Sunday, 12 April 2015

Laird Sky Armorial Achievement

   Anyone with more than a fleeting interest in the subject of Heraldry can do no better than sourcing a copy of  'Boutell's Heraldry'. My official Letters Patent were designed and granted by the South African Government. I rather like their egalitarian approach to heraldry.  'Anyone may apply to the State Herald for the registration of Arms, regardless of nationality, race, gender, religion, etc.'      How very different from other Heraldic authorities where one must be 'eminent' or having 'honours'  to apply or belong to a certain 'clan'. The South African  approach to heraldry is Roman-Dutch.  This law allows everyone to assume and bear arms so long as no one else's rights are infringed in the process. Social status, or service to the country, are not requirements as they are in some other countries. How refreshing and modern!
   Here is a rendition of my arms by American artist Michael Richards who is the Executive Director and Chief Heraldic Artist of www.assumearms.com,  It is a rather simple elegant design with the addition of a helm and mantling.  Michael Richards is a very approachable guy and  tends to deal with commissions in a prompt manner. His fees  are very reasonable if you are looking for a basic rendition of your coat of arms. 
    My final rendition is by English heraldic artist Dr John F. Mueller Esq. In this variation we see my arms within a 16th century style shield and helm, the shield is sometimes referred to as the papal shield, this style was popular with the Italian Roman Catholic church. I requested the colours be more subtle in this rendition. John F. Mueller  captures the achievement in a neo-romantic style with  flowing mantling and delicate attention to personalisation of the charges.
Blazon of Arms 
Arms: Per chevron Vert & Or, in chief a sackbut placed fesswise of the last and in base a thistle slipped and leaved Proper.
Crest:  A bluethroat (Luscinia svecica) Proper, perched upon a wreath of Or and Vert.
Motto:  Less is More
Registration: South African Bureau of Heraldry on 5th May 2015. Certificate number 3850