Coat of arms: can a charge be placed over a variation of the field?

What is a charge on a coat of arms?

In heraldry, a charge is any emblem or device occupying the field of an escutcheon (shield). That may be a geometric design (sometimes called an ordinary) or a symbolic representation of a person, animal, plant, object, building, or other device.

How do you split a coat of arms?

In heraldry, the field (background) of a shield can be divided into more than one area, or subdivision, of different tinctures, usually following the lines of one of the ordinaries and carrying its name (e.g. a shield divided in the shape of a chevron is said to be parted “per chevron”).

What are the basic rules of heraldry?

Rules of heraldry

  • Each coat of arms should be unique.
  • The arms should be distinguishable at a distance, so the majority of components should be large, simple and composed of a very few tinctures (colours)
  • The main charge (design on the shield) should cover its field (the whole of the space available on the shield)

What are the parts of a coat of arms?

Formally known as an achievement, armorial achievement, or heraldic achievement, what is commonly referred to as a “coat of arms” consists of several parts: the shield, the mantling, the helm, the wreath, charges, and the crest (note that not all arms have crests).

Who can have a coat of arms?

Coats of arms belong to individuals. For any person to have a right to a coat of arms they must either have had it granted to them or be descended in the legitimate male line from a person to whom arms were granted or confirmed in the past.

How do you pick a coat of arms?

If possible, design your arms in the style of your ethnic background. This will require you to research that country’s heraldic style. Don’t use symbols that have particular meaning in heraldry, such as crowns, coronets and supporters.

What do symbols on coat of arms mean?

Colours and symbol meanings

Gold (or): generosity and elevation of the mind. Silver or white (argent): peace and sincerity. Red: warrior or martyr; military strength and magnanimity. Blue: truth and loyalty. Green: hope, joy, and loyalty in love.

How do you quarter a coat of arms?

Quartering in is a method of joining several different coats of arms together in one shield by dividing the shield into equal parts and placing different coats of arms in each division.

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