“F” Terms

FESS. An honourable ordinary occupying the third part of the shield between the centre and the base.

FESS POINT. The exact centre of the escutcheon.

FIELD. The whole surface of the shield or escutcheon: it is the ground upon which the colours, tinctures, furs, ordinaries, and charges, are represented.

FIGURED. Those bearings which are depicted with a human face, are said to be figured.

FILLET. The only diminutive belonging to the chief; its width is one-fourth of the chief, and is always placed at the base of it. See CHIEF.

FIMBRIATED. An ordinary having a border of a different tincture is said to be fimbriated.

FITCHY. Is from the French word fiché, fixed. It is generally applied to crosses which have their lower branch pointed, so that it could be fixed in the ground. See CROSS FITCHY.

FLANCHES. Are formed of two curved lines placed opposite each other.

FLANK. That part of an escutcheon between the chief and the base.

FLASQUES. A subordinate ordinary formed by curved lines placed opposite each other, but not so near as in flanches.

FLEUR-DE-LIS. Supposed to represent the garden-lily. It is the bearing of the Bourbons of France, but is frequently introduced in English charges.

FLORY. Signifies flowered or adorned with the fleur-de-lis. See FLORY COUNTER-FLORY, and CROSS-FLORY.

FRET. Two laths interlaced with a mascle.

FRETTY. This word denotes a field covered with fretwork or laths interlacing each other.

FUSIL. Is longer than the lozenge: the upper and lower ends are more acute.

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