Strike (Period)

Strike (Period)

A strike, or strake, is a matrix of tin or pewter nodules of equal weight, fastened by thin strips and attached to a handle for easy carrying; the pewterer snips off as many nodules as needed to fill a melting pot.  It’s a period charge, found in the arms of the Worshipful Company of Pewterers, c.1480 and 1533 [Bromley & Child 197].  The handle is to chief by default.  See also gridiron, portcullis.

Gerhart von Altenberg bears as a badge:  A strike argent.

Theonis de Zeeuwe bears:  Argent, three strikes sable.

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