Book Of Traceable Heraldic Art

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Proper Tinctures

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SENA section A.3.B.1. provides the following definition:

Proper is a term used for a charge in its "natural" or "standard" tincture. ... A list of proper tinctures is found in the Glossary of Terms. ... In general, charges that do not have a heraldically defined proper may be described as proper when a normal person would be able to color them appropriately from knowing only the sort of item with no further color description.

Shapes & Symbols

Cinquefoil (Shape): One lobe to chief
Cross (Charge): Brown wood
Quatrefoil (Shape): One lobe to chief (Quatrefoil (Shape)); crosswise (Quatrefoil (Shape) Voided)

The World & Heavens

Flame: Alternating tongues of gules and Or
Mount: Vert
Mountain: Vert

Plants

Acanthus: Green
Acorn: Brown (Acorn); brown nut, green leaves (Acorn Slipped & Leaved)
Aloe Vera: Green
Ash: Brown wood and green leaves
Aspen: Green leaves
Banana: Or
Beech: Brown wood, green leaves
Belladona: Purple flowers, green leaves
Birch: Green leaves
Branch: Brown wood
Broom: Vert
Bush: Brown wood, green leaves
Cattail: Green stem and leaves, brown head
Cherry: Red fruit, green stem and leaves
Chrysanthemum: Green
Clove: Brown
Columbine: Blue petals, green stem
Créquier: Brown wood, green leaves
Cucumber: Vert
Daffodil: Yellow bloom, green stem
Daisy: Argent seeded Or
Dandelion: Or slipped vert
Elder: Brown wood, green leaves; berries are typically purple or blue, but some varieties are red or white
Elderflower: Brown wood, green leaves; berries are typically purple or blue, but some varieties are red or white
Fig: Green (Fig Leaf); brown wood, green leaves; figs come in many colors so the tincture of the fruit must be explicitly blazoned (Fig Sprig Fructed)
Flax: Blue or purple flowers, green leaves and stems
Garlic: Bulb argent, stem and leaves vert
Gillyflower: Green leaves, with a red bloom
Grape: Green leaves
Hazel: Brown nuts and stems, green leaves
Heather: Green leaves and stems, flowers may be white, pink, or purple
Hemp: Green leaves (Sprig of Hemp); vert (Hemp Leaf)
Holly: Green leaves, red fruit (Three Holly Leaves In Pall); green (Holly Leaf)
Hop: Green
Ivy: Green leaves, brown wood (Wreath Of Ivy, Ivy Vine, Wreath of Ivy); green leaves (Ivy Leaf)
Juniper: Green stem and leaves, blue berries
Lady's Mantle: Green leaves
Laurel: Green
Leek: Bulb argent, stem and leaves vert
Lemon: Gold fruit, green leaf
Lettuce: Vert
Lilac: Purple flowers, green stem and leaves
Linden: Green leaves (Linden Branch, Linden Leaf Inverted, Linden Branch of Three Leaves Throughout Bendwise, Linden Tree Eradicated, Linden Leaf Inverted Slipped to Base, Linden Leaf, Linden Branch Twined on Itself); green leaves, brown trunk (Linden Tree, Linden Tree Eradicated); green (Three Linden Leaves Conjoined In Pall)
Mallow: Green leaves and stems, flowers purple or white
Mandrake: Green plant, pink or argent skin
Maple: Green leaves (Maple Leaf); green leaves, brown wood (Maple Leaf)
Oak: Brown wood, green leaves, brown acorns (Oak Tree Fructed, Oak Sprig, Oak Sprig Fructed, Oak Tree Fructed and Eradicated); green leaves (Oak Leaf)
Olive: Brown wood, green leaves, green fruit (Olive Tree, Olive Branch Fructed); green (Olive, Olive Slipped and Leaved)
Onion: Bulb explicitly blazoned, stem and leaves vert
Orange: Brown wood, green leaves, orange fruit
Palm: Brown wood, green leaves
Pea: Green
Pear: Brown wood, green leaves
Pine: Brown wood, green leaves
Plane: Brown wood, green leaves
Poplar: Green leaves, brown stems
Quince: Gold with green stem and leaves
Rose: Gules, barbed vert, seeded Or
Rowan: Green leaves, brown wood, red berries (Rowan Tree Eradicated, Rowan Tree); green leaves and stem (Rowan Leaf); brown wood, red berries (Cluster of Rowan Berries)
Rue: Green leaves and stem
Strawberry: Green leaves (Strawberry Leaf, 3 Strawberry Leaves); red fruit, green stem (Strawberry); green leaves, red fruit (Strawberry Plant)
Sunflower: Yellow petals, brown or black seeds, green leaves and stem
Tabacco: Green leaves, flower color varies
Thistle: Green leaves and ball, with a purple (or sometimes red) bloom
Tree: Brown wood (Tree Trunk Eradicated, Tree Blasted and Eradicated, Tree Blasted, Tree Stump Eradicated); brown wood, green leaves (Hurst of Trees Issuant from a Mount, Tree Issuant From A Mount, Hurst of Trees Couped, Tree)
Turnip: Green leaves, root purple on top and white below
Willow: Brown wood, green leaves

Invertebrates

Bee: Body Or with sable stripes, wings argent
Ladybird: Gules marked sable
Wasp: Unstated, but may follow that of the bee, body Or with sable stripes, wings argent

Fishes

Dolphin: Green with red fins (Winged Dolphin, Dolphin Embowed, Dolphin, Dolphin Haurient); gray (Natural Dolphin)
Skeleton: Argent

Reptiles

Caduceus: Brown wooden staff, green serpents

Birds

Auk: Sable with argent belly
Crane: Argent
Crow: Sable
Dove: Argent, with gules (or pink) feet and beak
Falcon: Brown
Flamingo: Pink or red
Magpie: Sable, with argent belly and wing tips
Moorcock: Black with white markings
Owl: Brown, unless owl is blazoned as a type with distinctive coloration (e
Peacock: Blue and green (Peacock One Leg Raised, Peacock In His Pride, Peacock); azure and vert (Peacock Feather)
Penguin: Black body, white belly and markings
Poppinjay: Green with red beak and details
Puffin: Belly argent, wings sable, beak and legs Or
Raven: Sable
Wing: Body Or with sable stripes, wings argent

Beasts

Bear: Brown fur
Beaver: Brown
Boar: Brown
Doe: Brown
Elephant: Argent, or gray with white tusks
Elk: Brown
Fox: Gules, with sable feet and argent tail tip
Lamb: Argent, haloed Or, bearing a banner argent marked with a cross gules
Lion: Or
Mole: Brown
Otter: Brown, perhaps; best to blazon explicitly
Porcupine: Brown
Rabbit: Brown
Reindeer: Brown
Skunk: Sable marked argent
Stag: Brown

Arm: Only if skin tone is blazoned (Arm Couped Maintaining a Torch, Arm In Armor Fesswise Embowed Brandishing A Sword, Arm Fesswise Couped Maintaining A Scarf, Arm in Armor Embowed, Cubit Arm with Fingers Extended, Two Arms Issuant with Hands Clasped, Arm Vested Fesswise Maintaining a Gemmed Ring, Arm Embowed Maintaining a Scimitar, Arm Couped with Fingers Extended, Two Arms Vested Issuant with Hands Clasped, Arm Couped Maintaining a Dagger, Cubit Arm, Arm Fesswise Maintaining A Club, Pair of Arms Vested, Pair of Arms Vested Maintaining an Annulet, Arm Vested Fesswise, Arm Couped, Cubit Arm in Armor, Arm Vested Fesswise With A Hand Of Benediction, Arm Couped and Vested Maintaining a Dagger, Arm Embowed); only if skin tone is blazoned; clothing must be explicitly blazoned (Arm Vested, Cubit Arm Vested)
Bone: Argent
Foot: Only if skin tone is blazoned
Hand: Only if skin tone is blazoned
Leg: Only if skin tone is blazoned
Skull: Argent
Tongue: Gules
Tusk: Argent, or gray with white tusks (Elephant's Tusk); brown (Boar's Tusk)

People

Angel: Only if skin tone is blazoned
Breast: Only if skin tone is blazoned, goutes explicitly blazoned
Crucifix: Brown wood; human figure must be blazoned
Fist: Only if skin tone is blazoned
Fool: Only if skin tone is blazoned, costume blazoned separately
Gorgon: Only if skin tone is blazoned, serpents blazoned separately
Hercules: Only if skin tone is blazoned, sable hair, golden lion, brown wooden club
Janus: Only if skin tone is blazoned
Man: Only if skin tone is blazoned, sable hair (Man Hooded and Robed with Arms Extended, Man's Head Cabossed, Man Seated Upon a Throne, Armed Man, Hooded Man Maintaining a Bowl and Staff, Nude Man, Man Vested and Maintaining a Scythe, Man Robed, Armed Demi-Man Drawing a Bow, Demi-Man Vested, Man In A Boat Holding Arrows Inverted); only if skin tone is blazoned (Man's Head Couped at the Shoulders Wearing a Hat, Man's Head Wearing a Hat Issuant from Base, Man's Head Couped Maintaining a Crown, Man's Head Couped, Hooded Man's Head Couped at the Shoulders, Man's Head Couped Maintaining a Hat); skin brown, sable hair (Moor's Head Couped Maintaining a Crown, Moor's Head Couped at the Shoulders, Moor's Head); only if skin tone is blazoned, leaves vert (Savage's Head Affronty); only if skin tone is blazoned, sable sable (Man's Head Couped at the Shoulders)
Melusine: Human only if skin tone is blazoned, tail vert, hair Or
Mermaid: Human only if skin tone is blazoned, tail vert, hair Or
Merman: Proper coloration: tail green; human portion only if skin tone is blazoned (Merman, or Triton); human only if skin tone is blazoned, green tail, yellow hair (Merman Armored)
Monk: Only if skin tone is blazoned, sable hair
Moor: Skin brown, sable hair
Saracen: Only if skin tone is blazoned, sable hair
Savage: Only if skin tone is blazoned, leaves vert
Seraph: Only if skin tone is blazoned; red hair, and rainbow-colored wings
Viking: Only if skin tone is blazoned, hair yellow
Woman: Only if skin tone is blazoned (Woman's Head Couped and Hooded Facing Dexter, Woman Cloaked and Hooded, Nude Woman, Woman's Head Couped at the Shoulders, Nude Woman's Head Couped at the Shoulders, Woman's Head Couped Maintaining a Crown and Veil, Woman's Head Couped Maintaining a Fillet and Veil, Woman Mounted on a Bear Passant, Woman Issuant from Base, Woman's Head Couped, Woman); only if skin tone is blazoned, sable hair (Woman's Head Coifed and Couped at the Shoulders); only if skin tone is blazoned, costume blazoned separately (Woman's Head Couped at the Shoulders)
Wound: Gules

Food

Barrel: Brown wood
Breadloaf: Brown
Churn: Brown wood
Cleaver: Blade argent, handle Or or brown wood
Cornucopia: Brown, with fruits in their natural colors
Kettle Hook: Black iron
Knife: Blade argent, handle Or or brown wood
Scoop: Brown wood
Trammel Hook: Black iron

Clothing

Boot: Brown leather
Needle: Brown wood
Shoe: Brown leather
Shuttle: Brown wood
Spindle: Brown wood, thread blazoned separately
Wool Comb: Brown wood

Tools

Board: Brown wood
Hammer: Sable head and brown wood handle
Hod: Brown wood
Mallet: Sable head and brown wood handle

Buildings

Arch: Argent stone (Pair of Arches, Arch Stooped, Arch); argent stone, brown wood (Arch with Open Doors, Arch Stooped with Open Doors)
Boardwalk: Brown wood
Castle: Gray or argent stone
Chair: Brown wood
Chest: Brown wood
Drawbridge: Brown wood
Fountain: Gray or argent stone
Keystone: Grey stone
Obelisk: Argent stone
Sepulcher Stone: Argent stone
Siege Tower: Argent or gray
Stool: Brown wood
Table: Brown wood
Tower: Argent or gray
Wall: Gray or argent stone
Well: Gray or argent stone

Arts & Sciences

Bauble: Brown wood, argent or pink face, explicitly-blazoned vestments
Book: Argent pages, brown leather cover
Drum: Brown wood, argent skin
Drumstick: Brown wood
Frame: Brown wood
Hautboy: Brown wood
Paintbrush: Brown wood handle, sable bristles
Thyrsus: Brown wood, wreathed vert

Farming

Bucket: Brown wood
Carriage Frame: Brown wood
Gate: Brown wood
Hayfork: Brown wood
Mill: Gray or argent stone
Pitchfork: Brown wood
Rake: Brown wood
Saddle: Brown leather
Shovel: Brown wood
Spade: Brown wood
Tub: Brown wood
Wagon: Brown wood

Ships & Fishing

Caravel: Brown wood
Drakkar: Brown wood, sails blazoned separately
Lymphad: Brown wood
Oar: Brown wood
Trireme: Brown wood, sails blazoned separately

Military

Armor Stand: Brown wood
Club: Brown wood
Cutlass: Blade argent, hilt Or
Dagger: Blade argent, hilt Or
Grenade: Sphere sable, flames alternately or and gules
Handgun: Brown wood, black metal
Rapier: Blade argent, hilt Or
Scimitar: Blade argent, hilt Or
Sword: Blade argent, hilt Or
War Hammer: Sable head and brown wood handle
War Wagon: Brown wood

Assorted Objects

Firebrand: Brown wood, flames alternating gules and Or
Rod: Brown wood
Smoking Pipe: Brown wood
Staff: Brown wood
Wheel: Brown wood