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The Subordinates or Ordinaries
Continued
 

THE LOZENGE
The Lozenge is a diamond shaped figure, set perpendicular in the Shield and may be of any tincture. The Lozenge should have its width three parts in four of its height. When the field is covered with Lozenges, it's termed Lozengy. In some countries (in days gone by) the lozenge shape was used for unmarried women or widows whereby their father's or husband's arms where displayed, and without helmet or crest. An old observance that is not generally followed in modern day heraldry.
 

Lozenge

  Lozengy

THE MASCLE
The Mascle is a Lozenge voided or pierced through. It is said that Mascles represented the links that composed chain armour and may also represent the mesh of a net. Where any coat is to be blazoned in which one or more Mascles are borne it is necessary to mention their number and how they are disposed, and if conjoined, that circumstance must also be mentioned.

Masculy

  Mascle
The FRET
Consists of two long pieces in saltier, extending to the extremities of the field, and interlaced within a Mascle. It is sometimes termed a true-lovers knot, and sometimes a Harrington Knot, and its origin appears to have some relation to the fish net. The Fret may not have less than six pieces, and when composed of 8, 10 or more pieces it is termed 'fretty' but the number of pieces is not mentioned.


The Fret

  Fretty

The RUSTRE
The Rustre is a lozenge with a circular perforation. Certain ancient armour composed of links of this shape sewed upon cloth is thought to have supplied the origin of the charge. The Rustre is rarely used in modern day heraldry.



Rustre

The BILLET
The Billet is a small elongated rectangular figure supposed to represent a billet or letter, and to some, a brick. It is rarely used in modern day heraldry. When a charge is semee or strewn with Billets, without regard to positioning or numbers, it is termed Billetty.

Billetty

  Billet


FLANCHES, FLASQUES, AND VOIDERS

 The Armorial Gold Heraldic Dictionary classifies these as Ordinaries given by a King for virtue and learning, and especially for service in embassage (the message or commission entrusted to an ambassador). Although these are of rare occurrence today, the Flanch can provide for an attractive coat.

Flanches

  Flasques Voiders




 
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