English rendition of a German blazon

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Rudolf Ammann
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English rendition of a German blazon

Post by Rudolf Ammann » Tue Jan 11, 2022 9:55 pm

Hello! I'm looking for an English rendition of a blazon I've got in two German versions:

• Mid-twentieth-century heraldic artist: "In Silber ein gepfähltes rotes Schildhaupt, belegt mit drei goldenen Sternen"
Contemporary catalogue: "In Silber roter Schildhauptpfahl mit drei sechsstrahligen, goldenen Sternen"

Suggestion: "Argent a chief-pale gules charged with three six-pointed stars or"

The arms was reportedly granted by Maximilian I. Being in the Germanic heraldic tradition, its stars would be six-pointed by default. In English, however, their six-pointed-ness would probably need to be indicated as a deviation from the five-pointed anglophone norm.

I wonder about any ambiguity in the blazon as to whether the stars are arranged horizontally in the chief or vertically in the pale.

Any comment?

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Re: English rendition of a German blazon

Post by Rudolf Ammann » Fri Jan 14, 2022 9:06 am

The stars should probably be blazoned as "three mullets of six or."

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Re: English rendition of a German blazon

Post by Rudolf Ammann » Wed Jan 26, 2022 3:12 pm

So I've posted the coat of arms to the Wikimedia Commons using 'argent a chief-pale gules charged with three mullets of six points or' as its English blazon.

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