Mountain and Grail charter.

A charter(preprint) design for TAH Antoine and Kathren. I based it on a 16th c English indenture, swapping out badges and foliage for Summits specific imagery. The roses became barberries, and the portcullises the grail and mountains. Finally, the arms became those of the Summits. Text added by the coronet scribe. Painted:

Roman Carp Text

The text for this award was loosely based on the format of Roman military diplomas, which granted citizenship and other benefits to retiring soldiers. Recipients kept their customized copy, while one listing the entire regiment was kept in Rome. Diplomas were generally two bronze tablets wired together, with a case for lead seals on the…

Vindolanda style award.

A Carp, the An Tir persona development award, for Vesta. 3″ x 9″, carbon black ink on maple veneer. Vesta’s Roman persona gave me several ideas for a not completely traditional scroll. I settled on a document based on the very thin wood tablets/fragments found at Vindolanda. The Vindolanda tablets are a corpus of documents…

15th C style Charter for Summits

A 15th c English inspired charter/preprint for the Summits children’s award, Die Geschellschaft Von den Guldenen Sternen. The calligraphy is based on the exemplar, and the text is from the Summits Ceremonial. This will be printed out and painted in to make award documents. The exemplar , the ca 1450 Black Book of the Admiralty….

A 15th c Cypher

A Royal Cypher, based on a 15th c English manuscript, BL MS Royal 18 D II . India ink and yellow ocher on Bristol. 9″ x 12″, which is close to the exemplars size. Text provided by the royal scribe. Exemplar 1, Folio 198 I based my initial on this initial W. Exemplar 2, folio…

Two troves of Slavonic Manuscripts.

I’ve just found two new to me places to find digitized Russian/Old Church Slavonic manuscripts. Both of these have many many options to look through. The Vatican Library’s Slavonic manuscripts. Click on the book to access individual manuscripts. Vatican Slavonic Manuscripts Gospels. MSS Vat Slav 4 The library of the Trinity Sergius Monastery. Many many…

Birchbark documents in Novgorod. 

Much of Novgorod’s casual personal and business correspondence was carried out on birchbark, including collections and records of debts, directives from landowners to peasants, shopping lists, child’s writing practice, personal letters, and much more. (Thompson 56-63, Petrova et al 38-40, Franklin 37) Birchbark is also found as containers, fishing floats and shoes. (Kolchin) While birchbark…

Ottoman style Crystal Rainbow

A baronial award  in the style of 16th c Ottoman documents. Ink and gouache on paper. The top figure is a Tughra for Sebastian and Erika, Coronets of Three Mountains. A tughra is the officially stylized signature of the sultan, so its presence suffices for both seal and signatures. The Tughra format is ‘sultan’s name,…

Laurel scroll for Elisabeth Piper. 

This was a backlog scroll, and was long overdue. Jacqueline commissioned me to make Elisabeth her Laurel scroll for the approximately 26th anniversary of her Laurelling. The scroll design and calligraphy are based largely on a 1569 grant of arms to Sir Nicholas Bacon, with text based on a 1571 grant of arms combined with…

Egil’s Tourney prize scrolls

These two similar documents are prizes given for the Never won a Tourney tournaments, rapier and armored, at Egils 2017.
They are based on 15th c English documents, and are written with oak gall ink on parchment. (Parchment by David Bianco)
The seals and signatures are those of the Baron and Baroness of Adiantum and the Prince and Princess of the Summits.

Carta Ejecutoria de Hidalguia for Armand. Part two, the finished booklet. 

Armand’s Order of Defence scroll is actually a booklet, based on a Spanish document called a Carta Ejecutoria de Hidalguia, which confirmed a noble and family as such, and could be used to prove entitlement to various exemptions and benefits.  These texts were often rather long, with some examples having 30 pages or more. For…