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While the members may also have heraldry (see the Members Heraldry page), the Canton of Ritterwald as a branch has a registered name, a device, a populace badge and even ancient arms!

The Canton of Ritterwald originally registered it's name with the College of Arms in April of 2001 (via Atlantia).

In addition to its name, the Canton of Ritterwald also has several pieces of heraldry which serve different functions.

  • First, the Canton has a device (also known as "arms"):
Azure, a pale wavy argent surmounted by a horse courant contourny, in chief two laurel wreaths Or.
This device was registered in October of 2015 (via Atlantia).

A device is defined as: A heraldic design that uniquely represents the person or group that owns it. The device represents the Canton itself. It does not signify association or ownership, but rather the Canton's presence. For groups without a ruling noble like our Canton, the Seneschal must be present if the device is to be displayed. No other person is permitted to display the arms of the group.

  • Next, the Canton has a badge that is designated for use of the populace:
Azure, a pale wavy cotised argent and overall a horse courant Or.
This badge was registered in October of 2015 (via Atlantia).

A badge is defined as: A piece of armory used by an individual or group to identify possessions, retainers, members, or other items. A badge is distinguished from a device, which is used solely by its owner. Any member of the Ritterwald populace may use and display the populace badge to show association and camaraderie.

Here's a copy of the line art for use by the populace:

The Canton also decided to retain its original device as "Ancient Arms":
Azure, a tilting lance bendwise sinister Or surmounted by a horse rampant argent, in canton a laurel wreath Or, a ford proper.
This device was registered in April of 2001 and changed/retained in October of 2015 (via Atlantia).

"Ancient Arms" are devices that are retained for historical value but are not actively used by the branch.