Unusual tinctures in the Dictionary of British Arms

 

The Dictionary of British Arms is an extensive catalogue of British armory from medieval times to the early modern era.  Below is a list of some of the less common tinctures.  Bear in mind the DBA, like any other source, is subject to errors and misinterpretation by both the transcriber and original authors.  The information is only available through text and references the original work, which may or may not contain illustrations of the arms.

 

Orange (tenne/tenny/tawny)

 

Blazon

Family

Original source

Date of original source

VBA volume and page

Tenny chev engr betw 3 fleurs de lis Or

OSANNE

Fenwick’s Roll (FK II 925)

1413

v2, 341

Tenny a fess Arg

unk.

Strangway’s Roll (SS 549)

c.1460

v3, 296

Arg fess Gu & in dex chf a greyhound courant Tenny

BELET

 

Starkey’s Roll (SK 1055)

c.1460

v3, 339

 

Murrey

 

Blazon

Family

Original source

Date of original source

VBA volume and page

Murrey 2 flaunches the dex per fess in chf Gu a lion Or in base checky Or & Az the sin flaunch rev

ARUNDELL, Rauff

Peter Le Neve’s Book; ed. J. Foster in Two

Tudor Books of Arms, de Walden Library –

1904 (PLN 778)

1480–1500

v4, 16

Per salt Arg & Az a salt Murrey

GAGE

Wriothesley’s Saltires, in Prince Arthur’s Book (XX 295)

c.1490-1510

v4, 363

Arg on a cross Gu in the centre an Ostrich feather palewise with a scroll fesswise across the quill Arg betw on the dex limb a tower with a pyramidical roof on the sin limb a lion pg on the upper limb a sword pt upwards & on the lower limb a fleur de lys & beneath it a millrind all Or on a chf paly of 4 Az & Murrey a Paschal lamb couchant per pale Or & Arg nimbed Or over its shldr a staff Or flying a gonfannon Arg ch with a cross throughout Gu the lamb betw 2 roundels Royally crowned Or the dex ch with a rose Gu seeded Or & the sin with a tudor rose Arg in Gu seeded Or

SAVOY, Hospital of

Coll. Arm. MS (L10 68, 22)

c.1520

v3, 228

 

Sanguine

None.

 

Source:

 

Chesshyre, Hubert & Woodcock, Thomas. Dictionary of British Arms : Medieval Ordinary : Volume One. Society of Antiquaries of London, London: 1992

 

Woodcock, Thomas, Grant, Janet & Graham, Ian. Dictionary of British Arms : Medieval Ordinary : Volume Two. Society of Antiquaries of London, London: 1996

 

Woodcock, Thomas & Flower, Sarah. Dictionary of British Arms : Medieval Ordinary : Volume Three. Society of Antiquaries of London, London: 2009

 

Woodcock, Thomas & Flower, Sarah. Dictionary of British Arms : Medieval Ordinary : Volume Four. Society of Antiquaries of London, London: 2014

 

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