Conundrum

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Conundrum

Post by Chas Charles-Dunne » Wed Jul 17, 2013 11:32 am

Here's something I came across and thought that it might be a good blazoning exercise -

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There are various clues, so no cheating please.

I will post the blazon on the week end.
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Re: Conundrum

Post by Steven Harris » Wed Jul 17, 2013 2:11 pm

My best guess:
Per bend sinister Gules and Argent, a cross square-pierced counterchanged between three maple leaves (A.saccharum) Gules.

The field is described first (Per bend sinister Gules and Argent), then the ordinary (a cross square-pierced counterchanged), then the charges (between three maple leaves Gules). I'm not sure that "between" is the most accurate characterization of the leaves' locations, but with the rest of the blazon, an artist would be pretty much forced to put the red leaves on the whole white squares. Thus IMHO, using "between" yields the most aesthetically pleasing blazon.

Crest:
Gules doubled Argent; a snowy owl (B.scandiacus) closed guardant proper, holding in her dexter talon a lightening bolt Gules.
Fairly straightforward. I specified that it is a female because male snowy owls are all white whereas females are larger and have the darkened patterning as depicted in the crest. I don't know if this distinction is important to the armiger.
M and F snowy owls: http://awtlblog.vitsco.com/wp-content/u ... G_1931.jpg

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Re: Conundrum

Post by Chas Charles-Dunne » Sat Jul 20, 2013 6:33 pm

Statistical Society of Canada -

Blazon

Arms
A Latin square chequy of nine Gules and Argent per bend reversed counterchanged each chequer Argent charged with a maple leaf Gules;

Crest
A snowy owl (Nyctea Scandiaca) proper holding in its dexter talon a flash of lightning Gules;

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Vol. II, p. 12
I don't know that I agree with the blazon.
What is a Latin Square? Why not just checky of nine?
Bend reversed, not bend sinister? That is not universal within the CHA. There are many blazons of bend sinister.
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Re: Conundrum

Post by Jeremy Kudlick » Sun Jul 21, 2013 11:08 pm

Per Wikipedia, "a Latin square is an n × n array filled with n different symbols, each occurring exactly once in each row and exactly once in each column." This particular Latin square has 3 chequers gules, 3 per bend sinister (reversed) gules and argent, and 3 argent charged with a maple leaf gules. The Latin square has some statistical significance, though I'm not sure why the bend is reversed rather than sinister.
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Re: Conundrum

Post by Chas Charles-Dunne » Mon Jul 22, 2013 7:24 pm

Good follow-up, Jeremy. Maybe 'reverse' has some secret statistical significance as well.
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Re: Conundrum

Post by Mark A. Henderson » Thu Jul 23, 2015 2:27 am

A clever blazon. I also don't understand why they used "bend Reversed" rather than "bend sinister." Nonetheless, an interesting bit of history here: http://ssc.ca/en/about/history-ssc/an-i ... at-of-arms.
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