Bottom stripe of shield

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Hans L.
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Bottom stripe of shield

Postby Hans L. » 18 Aug 2015 21:03

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Is there a heraldic term for a stripe at the bottom of the shield, i.e. the opposite of a chief? I've seen it being called a "base" or "terrace in base" on some websites; is this heraldically correct? It doesn't seem to be often included as one of the traditional ordinaries.

For those interested, I'm asking because part of one of my yet unpublished proposals for a heraldic emblem for Belarus is red with the lower third green, similar to its current flag, and I was wondering how to describe that.
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Re: Bottom stripe of shield

Postby Leonardo Piccioni » 19 Aug 2015 12:39

Yes, "terrace in base" works for sure, but I remember seing blazons with "a base", too. As a heraldic ordinary, vert on gules is not best heraldry, although a terrace vert on field gules is often tolerared e.g. in Hapsburg Hungarian heraldry.
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Re: Bottom stripe of shield

Postby Hans L. » 20 Aug 2015 20:06

Thanks. I know the combination of red and green doesn't have great contrast, but with the arms being based on existing insignia (and partly on an accompanying flag proposal which in turn combines the current and 1991 flags) I don't have much choice except creating something entirely new.


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