Knot: hangman’s noose

Hangman's noose (Accepted)

Hangman’s noose (Accepted)

The “hangman’s noose” is the loop of rope used in executing criminals by hanging; it was also affectionately known as the “collar” in Elizabethan England.  The loop circles the condemned man’s neck; the knot is tied so as to make the loop difficult to expand.  No examples are known of its use in period armory.

Edward von Griffenberg bears:  Sable, a hangman’s noose argent.

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