The text reads To all those who shall see or hear these present letters Thorvaldr and Fiona King and Queen of Drachenwald greeting and recommendation. Equity requires and reason ordains that men virtuous and of good skill and knowledge be rewarded for their merits by renown and recognition. And therefore We who not only by common renown but also by the report and testimony of other noble men worthy of credence are truly advertised and informed that Thomas Flamanc de Kelsale has long persued feats of food and as well in this as in other of his affairs has borne himself valiantly and conducted himself honourably so that he deserved well and is well worth that henceforth he may be in all places honourably admitted renowned counted number and received among the number and in the company of Our Order of the Panache. And for the remembrance of this we assign to the said Thomas the right to bear the blazon in the manner which follows. That is to say a torteau charged with a bezant pierced sable issuant from the chief three feathers gules, Or, and sable. In witness whereof We King and Queen of Drachenwald above named have signed our hands and sealed with our seal and given the eighth day of November in the year of the society fourty-three.. It is based on the 1459/60 grant of arms to John Alfrey, number 4 at http://verysleepy.itgo.com/grants.htm.
The illumination is based on two manuscripts in the London Guildhall library. The T is based on the one in the grant of arms to the Worshipful Company of Coopers of London, granted 1509, Guildhall Library MS 5806. The yellow border with vegetation is from the Skinners' Fraternity of Assumption, begun in the 1440s and finished in the 17th C, Guildhall Library MS 31692. The scroll was completed on 27, 28 Sept. and 11, 12 Oct.
Paints: Talens gouache, gold, yellow, green, ultramarine light, vermillion, white, and black intenso.
© 2008, Sara L. Uckelman.