Bendy, (fr. bandé): said of a field or charge divided bendwise into an even number of equal parts; or, as it may be otherwise described, as a field bearing a series of diagonal stripes of alternate tinctures(and liable to the same variations of the edges as the bend), but so that there is an equal number of each. It stands to reason that if the same tincture appears in chief as in base, the shield must be blazoned as a field bearing so many bendlets. As a rule, the first tincture is named; but in the case of a metal and colour, though the latter is first in order, the metal is to be first named.
Monsire de MONTFORT port bende de X. peces d'or et d'azure--Roll, temp. ED. III.
Monsire de St.PHILIBERT port bende de VI. peces d'argent et d'asur--Roll, temp. EDW. III.
Bendy of six, champaine purple and argent--BOWBRIDGE.
Bendy wavy of six, argent and azure--PLATER, Suffolk.
Bendy sinister of eight, gules and argent--SCUBERSDORF, Bavaria.
Bendy sinister of ten, azure and or--Piers de MOUNTFORTH.
Bendy barry of eight, gules and or--HOLLAND.
Bendy barry argent and gules--CRISPIN, co. Lincoln.
Bendy paly, or Paly bendy. According to the late Mr.Wyatt Papworth(from whose MS. note-book these illustrations are taken) Paly bendy is the better term, since, although it is not known to occur, the same might have to be drawn Paly bendy sinister.
Bendy paly of eight? or and azure, a canton ermine--BUCK(Bart.), Linc.
Bendy paly or and azure--BUCK, Agecroft Hall, Manchester.
Bendy paly argent and gules--SYDENHAM.
Paly bendy gules and azure, martlets in orle or--HENDLEY.
Bendy lozengy or and gules--Isabel, daughter of Aylmer, Earl of ANGOULEME, and wife of King John.
Bendy lozengy, argent and sable--CROFTS, co. Lancaster.
Bendy lozengy(? paly) of eight, or and azure--BUCK, co. Lincoln.
Bendy lozengy barry, sable and or--IPRE.
Bendy lozengy barry or and sable--CANCELLOR.
Bendy lozengy(? paly), argent and azure--BAVARIA[Sandford's Genealogical History].
Bendy dexter and sinister would appear as in the margin, that is, the lines would produce squares, which would be similar to those of a field chequy, only placed diamond wise. They would differ from lozengy, q.v., which is more of a diamond shape, and fusilly, which is still narrower. An illustration is here given, but it is, we believe, a theoretical coat, and not one actually borne.
Bendy pily or pily bendy: divided into an even number of pieces by piles placed bendwise across the escutcheon. Although this seems to be referred to in several books on heraldry, no example has been found by way of illustration. The engravings here given, like the others illustrating the varieties of the fesse and bend in conjunction with other lines of partition, are from sketches by the late Mr.Wyatt Papworth.