Printer’s ball

Printer's ball (Accepted)

Printer’s ball (Accepted)

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.

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