In heraldry, this is a charge in the form of a star, generally with five points, intended to represent a spur-rowel. It is a mark of cadency assigned to the third son.
Related term(s): Heraldry; Charge (Heraldry); Mark of Cadency; Ordinary; Escutcheon; Crescent
Last modified: 07.04.06
Source information: Wilhelm, Thomas. A Military Dictionary and Gazetteer. Philadelphia: L.R. Hamersly & Co., 1881. 341.