A printer’s ball is a tool for applying ink to the plate of a printing press. It is a period artifact, dating to at least 1568 [Amman 27], but the earliest example we have of its armorial use is 1657 [Volborth 189]. The printer’s ball has its handle to chief by Society default.
Bertram of Bearington bears: Gules, a printer’s ball argent inked sable.
Leonhard Schuwert bears: Per chevron azure and Or, two printer’s balls in saltire azure inked sable each sustained by a hand azure.
Fredeburg von Katzenellenbogen bears as a badge: A printer’s ball Or.