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CREST CARVING IN PROGRESS
 
SCOTTISH CREST-McKellips -as seen on the opening page of this website.

I have carved dozens of Crests of Arms, each of it's own pattern and design. The torn and twisted silk ( called diapering ) swirls out in twists and turns. It signified the silken cloak the knights in armor wore over those steel pot helmets to try and keep the brain damage down from heat in the Crusades. The torn and twisted silk, of two color reversible portrayal was a  "Badge of Honor" showing they had been brave and fought in the fray. It later became decoration, framing the Crest of Arms.

The Arms are the shield, whose shape denoted which century the arms were issued and the charges on the shield  (Objects ) were the personal representation of the bearer.
 

A Father could have a certain ornate shield of his own, but there were nine marks that could be applied over the objects on the shield to denote which son, up to nine in number was coming at you. There was even one mark for a bastard son of an important knight. The Crest was the object atop the Helm. Could be anything issued to denote this individual, from a glove holding a cross to a dead rat; it was a matter of individual choice in application to Lyons Court for recognition.

The Helm it self also denoted rank from Royalty to squires, serving knights or persons of high rank. All were totally unique and instantly recognized on a field of battle. When the Robber Baron got knocked off, his serfs usually ceased hostilities because they now had a NEW owner.

 
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