Heraldic Activities of the Society
Heraldry has long been one of the Society's most interesting and decorative programs. Activities organized under the Heraldry Committee include operating the second-oldest arms registration office in the United States, and at present, the only such registry which will recognize noble and royal additaments. Other programs are described below, and still more are under development.
Heraldry Committee Members:
- Justiciar General (Chairman):
- LCdr. Nicholas Hoffmann, FAS
- Deputy Justiciar General (Vice-Chairman):
- Arms Chancellor:
- Vice Justiciar for Australian Heraldry:
- Stephen Szabo, FAS
- Vice Justiciar for Canadian Heraldry:
- Nicholas Hoffmann, FAS
- Vice Justiciar for American Heraldry:
- Bruce A. Metcalf, OAE
- Vice Justiciar for Asian Heraldry:
- Edward Ploysongsang*
- Vice Justiciar for Scottish Heraldry:
- Donald Draper Campbell*
- Vice Justiciar for Italian Heraldry:
- Flavio A.L. Andreatta*
- Members at large:
- John Shannon*
- Eduardo Pazikas*
* non-member consultant
The Heraldry Committee reviews petitions for registration of arms. It includes experts on various national heraldic laws and traditions, plus heraldic artists.
Arms registration, for both Augustans and non-members, is conducted by careful review and creation of fresh artwork. The results include the registration itself, an illuminated Certificate of Registration, publication in the Online Armorial and the printed Augustan Society Roll of Arms, the fourth volume of which is now in preparation. Those wishing to register may submit a Petition for Registration.
Begun in 1967, there have been three volumes published to date, with another in the works. The first three being long out of print, there are plans to reprint with the arms in full color.
This new program, launched in May 2013, will post online all of the arms registrations granted by the Society since 1967. Progress is slow due to the need to scan and color the arms, and in many cases translations are also needed.
An index is an obvious adjunct to this project, and it will provide links to the arms. This project will also create an Ordinary of Arms, permitting researchers to look up who might have claim to any given shield.
This project aims to document in a single source all of the arms registered by the various registries in the United States. The support of those Registries is much appreciated. It has become apparent this will be a non-trivial task, as many arms were published without blazons, and a few without the name of the bearer! Translations are being done for those not written in English so as to permit inclusion in the Ordinary of Arms.
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