Dancetté or dancetty, and sometimes dantelly, (fr. denché): a zigzag line of partition, differing from indented only in the indentations, being larger in size, and consequently fewer in number.
Dancetty per long is a term said to be used by some heralds to signify that the indentations are very deep; so deep as to be equivalent to pily. The terms dauncet and dauncelet are used evidently for a fesse dancetté, and there are various contractions found in the rolls, e.g. daunce, daunze, dans, &c. The fesse dancetté and the division called per fesse dancetté have but three indentations, unless particularly described otherwise.
Or, a fesse dancetté sable--VAVASOUR, Yorkshire.
Gules, four bars dancetty argent--TOTTENHAM.
Gules, a fesse dancetty in the upper part or--THORELYS.
Monsire John de STONOR, port d'azur une dauncelet d'or une chief d'or--Roll, temp. ED. III.
Azure, two bars dancetty or, a chief argent--Rt. Hon. Thomas STONOR, Baron Camoys. [The arms are painted as in the margin, in windows of Watlington and Pirton churches; also on the tomb ascribed to Sir John de Stonor Dorchester church.]
Sire Richard LOVEDAY, de azure, a iij daunces de or--Roll, temp. ED. II.
Sire William DEYNCOURT, de argent, billette de sable e un daunce de sable--Ibid.
Sire Edmon de KENDALE de argent a une bende daunce de vert, et ij coties daunce de goules--Ibid.
Argent, a fesse dancetty with a cross formy issuing in chief gules--arms ascribed to Reginald FITZ-JOCELYN, Bp. of Bath and Wells, 1191.
Sire Johan de la RIVIERE, de azure a ij daunces de or--Roll, temp. ED. II.
John DEYNCOURT, azure, ung danse et billety d'or--Roll, temp. HEN. III.
Sir Roger le BRED, de goules besaunte de or e un daunce de or--Roll, temp. ED. II.
The term downset seems a barbarism for dauncet, and as applied to a bend signifies fracted, or broken. In a grammar of Glossary of Heraldry, Harl. MS., No. 1441, fol. 97, the figure of a bend is drawn as in the margin. A figure of a double downset has already been given under bend.
Per pale argent and azure, a bend downset counterchanged--ZORKE, Cotton MS. Tiberius D, 10, fol. 672.
Azure, crusilly argent, a fesse double downset ermine--MOIGNE, co. Leicester.