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Title: Torse  
Author: World Heritage Encyclopedia
Language: English
Subject: Coat of arms of Albany, New York, Arms of Canada, Coat of arms of Australia, Helmet (heraldry), Mantling
Collection: Heraldic Charges
Publisher: World Heritage Encyclopedia


In heraldry, a torse or wreath is a twisted roll of fabric laid about the top of the helmet and the base of the crest. It has the dual purpose of masking the join between helm and crest, and holding the mantling in place.

It was originally a protective pad worn under a knight's coif and helmet, covered by a pair of ribbons, of the principal tinctures of the shield or of the armiger's livery colours, twisted together and extended far enough down the back to be seen beneath the helmet from the rear.


The torse is sometimes mistakenly said to be the token, such as a handkerchief

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