Sling

Hand sling (Accepted)

Hand sling (Accepted)

Slingstaff bendwise (Period)

Slingstaff bendwise (Period)

A sling is a cupped piece of leather tied to cords or thongs, and used as a hand catapult for throwing stones.  In Society heraldry, the one registration to date is of a hand sling (à la David and Goliath); the cup is to base and thongs to chief by default.

In period heraldry, there is also the “slingstaff”:  essentially a hand sling fastened to a long pole, with a hook to hold the sling closed until released.  This form is a period charge, found in the arms of Curdon or Cawarden c.1520 [DBA1 9; cf. Parker 542].  See also weapons.

Rikk Starhurler bears:  Vert, in bend sinister a sinister hand couped inverted grasping a sling proper, therein a mullet of four points Or.

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