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by Michael F. McCartney
Thu May 07, 2015 4:20 am
Forum: The Use & Application of Heraldry
Topic: Display by one's spouse
Replies: 47
Views: 26636

Re: Display by one's spouse

Your proposed system seems, on first reading (haven't sketched it out yet) quite logical - essentially treating each individual as an heraldic heir or heiress, but bumped down the ladder and dropping off the grid after three (?) generations. So if I'm visualizing correctly, it doesn't preserve the "...
by Michael F. McCartney
Thu May 07, 2015 12:27 am
Forum: The Use & Application of Heraldry
Topic: Display by one's spouse
Replies: 47
Views: 26636

Re: Display by one's spouse

Chris - "land of the free" - true enough! - but we can only try... Kathy - I gather you're looking at quartering practices (and likely much else!) from a more or less small-f feminist viewpoint, which I can appreciate - mother, aunts, wife, two daughters, three granddaughters, last five immediate su...
by Michael F. McCartney
Tue May 05, 2015 9:59 pm
Forum: The Use & Application of Heraldry
Topic: Display by one's spouse
Replies: 47
Views: 26636

Re: Display by one's spouse

Chris - true enough; but moral suasion, peer pressure, and the snicker factor ("how silly / presumptuous / ugly / etc. is that?") is really all there is most anywhere else given the general lack of effective (if any) legal regulation and enforcement beyond perhaps refusal to officially grant/confirm...
by Michael F. McCartney
Tue May 05, 2015 7:01 pm
Forum: The Use & Application of Heraldry
Topic: Display by one's spouse
Replies: 47
Views: 26636

Re: Display by one's spouse

Quick comments - Freedom to choose, yes; total anarchy, no. While personal/family 6heraldry isn't legally regulated in the US (same as most of the non-UK world), we do have a ~200+ year history of heraldry from colonial times to the present. The American Heraldry Society's Guidelines addresses this ...
by Michael F. McCartney
Tue May 05, 2015 3:29 am
Forum: The Use & Application of Heraldry
Topic: Display by one's spouse
Replies: 47
Views: 26636

Re: Display by one's spouse

Kathy, don't hold back - tell us what you REALLY think! ;)
by Michael F. McCartney
Wed Apr 29, 2015 9:30 pm
Forum: The Use & Application of Heraldry
Topic: Display by one's spouse
Replies: 47
Views: 26636

Re: Display by one's spouse

Kathy - of course you're right. I did say "in effect" but should have also said "as if" or some such qualifier signifying a different technical status but with same practical outcome, i.e. same options re: quartering by the kids "as if" momma dearest had been an heraldic heiress. Personally I'd disc...
by Michael F. McCartney
Mon Apr 27, 2015 5:02 am
Forum: The Use & Application of Heraldry
Topic: Display by one's spouse
Replies: 47
Views: 26636

Re: Display by one's spouse

Ditto Kathy's #1 and 2, and her snicker re: "permit" :) #3 seems to me a bit (but not a lot) more complicated. Assuming we're talking about what's appropriate in the US (Douglas, Kathy and I are all Americans, so any contrary foreign practices are not binding) here's my take on it; others may see it...
by Michael F. McCartney
Fri Apr 24, 2015 3:06 am
Forum: New Arms Registrations
Topic: Baron of Hartsyde No.0306
Replies: 3
Views: 2461

Re: Baron of Hartsyde No.0306

Ah - wonder why?
Oh well, not my business - to each his own.
by Michael F. McCartney
Thu Apr 23, 2015 8:14 am
Forum: New Arms Registrations
Topic: Denis Anthony Hoban No. 318
Replies: 2
Views: 1642

Re: Denis Anthony Hoban No. 318

On the Armorial Register home page and in the alpa listing of registrations, where each name link is shown with a small flag avatar showing origin of the arms, Hoban is shown with a red flag charged with a gold star - the flag of the Democratic [i.e. Communist] Republic of Vietnam, which was the Nor...
by Michael F. McCartney
Thu Apr 23, 2015 6:41 am
Forum: New Arms Registrations
Topic: Baron of Hartsyde No.0306
Replies: 3
Views: 2461

Re: Baron of Hartsyde No.0306

The usual image here is missing, and the Armorial Register link goes to an error message.
by Michael F. McCartney
Thu Apr 23, 2015 6:10 am
Forum: New Arms Registrations
Topic: Robert Giacomel No.0277
Replies: 10
Views: 5122

Re: Robert Giacomel No.0277

The linked Armorial Registry entry says the supporters allude to some (unspecified) personal connection with Latvia, so I suppose Latvian heraldic practice would be relevant; but I don't have a clue what that might be. I would suppose German, Polish, Russian, and/or Scandinavian influences, at vario...
by Michael F. McCartney
Tue Apr 21, 2015 2:55 am
Forum: New Arms Registrations
Topic: Celebrate Heraldry – International Heraldry Day No.0327
Replies: 1
Views: 1330

Re: Celebrate Heraldry – International Heraldry Day No.0327

Nice design, really beautiful execution! Excellent artist!
by Michael F. McCartney
Wed Apr 15, 2015 6:09 am
Forum: Heraldic Design
Topic: Helms and other head coverings???
Replies: 7
Views: 5076

Re: Helms and other head coverings???

There has been a recent extended discussion re: heraldic headgear other than (in lieu of) the usual helmet and crest on the American Heraldry Society forum. Without repeating in detail (many posts), the general but not unanimous conclusion was that beyond the long-standing use of clerical hats and m...
by Michael F. McCartney
Tue Apr 14, 2015 7:22 am
Forum: Non Heraldic Discussions and Chatter
Topic: status of Heraldry Society of Scotland members forum?
Replies: 2
Views: 2915

status of Heraldry Society of Scotland members forum?

For a couple of days I haven't been able to access the HSS online forum. The HSS home page and the other links from that page , such as the Mitchell Rolls, have worked fine; but clicking on the members forum link gets a Website Not Available response. Have others had this problem, or is it just me? ...
by Michael F. McCartney
Mon Apr 06, 2015 3:27 am
Forum: The Use & Application of Heraldry
Topic: A question of etiquettes
Replies: 15
Views: 13487

Re: A question of etiquettes

This poor horse of a question has been resurrected & beaten to death more times than I can count, from rec.heraldry to the HSS forum to the AHS and here as well. Years ago I decided, and posted (on rec.heraldry IIRC), that while Lyon's writ doesn't run here and I believe any American's right to wear...
by Michael F. McCartney
Mon Apr 06, 2015 2:24 am
Forum: The Use & Application of Heraldry
Topic: Display by one's spouse
Replies: 47
Views: 26636

Re: Display by one's spouse

Belated second to Martin's last post. I seem to recall seeing fairly recently that the CoA has dropped the little shields and lozenges rules for women, but cannot swear to it. Since it was never the practice in the US or anywhere else outside England (except maybe among those with honourary English ...
by Michael F. McCartney
Sun Apr 05, 2015 7:43 pm
Forum: Heraldic Design
Topic: Potential Coat of Arms
Replies: 8
Views: 8899

Re: Potential Coat of Arms

Interesting process so far. You can reduce the cluttered look of the ermine by using fewer ermine spots and arranging them to minimize the overlaps (just a bit of artistic license) or (if you don't include flaunches) by using an orle of some other small charges - I don't think an orle of ermine spot...
by Michael F. McCartney
Sun Apr 05, 2015 7:26 pm
Forum: Historical Heraldry
Topic: Label of 2 and Label of 4
Replies: 4
Views: 5339

Re: Label of 2 and Label of 4

You might also want to learn what they signified to see if it's consistent (or at least not undesirably inconsistent) with your own use of it.
by Michael F. McCartney
Sun Apr 05, 2015 7:20 pm
Forum: Historical Heraldry
Topic: Attributed arms: suggestions for best places to research?
Replies: 3
Views: 3785

Re: Attributed arms: suggestions for best places to research?

If you're going to create new arms to attribute to an ancestor, you might consider tracing and contacting at least a few living folks who would share those arms if they had been borne by that ancestor. Besides the intrinsic value of finding & meeting/contacting more cousins, the new arms will mean m...
by Michael F. McCartney
Sun Mar 15, 2015 2:12 am
Forum: Law/Lore of Heraldry
Topic: Lyon Court revelation or what?
Replies: 4
Views: 8586

Re: Lyon Court revelation or what?

AH, I see. Wasn't aware that Tonga, an independent monarchy, was a Commonwealth member. And IIRC Fiji left the Commonwealth some years back when the army expelled the then-president - but maybe that breach has been healed. (No value judgements expressed or implied, just surprise at seeing them on th...
by Michael F. McCartney
Wed Mar 11, 2015 12:01 am
Forum: Hatchments
Topic: An interesting use of mantling
Replies: 1
Views: 7400

Re: An interesting use of mantling

An interesting expression of artistic license! - but the lining appears to be Vair, which AFAIK isn't what's registered for either coat in Lyon Register.
by Michael F. McCartney
Tue Mar 10, 2015 9:28 pm
Forum: Law/Lore of Heraldry
Topic: Lyon Court revelation or what?
Replies: 4
Views: 8586

Re: Lyon Court revelation or what?

Welcome announcement but AFAIK not new - IIRC late LL Innes of Learney said as much in Scots Heraldry, though it may have been in a rather wordy footnote rather than the main text; & the more recent Scottish grant to Colin Powell was based on his father being a citizen of one of the Commonwealth nat...
by Michael F. McCartney
Wed Feb 11, 2015 4:08 am
Forum: Heraldic Events
Topic: International Heraldry Day-Join the Party!
Replies: 9
Views: 14955

Re: International Heraldry Day-Join the Party!

Will it be June 10 again this year, or is it e.g. the second Monday (or whatever) in June?
by Michael F. McCartney
Thu Jan 22, 2015 4:30 am
Forum: Heraldic Design
Topic: Arms Desgn and Balance
Replies: 8
Views: 8054

Re: Arms Desgn and Balance

Emblazoning arms - like most human activity - includes some degree of balancing competing demands. Artistically, the inclusion or exclusion of a helmet, and the type of helmet, is obviously an important exercise of artistic license; & FWIW the general 1/3, 1/3, 1/3 approach IMO is a most striking an...