The drawbar or fork is in heraldry both a herald image and a common figure and has the form shown in a pile strength, strong symbolized Wye. The counterpart is called gin.
As a herald image
The arms of this Y- shaped cross forked run obliquely from the pile of upward and outward in the upper plate corners. These upper arms can also be inflected, what needs to be reported. As a herald image, it must touch the plate edge with all three beams ( arms). This form divides the plate into three fields, one between the Y- arms on each side and another field. The blazon the top field, then the front, and finally the rear is addressed first. Similar to other Herold images, it is also a sign division in the tiller section in which the three fields abut one another directly, without "visible" drawbar. A toppled described or upside-down tiller is called gin, a division of this kind is also a frequently used label division, the gin section in which first the front panel, then the rear and finally the lower is addressed. In the blazon it then reads: " In the drawbar section ( Göpel section) divided by ..." or with the Herald picture " tiller " or " gin " in the sign: " A (color ) Pedestrian ( a Göpel ) divided by ... " the cut edges can accept all coat of arms cuts, but are limited but on the straight and crinkle cut.
A superimposed on a pole pole pole pole is called or gusset, in the form of a fallen pile Göpel. The tiller arm ( fork) can with the sign foot, the Göpel be connected to the main shield, resulting Schildfußdeichsel and shield main Göpel arise with superimposed pile the Schildfußpfahldeichsel and the main shield pile Göpel.
If the tiller pile extra wide and the upper field between the arms in the same color, so a same color filled Ypsilon, one speaks of a fork piece, his fallen form is called Göpel piece.
As a common figure
The handle also acts as a common figure. Here, they must not touch the plate edge. In the shield (field) it resembles a floating Ypsilon, it must then be reported as pending. The width ranges from the pile (bar ) to the thread.
In many other languages, the drawbar (English pall, Spanish perla, French and port. pairle, Italian pergola ) as the main character, the capstan (English pall reversed, span. / Port. Perla / pairle invertida, frz. pairle inversé, Italian pergola rovesciata ) called its inverse.
In the South African flag there is a bar- wise ( horizontal ) bordierte drawbar.
" In the drawbar section shared by ermine, blue and red .. "
" Argent, a black tipped floating tiller. "
" Argent, a red forked piece. "