Two grape vines entwined, fesswise and throughout (Period)

Two grape vines entwined, fesswise and throughout (Period)

A vine is a long, slender slip characterized by its twisty shape; in nature, vines are too weak to stand upright, and so must entwine themselves around a support.  In heraldry, the vine is shown wavy or undy, usually leaved or fructed according to its kind.  Period armory has examples of “ivy vine” in the arms of Barbalonga, c.1540 [Nobreza xxviº], and “grape vines” in the arms of di Cadamosti, mid-15th C. [Triv 111].

Vines do not seem to have a default orientation – though if on an ordinary, they follow its line – so must in general be specified as palewise, &c.  Unlike other slips, however, vines are often placed as ordinaries:  thus, in the above examples, the arms of Barbalonga have an orle of ivy vine, while the arms of di Cadamosti have two grape vines entwined, fesswise and throughout, as in the illustration.

The Baron of Vinhold bears:  Per fess wavy argent and sable, two wreaths of grape vine vert fructed proper and a laurel wreath Or.

Esobella Rowena Erwyn Ross bears:  Bendy sinister argent and vert, a vine bendwise throughout wavy sable, flowered with a rose gules.

Eliška z Jihlavy bears:  Argent, an ivy vine palewise between flaunches vert.

Katelina de Chateleia bears:  Per pale sable and Or, on a pall of grape vines entwined vert a rose argent.

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