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In [[heraldry]], the '''baton''' is an [[ordinary]] in the shape of a thin diagonal line starting in the [[dexter]] [[chief]], but not reaching the edges of the shield. It is a diminutive of the [[bend]]. If the baton starts in the [[sinister]] chief it is called a baton sinister.
 
In [[heraldry]], the '''baton''' is an [[ordinary]] in the shape of a thin diagonal line starting in the [[dexter]] [[chief]], but not reaching the edges of the shield. It is a diminutive of the [[bend]]. If the baton starts in the [[sinister]] chief it is called a baton sinister.
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By the 17th century this mark was also used to indicate illegitimacy. This usage is also mentioned as being used in Burgundy in 1463.
   
 
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Revision as of 19:27, 27 January 2006

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In heraldry, the baton is an ordinary in the shape of a thin diagonal line starting in the dexter chief, but not reaching the edges of the shield. It is a diminutive of the bend. If the baton starts in the sinister chief it is called a baton sinister.

By the 17th century this mark was also used to indicate illegitimacy. This usage is also mentioned as being used in Burgundy in 1463.


In fencing, a baton is a walking stick that can be used as a defensive weapon.