The Vellum Armorial of B Reed

jj2This is the companion piece to the previous posted coat of arms. Bob like his wife is an enthusiast for all things medieval and so when he asked me to paint his arms we decided on a medieval, quasi 15th Century style.  Bob is a keen admirer of the Courts of the Dukes of Burgundy. As with his wife, I added bells to the mantling and bejewelled the base of the helm in true Burgundian style! Bob has kindly supplied the following by way of describing the significance of the arms;

“When I designed the arms I have assumed, I had two priorities. Firstly, it should have a Medieval look and feel, and secondly, that it should reflect some aspect of my genealogy, without falsely assuming the arms of one of the few armigers in my ancestry. When I designed the arms, I was working for the late Higgins Armory Museum of Worcester, Massachusetts, in a pioneering program of Historic interpretation of arms and armor, placing them in a historic context, and I was also distantly involved in the International Jousting Association, although nothing eventually came of the latter for me, except learning some of the ins and outs of equestrian activities in armor, and simple exercises of arms while mounted. The arms were intended for the original purpose of the art, to identify me while being fully armed.

I chose sable for the field, as it does not appear in any of my armiger ancestors arms, and it is visually striking against polished armor, I chose Or for the ordinary, as it looks particularly striking against the sable. Garbs of wheat appear in various Reed arms, I chose them to be gules/red, as the combination of colors looks bold, and it is a minor canting on the surname. Lastly, I placed a crescent, Or in the sinister chief, as an allusion to the Northern origin of my family, as the charge appears in many arms of Reiver families”.

With thanks to Bob Reed

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Copyright Andrew Stewart Jamieson. All rights reserved 2018. May not be copied, published or retrieved in any form without prior written permission of the artist and the armiger.

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