November 23, 2017 2:02 pm

Crown or Coronet


It has been mentioned throughout this guide that one should pay reverence to the Crown and members of the Nobility. But how does one recognize who these persons may be? Most members of the Royalty and the Nobility are entitled to and wear a crown or coronet. In the Kingdom of the Outlands, the King and Queen are the only persons to wear the Crowns of the Outlands. The Crowns of the King and Queen are made of copper with brass overlay in five pointed sections, each section depicting leaping stags in a Celtic pattern centered with a stone of malachite. Even if these Crowns are placed by themselves upon the thrones, reverence should be made for the position they represent and their wearers.

There are certain conventions, established by custom or suggested by history, to distinguish the coronet of one rank from that of another among the members of the Nobility. These are as follows:

CROWN PRINCE

A coronet of brass with a wreath of laurel leaves etched in the band; a stone of malachite in the center front.

CROWN PRINCESS

A coronet of brass with a wreath of ivy leaves etched in the band; a stone of malachite in the center front.

DUKE/DUCHESS

A coronet with strawberry leaves (trefoils).

COUNT/COUNTESS

A coronet with is embattled (crenelated).

VISCOUNT/VISCOUNTESS

(Outlandish tradition) A coronet with a single projection at the center front with an ornament which may be representative of the Outlands or of the individual.

BARON/BARONESS

A coronet with six projections tipped with pearls (disks or spheres) for landed Barons and Baronesses, and coronets with six projections without pearls for Court Barons and Court Baronesses. There are no formal restrictions on this in the Outlands however. The coronets of the Barony of al-Barran are made of etched brass with six points each containing a silver sphere. They are etched with many scorpions in black.

GRANT BEARING AWARD RECIPIENTS

As of the reign of Torn and Elisheva (4/96), a plain unadorned circlet of no more than 1/2 inch may be worn by those who have received a grant-bearing award.

Anyone who is entitled to wear a coronet may also elect to wear a plain circlet, or a coronet whose decorations do not extend above the band. It is therefore difficult to distinguish one rank from another. A general rule is that anyone who wears metal upon their head in either a fillet, circlet, or coronet should be considered a member of the Nobility and should be respected as such.

So as not to add to the confusion generated among the Nobility themselves, it is strongly recommended that those who have not as yet earned their title as a member of the Nobility refrain from wearing metal circlets or fillets on their heads. This may also be interpreted to include metallic trim and gilt leather -- anything that may be construed as metal from a distance. There are no formal sumptuary laws in the Kingdom of the Outlands, but "by tradition only" this is suggested practice.

In some other kingdoms, it is permissable for anyone to wear circlets that are less than 1/2-inch wide and maybe someday this tradition will filter into the Outlands. In the Current Middle Ages, we are all assumed to be lords and ladies of the court unless we choose an alternate persona. In the real Middle Ages, one way to accumulate wealth was with precious metals and gemstones -- some of which were turned into coronets for the Nobility to display. In the Outlands, however, we have reserved this right for the upper Lords and Ladies of Court.

So how shall you hold your veil on? I suggest unstudded leather bands, non-metallic trims, macrame braid of either colored cloth or hemp rope, or modern macrame cord. Of course, the easiest way to avoid this dilemma is to choose a persona which did not have veils that needed to be held on with a circlet of some type. . . being from a Saxon background I can sympathize with you.

Compiled by Countess Kathryn of Iveragh