo.120]; the instrument itself is illustrated in Virdung’s Musica Getutscht, 1511 [Montagu 91]. The jew’s-harp has its prong to chief by Society default.
Barak Raz bears: Per pale sable and azure, a jew’s-harp Or.
Torleif Sverkerssen Hvide bears: Gules, three jew’s-harps inverted Or.
Zoe Doukaina bears as a badge: Argent, a jew’s-harp purpure.
Jewelry are items of personal adornment, usually made from precious metals or stones. While they are often shown worn on a human form, they are also used as charges in their own right. Examples from Society armory include cameo busts, wristlets and arm-rings, and necklaces.
Individual gemstones are also sometimes found as charges, as in the civic arms of Beihlstein, 1605 [Siebmacher 226]. Gemstones should be cut in a period style: for instance, the gem in the arms of Beihlstein is hexagonal. In Society armory the step-cut (or emerald-cut), as seen in Holbein’s portraits, is the most common. By default, gemstones are drawn as seen from above – gemstones in profile are considered a step from period practice – and should be solidly tinctured, not chased.
The illustration shows an hexagonal gemstone, as in the arms of Beihlstein, and a step-cut gemstone as frequently seen in Society armory. For specific entries, see: brooch, crown, paternoster, ring, torque.
The Baron of Gyldenholt bears as a badge: Azure, a hexagonal gemstone Or.
Gerold Bright Angel bears: Gules, a double cameo bust within two wings conjoined Or.
Branwen of Cherry Bay bears: Gules, a boar’s-tooth necklace in orle throughout argent.
Lucia Greenstone bears: Argent, a step-cut emerald palewise vert.
Juggler’s clubs are throwing weights with handles, used by jugglers in their profession for their balance. They don’t appear to have been used by jugglers before the 20th Century; no period examples have yet been found. The charge is currently disallowed, pending period evidence. See also staff.
Thomas the Wanderer bears: Argent, a winged sword, wings inverted sable, maintained by a gauntlet issuant from sinister base, in chief two juggler’s clubs in chevron inverted gules.