Book Of Traceable Heraldic Art

Vair

See also: Vair in Pictorial Dictionary of Heraldry.

Neutral fur.

Vair (1) §

Tinctured argent and azure, unless explicitly blazoned as “vairy tincture and tincture” with any two contrasting tinctures.

The argent and azure variation was used routinely in period armory, while other color combinations were rare.

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Vair (2) §

Tinctured argent and azure, unless explicitly blazoned as “vairy tincture and tincture” with any two contrasting tinctures.

The argent and azure variation was used routinely in period armory, while other color combinations were rare.

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Vair (3) §

Tinctured argent and azure, unless explicitly blazoned as “vairy tincture and tincture” with any two contrasting tinctures.

The argent and azure variation was used routinely in period armory, while other color combinations were rare.

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Vair (4) §

Tinctured argent and azure, unless explicitly blazoned as “vairy tincture and tincture” with any two contrasting tinctures. The argent and azure variation was used routinely in period armory, while other color combinations were rare.

This variation with curved edges is an earlier style; this was later blazoned “vair ancien,” but during our period it was merely an artistic variation of vair, so within the SCA it is not blazoned differently.

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Vair (5) §

Tinctured argent and azure, unless explicitly blazoned as “vairy tincture and tincture” with any two contrasting tinctures. The argent and azure variation was used routinely in period armory, while other color combinations were rare.

This variation with the vair bells lined up below one another was later blazoned “vair in pale,” but during our period it was merely an artistic variation of vair, so within the SCA it is not blazoned differently.

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Vair Counter-vair (1) §

Tinctured argent and azure, unless explicitly blazoned as “counter-vairy tincture and tincture” with any two contrasting tinctures. Rare in period armory.

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Vair Counter-vair (2) §

Tinctured argent and azure, unless explicitly blazoned as “counter-vairy tincture and tincture” with any two contrasting tinctures. This variation with curved edges is an earlier style, sometimes called “vair ancien”, but not blazoned differently in the SCA.

Curvy vair dates from the 12/13th century, while counter-vair appears in the 16/17th century, so the combination may not be registrable.

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Vair En Point (1) §

Tinctured argent and azure, unless explicitly blazoned as “vairy en point tincture and tincture” with any two contrasting tinctures.

Rare in period armory. Appears in the German heraldry of the 16th/17th century.

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Vair En Point (2) §

Tinctured argent and azure, unless explicitly blazoned as “vairy en point tincture and tincture” with any two contrasting tinctures.

Rare in period armory. Appears in the German heraldry of the 16th/17th century.

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