Book Of Traceable Heraldic Art

Sprig

See also: Sprig, Oak fructed (1) in Pennsic Traceable Art.

Beech Sprig §

A branch of a tree long used for lumber, and formerly grown for its nuts. (The word “book” comes from the beech wood writing slats used in early medieval Germanic societies.)

Default alignment: stem to base. Proper coloration: brown wood, green leaves.

Source: Pennsic Traceable Art. Artist unknown.

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Broom Sprig Fructed §

A branch of the broom plant with its seed pods.

Default orientation: pods to chief. Proper coloration: vert.

A sprig of broom was used as a badge by the Plantagenet kings of England, whose name is derived from the Latin term for broom, “planta genista.”

Source: Heraldic Badges. Artist: Unknown. (From page 171.) Adapted from Prince Arthur's Book.

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Cherry Sprig Fructed §

A ruby fruit with a hard pit.

No default orientation. Proper coloration: red fruit, green stem and leaves.

Source: Wappenbuch des Landkreises Hannover. Artist: Gustav Völker.

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Elder Sprig §

A branch of a tree grown for its small fruits, known as elderberries. Some say it provides protection against evil spirits while others say witches gather around them.

Default alignment: stem to base. Proper coloration: brown wood, green leaves; berries are typically purple or blue, but some varieties are red or white.

Source: Pennsic Traceable Art. Artist unknown.

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Elder Sprig Fructed §

A branch of a tree grown for its small fruits, known as elderberries. Some traditions say it provides protection against evil spirits while others say witches gather around them.

Default alignment: stem to base. Proper coloration: brown wood, green leaves; berries are typically purple or blue, but some varieties are red or white.

Source: Pennsic Bored-Artist Collection. Artist: Jaqueline de Molieres.

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Fig Sprig Fructed §

The common fig is a small tree cultivated for its fruit.

Default alignment: stem to base. Proper coloration: brown wood, green leaves; figs come in many colors so the tincture of the fruit must be explicitly blazoned.

Source: Ortus Sanitatis. Artist: Unknown.

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Sprig of Hemp §

A fast-growing plant traditionally cultivated as a source of fiber.

Default alignment: stem to base. Proper coloration: green leaves.

Source: Wikimedia Commons. Artist: Gerhard Bräunlich. License: Released into the public domain.

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Holly Sprig Fructed §

A branch of a evergreen shrub known for the bright red berries it produces in winter.

Default alignment: stem to base. Proper coloration: green leaves, red fruit.

Source: Pennsic Traceable Art. Artist unknown.

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Sprig of Foxglove §

A flowering spike of the plant in the “digitalis” family, once used as a medication.

Default alignment: stem to base. No proper coloration. In nature, found with purple, pink, or white flowers.

Source: Viking Answer Lady SVG Images For Heralds. Artist: Gunnvôr silfrahárr.

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Oak Sprig Fructed §

The most common type of tree in heraldry, known for its production of acorns.

Default alignment: stem to base. Proper coloration: brown wood, green leaves, brown acorns.

Source: Pennsic Traceable Art. Artist unknown.

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Rowan Sprig §

A branch of a tree with distinctive red berries, formerly grown for its fruit, and once revered as a protection against evil spirits.

Default alignment: stem to base. Proper coloration: green leaves, brown wood.

Source: Pennsic Traceable Art. Artist unknown.

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Rue Sprig §

A shrub in the citrus family with medicinal properties. Said to provide spiritual protection, it was used to sprinkle holy water on Sundays, and called the “herb of grace.”

Default alignment: stem to base. Proper coloration: green leaves and stem.

Adapted by Mathghamhain Ua Ruadháin from a nineteenth-century botanical illustration by

Hugo de Vries.

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Sprig of Tobacco §

A flowering branch of the tobacco plant.

Default alignment: palewise. Proper coloration: green leaves, flower color varies.

Source: OpenClipArt. Artist: Firkin.

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