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Ordinaries & Accidentals

An 'ordinary' is one of a class of charges, typically a figure of simple geometric form, as seen here:

Ordinaries

Each of these designs can then be subject to any number of "accidentals":

Accidentals

The result of this can be seen in the examples below.

Examples