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Aricia Jehane Deveraux, Countess

Aricia Jehane Deveraux's Countess Scroll,
Calligraphy by Aldith Angharad St. George, Illumination by Theresia von Tux
Note the size -- these were called at the time "The Postcard Scrolls"
due to the small size of them. The seals are the standard Kingdom
and Herald's seals, which should give you an indication of the size
of the scrolls.

Photo and Contribution
by Hal Ravn

Meisterin Terasia von Tux got the idea of doing terribly period small-scale scrolls back in AS XXVII. She wanted to prove a point we both felt strongly about, i.e., that a patent of arms (peerage) scroll doesn't have to be 18" x 24" in scale to be period OR impressive. So Tux contacted Eric & Aricia and convinced them that they needed post-card size count & countess scrolls. (Note: when doing something unusual, always get buy-in from the recipient.) Luckily, Eric & Aricia are both scribes, and both have a sense of humor.

Tux came up with the concept, the layout and the illumination. These are essentially standard period-style grants based on English and German examples from the 14th c. The finished dimensions are standard postcard size (about 4"x 6"). The folded bottom, slit to allow a seal strip through, is a common form of "hanging" seal used in England from about the 11th c.

The illumination was done with Winsor & Newton gouache on vellum, in (as I recall) Cadmium Yellow, Cadmium Red, Ultramarine Blue, Ivory Black and Zinc White.

I did the calligraphy - I used a 3/4mm Brause metal nib, Higgins Black India Ink enhanced with a little Chinese stick ink. Vellum can be greasy, even after it has been rubbed with sandarac, and the stick ink helps stabilize the color and reduce "beading up". The hand I used is slightly out of period to the illumination: it's a 15th c. English Batarde hand, which resembles the formata-type hands of the 14th c., at least at this scale. Fact is, I just didn't feel confident about using a hand I wasn't familiar with doing something this small.

-- Aldith Angharad St. George

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