A press is an implement used to squeeze, crush or otherwise apply great pressure over a wide area. Several types of press were used as artifacts throughout period; all are acceptable in Society armory.
To date, the only form of press found in period armory is the “wine press”, with a long lever arm for crushing large quantities of grapes. The wine press (torchio in Italian) is found in the canting arms of de Torcis, mid-15th C. [Triv 347].
In Society armory, the most common form of press is the type used to crush smaller amounts of fruit or seeds; it has been variously blazoned in Society heraldry as a “screw press” or a “cider press”, but the basic form remains unchanged.
Society armory also has the “printing press”, made famous by Gutenberg c.1450 for copying words and figures onto paper. All these forms of press are upright by default.
The Royal Press Corps of the West bears: Purpure, a screw press Or.
Rhys Afalwin bears: Argent, a cider press sable between three apples gules, slipped and leaved proper.
Luciano di Challant bears: Ermine, a printing press gules.