||It should be noted that the Archangel is no doubt the Peak
Crested variety of the Dark Bronze Black Winged Gimpel. For sake of clarity
and reference, owing to it's great popularity in the United States the following
standard of perfection should be used as a judging guideline. The name Archangel
was given to this Gimpel variety by the British. It is a lustrous, upright,
slim and racy type of pigeon.
HEAD: Lightly curved, longish and narrow with a fairly flat frontal. The
crest develops from the back of the shoulders and runs up to the apex, and
here developing into a sharp conical point upon the head. The feathers from
both sides of the shoulders converge together into a ridge or niche which
runs up the back of the neck to form the crest.
EYES: Very vivid, the iris is dark orange in color and is surrounded by a
very slightly developed cere which is light pink to flesh in coloration.
BEAK: Long thin and straight, the upper beak being slightly curved at the
tip. The color of the beak is light horn which becomes darker close to the
NECK: Fairly long and comparatively thin. The throat is well rounded out.
|BREAST: Moderately wide and slightly pronounced.
BACK: Sloping down and blending well into the tail.
WINGS: Moderately long, tightly closed and lying nicely upon the tail without
crossing. The tips should not extend to the end of the tail.
TAIL: Long and narrow, tightly closed, being slightly longer than the flights.
The tail must not be carried too low as to touch the ground. LEGS AND FEET:
Clean and un-feathered, fairly strong, red in color.
COLOR AND MARKINGS:
The ground color tends to vary somewhat, from a sandy bronze to a dark copper.
The ideal color being approximately mid-way between the two a bright copper
bronze. This ground color extends from the head, down the neck and the breast
and through to the ventral feathers and under tail coverts. The remaining
plumage, the back, tail and wings are black in color. When the wing is opened
there should be displayed a rich chestnut color across the inner webbing.
The most significant feature of the Archangel
is the abundance of metallic luster over the plumage, thus rendering colorful
parts of the plumage that would otherwise appear to be dull. Upon the copper
bronze ground color the luster should be as bright a pink as possible, the
brighter the pink on the under carriage, however, the more likely the pigeon
is to be faulty in the neck hackle, where a green streakiness is inclined
to appear. A slight green luster under the cheeks, particularly in hens is
not to be confused with green hackle lustering, as it is nowhere is bad a
fault. In the brightest types some pinkness may be observed on the back,
this by no means a fault, and, unless it develops into a wide bronze bar
across the center of the back, it should not be a reason for penalizing.
The black plumage should have a beetle green luster that glistens, and which
should be unbroken down the back and appear in broad bands upon the tail
FAULTS: Green hackle luster, purple back luster, bronze back, checkered back,
faulty luster or plumage color, poor peak crest.
ORDER OF JUDGING:
1. General impression. 2. Color with particular reference to luster. 3. Peak
Crest 4. Body shape. 5. eye and beak coloration.