Teazel slipped and leaved (Period)

Teazel slipped and leaved (Period)

The teazel, or teasel, is a spiny flower used in dressing or fulling cloth; it is sometimes more fully blazoned a “fuller’s teazel” for that reason.  It is a period charge, found in the arms of the Worshipful Company of Fullers, 1510 (later incorporated into the Clothworkers, 1530) [Bromley & Child 48].  Unlike most flowers, the teazel is shown in profile by default.

The teazel could either be blazoned “slipped and leaved”, as shown as in the illustration; or only the head might be shown, blazoned a “teazel’s cob” or “teazel’s head”.  For related charges, see thistle.

Liadan Chu bears:  Argent, three teasels slipped and leaved vert, between two flaunches purpure each charged with a triquetra fesswise one point outward Or.

Anne la Trouvere bears:  Vert, a teazel slipped and leaved and on a chief Or three lozenges azure.

Beatrix Elizabeth de Lara bears:  Quarterly azure and argent, in bend sinister a teazel head and a Catherine’s wheel sable within a bordure counterchanged.

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