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Heraldic Symbolism the Metals Colors Furs Lines & Ordinaries

 

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Metals & Colors

Gold/Or

Symbolizes the Sun, Power & Splendor

 

 

Silver/Argent

Symbolizes the Moon, Peace & Sincerity


 

Black/Sable

Symbolizes Saturn, Constancy & sometimes Grief

 

 Blue/Azure

Symbolizes Venus, Truth & Loyalty

 

 

 

Brown/Maroon

Symbolizes Patience in Battle

 

 

Green/Vert

Symbolizes Mercury, Hope & Joy

 

 

 Purple/Purpure

Denotes Royalty & Majesty

 

 

 

Orange./Tawney

Symbolizes Worthy Ambition & Work

 

 

 

 

Red/Gules

Symbolizes Mars, Military Fortitude

 

 

 

 

 

 Furs denote Nobility and Royalty

 

Ermine

White Fur Black Spots

 

Ermines

Black field with White spots

 

Erminois

Black sports on a Gold field

 

Pean

Gold spots on a Black field

 

 Vair

Blue and White fur Bell shaped

 

 

 

 Lines

 

Ordinaries

Bend

Military Shoulder Belt

Bend Sinister

Mark of Illegitimacy

Border

Difference between relatives bearing same arms

 Chevron

 Protection & Defense

 

Chief

Dominion & Authority

Cross

Christian Faith

Fess

Military Waist Belt

 Gyronny

Symbol of Unity

 

 

Pale

Military Strength and Fortitude

Pile

Military Engineer

Quarter

Bearing of Honor

 Saltire

Cross of St. Andrews