Lit candle (Period)

Lit candle (Period)

A candle is a stick of wax or tallow with a wick down its center; it’s used as a light source.  In period armory, candles are frequently found mounted in candlesticks, as in the arms of Emerlle, c.1520 [DBA2 222].  Occasionally, though, they’re found standing alone, as in the allusive arms (Italian cera, “wax”) of de Cerolis, mid-15th C. [Triv 99]; and this is their most common depiction in Society armory.  (The candle and candlestick should not be confused:  the latter is the mount or holder for the former.)

A lit candle can be so blazoned, or may also be blazoned “enflamed” or “flammant”.  The usual heraldic candle is a taper – the illustration shows such a candle, lit – but the less-slender “pillar candle” is also found in Society armory.  All candles are palewise by default.  For related charges, see torch.  See also lamp, lantern.

The College of San Ambrogio bears:  Sable, three candles in fess argent enflamed proper, within a laurel wreath Or.

The Ljusorden, of Nordmark, bears:  A pillar candle per pale sable and azure, enflamed Or.

Lara Sukhadrev bears:  Argent, a candle gules lit Or.

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