Sumptuary Law

Adapted From Ansteorra Kingdom Law
(October 2019 pp. 29-31)

Article X : Coronet Sumptuary Laws

Crowns or coronets bearing 1 or more Ansteorran Stars (a mullet of 5 lesser and 5 greater points) are restricted to the Crown, the Heirs, former Crowns of Ansteorra, and former territorial barons and baronesses of Ansteorra as set forth below:

Section 1: Royal Crowns

  1. Coronets bearing a Queen’s Rose (a rose sable charged with a rose or, thereon a mullet of five greater and five lesser points sable) are restricted to the Queen.
  2. The Royal Crowns and the Heirs’ Crowns may have triple-lobed motifs as long as they do not resemble strawberry leaves.
  3. The Royal Crowns and the Heirs’ Crowns may display one or more Ansteorran Stars.

Section 2: Ducal Coronets

  1. Dukes and duchesses have the exclusive right to wear coronets with strawberry leaves (three strawberry leaves, one palewise and two fesswise, stems to the center). Dukes and duchesses share with the Crown and Heirs, but restrict from all others, the right to any triple-lobed motif that extends above the line of the top of the coronet.
  2. Ansteorran dukes and duchesses may display one or more Ansteorran Stars on their ducal coronets.
  3. Those of ducal rank may chose to wear a flat-topped coronet but should remember that they might be mistaken for a baron or baroness.
  4. Those of ducal rank may also chose to wear an engrailed coronet. Engrailed coronets may have either 6 or 12 points or projections, which may be surmounted by spherical projections of no more than ½ inch diameter. Those choosing to wear engrailed coronets should remember that they might be mistaken for a baron or baroness.

Section 3: County Coronets

  1. Counts and Countesses have the exclusive right to wear coronets that are embattled or dovetailed on the top. A single heraldic or decorative motif in front is not a violation. Small pearls alone, or with 6 or 12 engrailed projections are not prohibited by this clause. See “Baronial Coronets” below.
  2. Ansteorran counts and countesses may display one or more Ansteorran Stars on their county coronets.
  3. Those of county rank may chose to wear a flat-topped coronet but should remember that they might be mistaken for a baron or baroness.

Section 4: Baronial Coronets

  1. All barons and baronesses have the right to wear one of the following as a sign of their rank:
    • Flat-topped coronets may have 6 to 12 spherical projections of no more than ½ inch diameter extending
      from the top of the coronet. It is recommended that flat-topped baronial coronets be made clearly wider
      than fillets.
    • Engrailed coronets may have up to six points or projections, which may be surmounted by spherical
      projections of no more than ½ inch diameter. The line of the coronet between points must be smoothly
      concave, in order to clearly distinguish them from county coronets.
  2. Territorial barons and baronesses have the exclusive right to wear baronial coronets decorated with the arms, ensign, or badge of their barony, excepting a single badge designated by the barony for former territorial nobility and registered with the College of Arms. A laurel wreath may only be included as part of the arms of the barony.
    • A baronial coronet should not have the personal insignia of the baron or baroness, since it is not a personal coronet, but one that represents the barony.
    • Ansteorran territorial barons and baronesses, and court barons and baronesses who have ruled Ansteorran baronies, may display a single Ansteorran Star on their baronial coronets.
    • Every barony may designate a badge registered to the barony that may be displayed on the coronets of court barons and baronesses who have ruled that barony. Baronies must notify the Principal Herald of this designation.
  3. Court barons and baronesses have the right to wear standard baronial coronets, as long as the decorations do not violate existing sumptuary laws.

Section 5: Other Kingdoms

Those who receive their nobility in other SCA kingdoms may wear coronets that follow that kingdom’s sumptuary laws, unless it is a striking violation of normally accepted SCA practice. Burden of proof is on the noble

Section 6: Fillets

  1. Any member of the populace may wear a metal fillet not to exceed ½ inch in width.
  2. Any metal-looking band across the front of the head is a coronet, if it exceeds the stated dimension or is decorated in any of the ways noted above.

Section 7: Legacy Status and Permitted Exceptions

  1. Any coronet or wreath that currently exists but violates one or more of these standards may be referred to the Star Principal Herald for legacy status. The College of Heralds will be as fair as possible to those who have built coronets in good faith. If the Star Principal Herald’s office does not receive notice of such a coronet within six months of the publication of changes to sumptuary standards, the legacy status expires.
  2. Alternatives will be considered and granted an exception on a case-by-case basis. Alternatives accompanied by documentation of period style will be given extra consideration. Coronets made before consulting the Star Principal Herald or a designated sumptuary deputy will receive no extra consideration. Money, time, or materials already invested in a coronet are not arguments in its favor.
  3. The current list of coronets that have been allowed due to legacy status or by explicit exception are:
    • Aulus Allemanius Draconis—Baronial
    • Alys Carvelsdatter—Baronial
    • Karlanna of Applecross Woods—”Spearhead” County
    • Kaylitha Rhiannon of Southhaven—”Pheons and Hearts” Viscounty
    • Megan Andoniel of Glengalen—Viscounty
    • Seamus of the Cats—”Spearhead” County
    • Drusilla of Northumbria—County
    • Barony of Bjornsborg–Baronial engrailed of 7 points
    • Gwenllian ferch Maredudd – Baronial
    • Michelle Chantal de Charente – County
    • Loch Soilleir –Serpentine Baronial