Annulet, (fr. Anneau and Anelet, written sometimes in plural Anelettz or Anels:) a small ring, possibly derived from the links composing chain armour. It is of frequent occurrence as a charge, and generally more than one appear: the two annulets are often linked in fess, or embraced; or they may be conjunct. Three may in like manner be interlaced in triangle. When three rings are interlaced the expression gimbal rings is sometimes used, and when more, they form a chain, q.v.
The single annulet is likewise the difference, or mark of cadency, assigned to the fifth son.
Azure, three annulets argent, (of another branch or)--ANLETT.
Sir Nicholas de VEPOUND de or a vj aneus de gules--Roll, temp. ED. II.
Sire Johan de CROMWELLE de goules a vj aneus de or--Ibid.
Monsire de BARTON de Fryton port d'ermin, sur fes gules trois anneletts d'or--Roll, temp. ED. III.
Argent, two annulets linked together gules, between three crosses formy sable--THORNHAGH, Nottingham.
Argent, two annulets conjunct sable, within an orle of trefoils slipped vert--John ETON.
Ermine, three annulets interlaced in triangle gules--MANDERE.
Gules, six annulets embraced or, two, two and two--BRACER.
Gules, six annulets interlaced palewise in pairs, and a chief or--CLENCH.
Argent, nine annulets in saltire interlaced[chain], five gules and four azure--HATCHET.
Ermine, three annulets, one within another, gules--FYTTON.
(See also under roundles 'faux rondelets'.)