Theow rampant (Period)

Theow rampant (Period)

The theow, or thoye, is a rare monster resembling a mastiff or wolf, but with cloven hooves and a bovine muzzle and tail.  It was used as a badge by Sir Thomas Cheney c.1560 [Dennys 161].  The theow does not seem to have a default posture; the illustration shows a theow rampant.

Fedora Phelan bears:  Pily bendy sinister vert and argent, a theow rampant pean.

Æthelwulf Stealcere bears:  Gules, a theow rampant and on a chief embattled argent four trilliums gules, barbed vert, seeded Or.

Eric of Nord Broc bears:  Pean, a theow rampant and issuant from base a demi-sun argent.

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Thimble (Accepted)

Thimble (Accepted)

A thimble is a small bit of metal or leather, worn on the fingertip to protect it from needles’ ends.  A common medieval form, dating from the 14th Century, was a pitted brass dome; this form of thimble has been accepted for Society use.  Such thimbles are shown being made in the Hausbuch der Mendelschen, c.1480 [Geoff Egan, The Medieval Household: Daily Living c.1150-c.1450, 1998, p.264]; but no examples of their heraldic use have been found.  The thimble opens to base by Society default.

Kerry RanAurora bears:  Per fess Or and azure, atop a thimble argent a frog sejant affronty gules.

Anastasie de Lamoure bears:  Azure, three thimbles and on a chief argent a needle fesswise azure.

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Thistle (Period)

Thistle (Period)

The thistle is a prickly flower with a poofy blossom; it is most strongly associated with Scotland.  Unlike most flowers, the thistle is shown in profile by default.  In Scots armory, the thistle’s “proper” coloration is with green ball, stem and leaves, and a red bloom; Society armory more frequently makes the bloom purple.  A crowned thistle, as the Royal badge of Scotland [HB 141], is not registerable in the Society.

The thistle is slipped and leaved by default, although this is frequently blazoned.  A “thistle head” is the ball and bloom alone, without the stem and leaves; its use is considered a step from period practice.

For related charges, see teazel.

Lorimar MacAltin of Garioch bears:  Azure, three thistles slipped and leaved argent.

Theresa de Foxton bears:  Per bend embattled sable and gules, a thistle slipped and leaved argent.

Malcolm of Strathavon bears:  Argent, five thistles, three and two, slipped and leaved vert.

Willoc mac Muiredaig bears:  Per pale vert and purpure all semy of thistle heads Or.

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Thunderbolt (Period)

Thunderbolt (Period)

A thunderbolt is a winged, swirling pillar of flame, thrown from the hand of God or the gods.  It may be shown with lightning bolts behind it, crossed in saltire; the pillar is palewise by default.  Described in de Bara’s Blason des Armoiries, 1581 [128], and Guillim’s Display of Heraldrie, 1610 [99], the thunderbolt is accepted for Society use… but Your Author knows of no actual examples of the thunderbolt in period armory.

Caris Maniske bears:  Per fess argent and purpure, a thunderbolt counterchanged.

Huldah von Jal bears:  Per bend sinister sable and gules, a thunderbolt Or.

Marcus Marius Leontius Britannicus bears:  Gules, a thunderbolt and a chief embattled Or.

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Thyrsus (Accepted)

Thyrsus (Accepted)

A thyrsus is a staff entwined with leafy vines, and topped with a pine cone; in classical Greek art, it was the token of the god Dionysos.  No examples of its use have been found in period armory.  In Society armory, the thyrsus is palewise by default; its “proper” tincture is brown, with green vines.  See also caduceus.

Kathern Thomas Gyelle Spence bears:  Sable, a unicorn’s head erased and on a gore argent a thyrsus bendwise proper.

Daria Fuentes bears:  Ermine, a thyrsus proper.

Malyna Perceval bears:  Vert, a thyrsus Or between flaunches argent.

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Tierce (SFPP when used with other charges)

Tierce (SFPP when used with other charges)

The tierce is an heraldic ordinary, a vertical band issuant from the dexter side of the shield.  As the name implies, it is usually drawn one-third the width of the shield; this proportion may vary, depending on the presence of other charges, or on complex lines of division.  The tierce may also be called a “side”; it has no diminutives in Society heraldry.

The tierce may also issue from the sinister, which case is always specified.  (Indeed, the dexter tierce is often explicitly blazoned, as well.)  The tierce is subject to the normal treatments – embattled, wavy, &c – but like the chief and other single-sided ordinaries, the tierce may not be cotised, voided, dancetty or fimbriated.

We have no unarguable examples of the tierce in period armory; it is found in modern flags, and therefore permitted in Society heraldry.  However, because the use of a tierce creates an unbalanced design, the use of a tierce with other charges is a step from period practice, pending documentation.  Moreover, since a charged tierce has the additional problem of looking like impaled armory, tierces may no longer be charged in Society armory.

The King of Ansteorra bears as his battle flag:  Or, a sinister tierce embattled gules, in canton a mullet of five greater and five lesser points sable.

Charles the Grey of Mooneschadowe bears:  Or, a tierce gules.

Diarmait mac Domnaill bears:  Bendy sinister azure and argent, a tierce azure.

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Three tomoe in annulo (SFPP)

Three tomoe in annulo (SFPP)

A tomoe is a charge unique to Japanese Mon, a comma-shaped motif intended to represent a whirlpool in water.  Tomoe are period charges, found in the Mon of Bessho Nagaharu, general and daimyo, d.1580 [Hawley 77].

The period examples of tomoe show them used in multiples, three being by far most common; always in annulo; and with no other charges in the design.  This attested pattern, as in the illustration, has been accepted for Society use.

See also gout.

Samukawa Mantarou Yukimura bears:  Argent, three tomoe in annulo azure.

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Smith's tongs (Period)

Smith’s tongs (Period)

Tongs are a tool for handling hot objects, having two long arms pivoted or hinged together.  They are sometimes explicitly blazoned as “smith’s tongs”; in mundane heraldry, they are also called “pincers”.  One Society example blazons them as “a pair of pliers”, but the charge is drawn the same.

Tongs are found in the canting arms (German Zange, “tongs”) of Tsenger or Zenger, c.1360 [Gelre 34].  They have their handles to base by default.

Gene the Black bears:  Bendy of eight Or and sable, a pair of tongs gules.

Gerbert Faber de Rouen bears:  Argent, in saltire a smith’s hammer and a pair of tongs, in base a square anvil sable.

John Trevor of Chinon bears:  Per chevron vert and argent, two pincers argent and a sea lion sable.

Janusch Vladescu bears:  Per bend sinister argent and gules, a pair of pliers bendwise sinister sable and an annulet argent.

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Dragon's tongue fesswise (Disallowed)

Dragon’s tongue fesswise (Disallowed)

A tongue is the movable muscular structure found in most beasts’ mouths.  It rarely occurs as an independent charge, even in the Society.  There is but one example of a “dragon’s tongue” in Society heraldry, but the charge is no longer permitted.

Sarkanyi Gero bears as a badge:  Per fess Or and azure, a triple dragon’s tongue in pale gules.

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Tools are implements to help in building or making.  The term can be applied very broadly, but is usually understood to refer to the hand tools employed in industry or artisanry.

For woodworking tools, see:  adze, awl, axe, chisel, drawknife, float, gimlet, hammer, knife, plane, saw.  See also nail, square.

For metalworking tools, see:  anvil, graver, hammer, punch, tongs.

For tools involving cloth, clothing, or thread, see:  broach, drop-spindle, hempbreak, knife, loom, shearsspinning wheel.  See also comb (wool), needle, quill of yarnshuttle, spool of thread.

For gardening or agricultural tools, see:  adze, axe, fork, harrow, hoe, plough, pruning hook, rake, scythe, sicklespade, trowel.

For tools related to food and drink preparation, see:  brewer’s scoopforkfrying pan, knife, mash rakepotspoon, strainer.  See also cleaver, oven, sieve.

For building or stoneworking tools, see:  axe, chisel, hammer, knife, level, pick, saw, trowel.  See also ladder.

For other entries, see:  brush, grozing iron, press, shave.

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