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Quick new heraldry question (fwd)

Poster: clevin@ripco.com (Craig Levin)

James of Westmoreland:

> 	Okay, no awards for answering this one, but I'm in search of a 
> relatively quick answer to what should be a simple question.  I need to 
> know what is the proper way to spell gryphon when referring to a male 
> version and what the difference, if any is?  It's a bit of a minor debate 
> here, and since I'm in the process of moving all my beloved heraldry and 
> reference books are buried at the bottom of massive boxes, and I cannot  
> come up with the answer without them. 

There's no real spelling difference, with respect to which choice
of griffon, as far as I know. However, male griffons have been
referred to as "keythongs" (why, I have no idea) in Dennys' The
Heraldic Imagination and other heraldic glossaries.

For that matter, Fox-Davies notes that the "female" of the
species appears pizzled in plenty of emblazons. I think the
keythong was a creation of later heralds, but since my books are
at home and I'm at school...

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Barony of Storvik, Atlantia
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Or, six Castles Vert within a Bordure Gules Bezantty
Craig Levin
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