Hoe (Period)

Hoe inverted (Period)

Mattock (Period)

Mattock (Period)

A hoe is a gardening tool, with a long handle and a flat transverse blade; it’s used for weeding, loosening soil, and so on.  The hoe (called Haue or Hacke in German) is a period charge, found in the canting arms of Heügel and of Häckel zu der Altenstat, 1605 [Siebmacher 63, 95].  The hoe’s blade is to base by Society default, which appears to be the opposite of the medieval default; the illustration shows a hoe inverted.

A variant form, the short-handled “hand hoe” or “mattock” (zappa in Italian), is found in the canting arms of de Sapis, mid-15th C. [Triv 323].  For related charges, see adze, spade, trowel.

Nicholas of the North bears:  Gules, three hoes inverted argent.

Arianwen verch Kynwraidd ap Aeddan bears as a badge:  Vert, a hoe bendwise inverted blade to sinister Or.

Gruffydd ap Madog bears:  Azure, a griffin couchant, wings elevated and addorsed Or, in chief a mattock fesswise argent.

This entry was posted on February 11, 2014, in . Bookmark the permalink.