This version of Wittenberg is now the legal national forum for Talossa! Feel free to explore it, and to check out the threads for feedback, requests and criticisms to make sure Wittenberg is tailored to you.

Author Topic: Arms in Action: the Royal Order of the Seraphim  (Read 153 times)

Offline Baron Alexandreu Davinescu

  • Moderator
  • Posts: 1783
  • compassionem audentiam verumque quaeramus
    • Talossan since: 6-9-2006

    • View Profile
Arms in Action: the Royal Order of the Seraphim
« on: April 17, 2022, 07:29:40 PM »
Arms in Action: the Royal Order of the Seraphim

The Serafimerorden, or Royal Order of the Seraphim of the Kingdom of Sweden, is that country's foremost order of chivalry.  At this time, it is only awarded to the royal family or heads of state.  It also has an unusual memorial method: at the time of awarding it is given directly to the recipient in medal form (if given twice, also with a chain), and a heraldic artist is formally contracted to emblazon a beautiful version of an achievement with the award included.  But the resulting painting is put into storage, and it is only eventually hung up in sacred Riddarholm Church after the recipient's death, like so:


Here is a selection of some recent grants, as recreated by artists on Wikimedia and Wappenwiki.  I have chosen some of my favorites as well as some of my least favorite (Aníbal Cavaco Silva is pretty bold to pale the national arms of his country, Portugal, quartered with the badge of the presidential award the Sash of the Three Orders, on his own achievement -- but maybe it was emblazoned that way to show he's there on behalf of his country?).  Notice the seraphim heads on the chain -- a head weirdly surrounded by a ton of wings, per the Biblical description.


-NRH
« Last Edit: April 17, 2022, 07:47:42 PM by Baron Alexandreu Davinescu »
Alexandreu Davinescu, Baron Davinescu del Vilatx Freiric del Vilatx Freiric es Guaír del Sabor Talossan

    Bitter struggles deform their participants in subtle, complicated ways. ― Zadie Smith
    Revolution is an art that I pursue rather than a goal I expect to achieve. ― Robert Heinlein


Offline Dr. Txec Róibeard dal Nordselvă, Esq., O.SPM, SMM

  • Secretár d'Estat/Secretary of State
  • Moderator
  • Posts: 1029
  • Fraichetz dels punts, es non dels mürs
    • Talossan since: 9-23-2012

    • View Profile
Re: Arms in Action: the Royal Order of the Seraphim
« Reply #1 on: April 17, 2022, 07:42:19 PM »
These are all very neat to look at.
Dr. Txec Róibeard dal Nordselvă, Esq., O.SPM, SMM
Secretár d'Estat
Scribe of Abbavilla
Justice Emeritus of the Uppermost Cort
The Rouge Elephant Herald, RTCoA
Former Seneschal

Offline Baron Alexandreu Davinescu

  • Moderator
  • Posts: 1783
  • compassionem audentiam verumque quaeramus
    • Talossan since: 6-9-2006

    • View Profile
Re: Arms in Action: the Royal Order of the Seraphim
« Reply #2 on: April 17, 2022, 07:48:30 PM »
Yeah, I'm going to try to do this every month or two, according to the rigorous schedule of "whenever I feel like it."  Probably an even mix of SCA, modern, and historical stuff.

-NRH
Alexandreu Davinescu, Baron Davinescu del Vilatx Freiric del Vilatx Freiric es Guaír del Sabor Talossan

    Bitter struggles deform their participants in subtle, complicated ways. ― Zadie Smith
    Revolution is an art that I pursue rather than a goal I expect to achieve. ― Robert Heinlein