Two bottles (Period; Accepted)

Two bottles (Period; Accepted)

A bottle is a small vessel, usually of glass or ceramic, with a narrow neck and mouth.  There were a wide variety of shapes used in period, but few found their way to heraldry; any period shape of bottle may be used in Society armory.  The illustration shows two typical examples; the one on the left is taken from the allusive arms (Italian muscia, a pint measure of wine) of de Muschiaro, mid-15th C. [Triv 223], where the allusion makes clear that it’s a wine bottle.

The bottle should never be drawn as though transparent, through the use of voiding or chasing; it should be solidly tinctured.  The bottle has its mouth to chief by default.  For related charges, see amphora, flask.  See also whistle (mariner’s).

John Linsdell of Tresco bears:  Or, a bottle bendwise inverted azure distilling a goutte, a base gules.

Lorenz Wieland bears:  Azure, a winged bottle bendwise sinister between in pall three eating forks tines to center argent.

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