Post by Ralph Hancock
it breaks the rule of tincture by having two adjacent colours
No, the rule of tincture applies to charges on the field, not to the
divisions of the field.
A metal may not be placed upon a metal, nor a colour upon a colour.
However, a metal may be placed next to a metal, and a colour next to a
The concept is that divisions of the field are considered to be 'next to'
each other. e.g. per pale, per fess, per bend, per saltire, quarterly, etc.
Charges such as the ordinaries, subordinaries, and others are considered to
be 'on top of' the field.
So "azure, a pale gules" breaks the rule of tincture.
But "per pale azure and gules" does not.
e.g. The arms of Powell are "Per pale azure and gules, three lions rampant
The bow appears to be a Scythian bow.
I agree that the arms are probably made-up, because plain gules on the
sinister side doesn't look to me like genuine heraldry. Genuine arms would
either have the bow in the middle across the division, or else have some
other charge on the sinister side. That side wouldn't be empty.