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: Roana d’Evreux (attributed).

Blackberry Sprig §

A wild shrub that produces dark compound berries.

Default orientation: stems to base. Default orientation: green leaves, sable berries.

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

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.

Sprig of Heather §

An evergreen shrub found in moorlands.

Default orientation: stem to base. Proper coloration: green leaves and stems, flowers may be white, pink, or purple.

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

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.

Sprig of Juniper §

An evergreen shrub with aromatic berries used as a spice or flavoring.

Default orientation: stem to base. Proper coloration: green stem and leaves, blue berries.

Artist: Aine ingen Gilla Crist.

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.

Sprig of Lilac §

A flowering shrub known for its purple flowers.

Default orientation: stem to base. Proper coloration: purple flowers, green stem and leaves.

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

Oak Sprig §

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 Heralds’ Point Artists. Artist: Unknown.

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.

Sprig of Tabacco §

A flowering branch of the tobacco plant.

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

Source: OpenClipArt. Artist: Firkin.