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A fess is a term used in heraldry to describe a charge on a coat of arms that takes the form of a band running from the left to the right side of the shield, centered from top to bottom. Writers disagree in how much of the shield's surface is to be covered by the fess, ranging from one-fifth to one-third. The former is more likely if the fess is uncharged, that is, if it does not have other charges placed on it. If charged, the fess is typically wider.

The shield to the right depicts a gold fess placed on a black shield, and its blazon is Sable, a fess or.

A fess when couped ("cut off" at either end, and so not reaching the sides of the shield) can be called humetty, but this term cannot be used interchangeably with "couped," being restricted to some charges, as for example the fess and the cross.

Though the bar is sometimes termed a diminutive of the fess, this is not necessarily true, as the bar may be no narrower than the fess. In British heraldry two fesses cannot appear on a field, two fess-like charges being then termed bars.

The fess is one of the ordinaries in heraldry, along with the chief, bend, chevron and pale. There are several other ordinaries and sub-ordinaries.

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 Fess - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (285 words) A fess when couped ("cut off" at either end, and so not reaching the sides of the shield) can be called humetty, but this term cannot be used interchangeably with "couped," being restricted to some charges, as for example the fess and the cross. Though the bar is sometimes termed a diminutive of the fess, this is not necessarily true, as the bar may be no narrower than the fess. The fess is one of the ordinaries in heraldry, along with the chief, bend, chevron and pale.
 NationMaster - Encyclopedia: Fess Parker (931 words) Fess Parker (born August 16, 1924) is an American film and television actor. Fess was a long way from knowing all about his hero until Disney Studios gave him a research folder on Davy. Fess' first scene for the preview series for the Disneyland show was riding all day through heavy brush in the Indian country on an old plough horse name Brunhild.
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