(Fieldless) A pair of wings conjoined in lure argent.
The household was founded by me (then called Samuel ben Isaac of Sarkel) in early 1978, very soon after I joined the SCA. The original notion was that it be a service organization, and this is reflected in the wording of our Carolingian charter. The household grew rapidly to 15 members, and flourished in the early 80's. The structure I had naively set up proved unwieldy after a few years, though, and after much thought, I decided we weren't, as a household, fulfilling the charter...although many of the individual members did quite good things indeed, and many continue to do so. I gave up the charter, and later reorganized the household more simply as myself and my lady, and those who had a feudal relationship to me: those from Old Silverwing who had explicitly chosen to join New Silverwing, plus any proteges, apprentices, yeomen, equerries or other feudal dependents. The Carolingian branch again became a chartered Carolingian household during the tenure of Baron Patri and Baroness Barbara.
The household name derives from my arms, which feature a silver (white) owl. (The mundane origin of this is an owl-shaped cookie jar on top of the fridge, which led to the coat of arms I designed when I was eight. The "persona" story is that the fictional Adenarian in Wales has a church or chapel in which is a reliquary containing two silver feathers which fell from the Archangel Gabriel's wing at the Annunciation).
House Silverwing takes pride in its heraldic legacy: four of us have served as Brigantia Herald, three as Golden Gryphon Pursuivant, one is the legendarily long-serving Shepherd's Crook Herald & Clerk of the Polls. Our members are also characterized by a long-standing active engagement in SCA Philosophy, advocating for beneficial structural and operational change in both the real-world and game-side of the organization. --Steffan ap Kennydd 17:47, 2 March 2009 (UTC)
The original members of House Silverwing (signers of the charter) were: Samuel ben-Isaac, Taran of Windy Hill, Aldwen of Thymeswood, Baelric of Bernicia, Cassandra Boell von Baeyer, Charles of the Dark Forest, Gwendolyn of Middlemarch, Ivan Brasonic, Johannes von Nierenstein, Rhiannon of Llangyfelach, Stewart the Jester, Talonayre of the Two Swords, Arianwen of Urquhart, Laura Hawkwood, and David Hawkwood. --Steffan ap Kennydd 17:47, 2 March 2009 (UTC)
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