Friday, August 29, 2014

A Brief History of Heraldry

From Royal Central:
A typical coat of arms is made up of seven components. The shield is the central element in a coat of arms and bears the distinguishing elements or images of the House. The helm (or helmet) stands atop the shield and is used to indicate the rank of the bearer. The crest is a secondary hereditary device, used to distinguish the helm. The mantle is a flair of cloth, used to attract attention to the coat of arms, while a wreath covers the joint between the crest and the helm. (Read more.)

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