The pale is an heraldic ordinary, a vertical band down the center of the shield, occupying roughly one-third to one-fourth the shield’s width. Its diminutive is the “pallet”; Society blazonry does not recognize any other term for the pale’s diminutive.
The cotises of a pale are termed “endorses”; the whole may be blazoned a “pale endorsed” or a “pale between two endorses”.
The pale is subject to the normal complex lines: engrailed, wavy, &c. There are also some usages peculiar to the pale: The “pale offset” is divided along the fess line, with each half then shifted to dexter or sinister; an example is found in the Armorial Bellenville, c.1380, in the arms of von Zirn [Pastoureau 206]. The “pale bevilled” is divided bendwise sinister, and similarly shifted; this appears to be a Society adaptation.
For related charges, see chief-pale.
The King of Meridies bears: Argent, on a pale sable a crown of three points, above each point a mullet argent, overall a laurel wreath counterchanged.
Dermod Uí Néill bears: Chevronelly Or and sable, a pale purpure.
Anne Balfour of Markinch bears: Ermine, a pale endorsed azure.
Katherine of Glastonbury bears: Vert, two pallets Or.
Angela of Rosebury bears: Gules, a pale offset between in bend sinister two mascles argent.