The Coat of Arms Shield is an authentic hand painted representation of the symbols and emblems for your family coat of arms. These Hand Painted Family Heirlooms are produced by specially trained artists, expert in depicting the emblems of heraldry as they were first employed centuries ago. This proud tradition lives on in the vibrant colors and detailed images magnificently presented on rich wood backgrounds. Our heraldic artists hand paint each charge found in the Coat of Arms according to centuries old tradition. These hand drawn images have been assembled in the world's largest database of Heraldic images, and hand painted for your own Coat of Arms Shield. All of Heraldry and Crest's heraldic products are custom made and personalized to be a worthy reflection of your family name. The coat of arms, which originated in Europe, is also often referred to as armorial bearings, armorial devices or heraldic devices. The coat of arms, which was utilized initially by knights as a way of identifying themselves and setting themselves apart from soldier-enemies, could belong to a group of people or even a specific person. Also referred to as a family crest, a family coat of arms is essentially a graphic display of your family's name. This tradition, which goes back nearly 800 years, symbolizes the history of a family name. A family crest plaque or coat of arms may be unique to not only a family, but a person, corporation or state as well. Coats of arms belong to the tradition of heraldry, which refers to the design and display of the arms. When towns, countries or villages use coats of arms, it is called civic heraldry. A traditional coat of arms usually includes a patterned shield that is decorated with a crest, a helmet, a motto, a crown, a wreath and a mantling. A coat of arms may be used by a school, college, church, guild, corporation or families to reflect their origins.