A distaff is a long staff that holds the fiber ready for spinning. It is a period charge: the illustration is taken from the civic arms of Lüdger, 1413 [Conz.Const. ccv]. The distaff is normally shown “dressed”, or with the fiber loaded in chief; it is palewise by default. See also drop-spindle, quill of yarn.
The Costumer’s Guild of An Tir bears: A distaff Or.
Gwennan nic Ailpein an Locha Seile bears: Vert, a distaff between two flaunches Or.
Esmeria de Rus bears as a badge: A distaff purpure.