The surface of the shield (normally called the field) may have a single background tincture. There are two contrasting groups of tinctures - called colours and metals. Objects are then placed on top of the field (or each other) always using a contrasting tincture.
Five "COLOURS" are in general use:
and two "METALS":
The names for the colours given in brackets are Norman English.
RULE: a COLOUR is placed on top of a METAL, or a METAL on top of a COLOUR. This makes the design more distinct at a distance, or in fading light when colours begin to turn to shades of grey.
To demonstrate this, click here to see a "photocopy" of this page.
Page last updated 23/05/2003 © Copyright, I.D.Lee,
Didcot Girls' School.