A jerkin is a close-fitting jacket, generally sleeveless and hip-length, worn as an item of clothing from the early 16th Century. Elizabethan jerkins were often richly decorated, but some jerkins (worn by soldiers rather than courtiers) were made of leather (a “buff jerkin”) or quilted cloth. Although a period artifact, we’ve no examples of the jerkin’s use in period heraldry per se. However, the “slashed doublet”, long-sleeved and buttoned down the front, is found in the canting arms (Italian giubbone, dial. zupone) of Zupponi, c.1550 [BSB Cod.Icon 275:71].
A related charge, the “pelisson”, a fur-trimmed outer garment from the 12th and 13th Centuries, is found in the canting arms (Italian pelliccione) of de Pilizonis, mid-15th C. [Triv 276].
The jerkin is affronty by Society default. See also cuirass.
Bébhinn le Cuilter bears: Vert, a sewing needle bendwise sinister, eye to base argent, overall a quilted jerkin Or, all within a bordure argent.
Elaine Howys of Morningthorpe bears as a badge: A jerkin per pale gules and Or.