Plummet (Period)

Plummet (Period)

A plummet is a lead weight, which was hung by a cord; it was used by builders to find the local vertical, or by plumbers to find the bottom of a drain (it’s sometimes blazoned a “sounding lead” for that reason).  It’s a period charge, found in the arms of Jennyns, c.1510 [DBA2 401], and of the Worshipful Company of Plumbers, 1588 [Bromley & Child 204].

John Blacas bears:  Per chevron sable and gules, two fleurs-de-lys and a pair of compasses with a plummet dependent from its pivot, a bordure embattled Or.

Káta in bareyska bears as a badge:  A plummet dependent from a cord couped purpure.

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