Roll of Arms — Order of the White Scarf of Caid

The White Scarf was a Grant level award bestowed on rapier combatants.  Though it was not agreed upon by Corpora, a number of regions signed a treaty to acknowledge the honor across territorial boundaries.  In absence of a peerage being available for the rapier community, our local White Scarves were treated like peers. That is to say, they were acknowledged as being at the highest level, even though they could not receive the highest level award.

From 1997 to 2015, the White Scarves of Caid functioned as the community’s leadership, but in 2015, the Order was closed to make way for the newly formed Society-wide internationally recognized Order of Defense.  The situation was bittersweet. On the one hand, rapier fighters could finally be awarded the honors they had long since deserved. But on the other hand, the Order of the White Scarf was a local institution. 

This roll of arms was made to commemorate the order and their contributions.  The populace badge has been used in the two instances where no registered arms were available. Thomas Brownell was my collaborator and did the Calligraphy.

Gouache on mixed media paper.  20″ x 60″.

Insignia Florentinorum, a book of Florentine arms, is the most famous (relatively of course) of a larger set of armorials that includes arms from Genoa, Veronese, Naples, as well as Papal arms. 

The Roll of Arms for the Order of the White Scarf of Caid takes a lot of things from its reference material including the shield shape, frame style, diapering style and drop shadows. 

Insignia … XII. Insignia Florentinorum – BSB Cod.icon. 277
Recto 70.


BSB Call Nr.: Cod.icon. 277
Project ID: BSB-Hss Cod.icon. 

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