Maunch (Period)

Maunch (Period)

A maunch, or maunche, is an ancient heraldic charge, representing a highly stylized sleeve.  As such, it has a standard heraldic form which is used in the Society:  the wrist is to dexter, and the elbow bent to base, by default.  The maunch was used as early as c.1255, in the arms of Hastings [Asp2 221].

A “dextrochère” is a maunch with a hand issuant from the cuff.  This motif was more common in France and the Low Countries, as seen in the arms of Luesninge or Lösenich, c.1370 [Gelre 32v].  See also clothing.

The Order of the Maunch, of the East, bears:  Per pale Or and purpure, a maunch counterchanged.

Aldith Angharad St. George bears:  Per bend sinister gules and ermine, two maunches counterchanged.

Rose de la Mans bears:  Per pale vert and sable, three maunches argent.

John of Hróðgerisfjörðr bears:  Checky gules and argent, three maunches sable.

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