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I have a fairly strong interest in the Armory* and I am aware of the existence of rishonic teshuvot on the subject (see this article on Heraldica). However, as the source is written by a non-Jewish author and is merely making oblique reference as proof that non-Jews were permitted to be armigers (by virtue of poskim permitting Jews to bear arms, which would be unlikely were it illegal), I don't know what his makor is.

Is there any work which discusses armory in halachic literature and the history of psak on the matter ?


*The Western heraldic tradition, not to be confused with "armoury," a storage location for weapons and armour.

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    "permitting Jews to bear arms" also not to be confused with the 2nd amendment – Heshy May 29 at 20:09
  • @Heshy, clearly, as I expect that the latter would not be relevant in that period and a dup of other questions here – Noach MiFrankfurt May 29 at 20:47
  • Do you mean, for example, teshuvot concerning wearing a decorative ruby-studded scabbord on Shabbat? – Josh K May 30 at 1:36
  • @JoshK, please read my footnote, which specifically deals with what you ask – Noach MiFrankfurt May 30 at 3:39

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