Heraldry and Crests provides you with unique gifts to proudly display your family coat of arms and crests upon. We have a variety of heraldic coat of arms products rivaled by none. We make the family coat of arms and family crest on Mouse Pads, Coffee Mugs, Boat & Yard Flags, Double Coat of Arms Throws or Single Throws, Coat of Arms Golf Towels, and Key Chains. Display your family pride with these products in your home, office or dorm room. These unique gifts combine the ancient heraldic traditions with a modern twist. Imagine being able to display the Coat of Arms carried by your historical namesakes, faithfully reproduced as it appeared centuries ago! 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.