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In [[heraldry]] a '''stain''' is one of a number of different colours not included as one of the seven normal solid-field [[tincture]]s. The three stains usually referred to in [[period]] heraldry are [[tenn]], [[murrey]] and [[sanguine]]. Use of these on the arms of [[nobility]] was thought to indicate a stain on the bearer's honour, and were therefore used for [[abatement]]s.
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In [[heraldry]] a '''stain''' is one of a number of different colours not included as one of the seven normal solid-field [[tincture]]s. The three stains usually referred to in [[period]] heraldry are [[tenne]], [[murrey]] and [[sanguine]]. In period writings, a stain is both decribed as a characteristic of a [[tincture]] ''(Berners)'' and as a term for [[tincture]]s disallowed in [[heraldry]] ''(Legh, Guillim)''. In later writings, use of a stain on the arms of [[nobility]] was thought to indicate a stain on the bearer's honour, and were therefore used for [[abatement]]s. This probably arose from a confusion of the term "stain" as a characteristic of color in the late [[Middle Ages]] with its more common negative usage. It is doubful that stains were ever used as [[abatement]]s.
   
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In [[SCA]] heraldry stains are not used. Lighter or darker shades of colour are instead considered an [[artistic difference]], and do not count as a [[point of difference]].
Including more modern inclusions, the list of stains is:
 
   
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The list of stains is:
*Bleu-celeste (sky-blue)
 
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*Brunatre (brown)
 
 
*[[Murrey]] (mulberry)
*Cendree (cinder-grey)
 
 
*[[Sanguine]] (dark blood-red)
*Murrey (mulberry)
 
 
*[[Tenne]] (tawny orange)
*Rose (pink)
 
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*Sanguine (dark blood-red)
 
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[[Category:Heraldry]][[Category:Device heraldry]]
*Tenn (tawny orange)
 

Latest revision as of 08:50, 10 November 2007

In heraldry a stain is one of a number of different colours not included as one of the seven normal solid-field tinctures. The three stains usually referred to in period heraldry are tenne, murrey and sanguine. In period writings, a stain is both decribed as a characteristic of a tincture (Berners) and as a term for tinctures disallowed in heraldry (Legh, Guillim). In later writings, use of a stain on the arms of nobility was thought to indicate a stain on the bearer's honour, and were therefore used for abatements. This probably arose from a confusion of the term "stain" as a characteristic of color in the late Middle Ages with its more common negative usage. It is doubful that stains were ever used as abatements.

In SCA heraldry stains are not used. Lighter or darker shades of colour are instead considered an artistic difference, and do not count as a point of difference.

The list of stains is: