Ape clog

Ape clog (Period)

An ape clog, or ape’s clogge, is a large block of wood with a chain attached. It acts both as a perch for a pet ape (to which the chain’s other end would be attached) and as an anchoring weight. The ape clog is a period charge, used as a badge by William de la Pole, Duke of Suffolk, d.1450 [Siddons II.2 231; HB 147].

Asgertha Ryland of Buchanan bears as a badge: An ape clog quarterly vert and sable, chained argent.

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