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Your mission is to find any interesting static manifestation of heraldry in the form of coat of arms - connected with aristocratic families (noble family coat of arms), burgher arms (used by famous commoners), church or knight orders, universities and towns or counties. The commercial and state (country) coat of arms are excluded from this category...
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Your mission is to find any interesting static manifestation of heraldry in the form of "coat of arms" - connected with aristocratic families (noble family coat of arms), burgher arms (used by famous commoners), church or knight orders, universities, guilds and towns...

Firstly, we have to explain term "Coat of Arms":

Coat of Arms is the principal part of a system of hereditary symbols dating back to early medieval Europe, used primarily to establish identity in battle. Arms evolved to denote family descent, adoption, alliance, property ownership, and, eventually, profession...

The origin of the term coat of arms is in the surcoat, the cloth tunic worn over armour to shield it from the sun’s rays. It repeated the bearer’s arms as they appeared on his banner or pennon and on his shield, and it was particularly useful to the heralds as they toured the battlefield identifying the dead. It also identified the knight in the social surroundings of the tournament. What today is popularly termed a "coat of arms" is properly an armorial or heraldic "achievement" and consists of a shield accompanied by a warrior’s helmet, the mantling which protects his neck from the sun (usually slashed fancifully to suggest having been worn in battle), the wreath which secures the mantling and crest to the helmet, and the crest itself (the term for the device above the helmet, not a synonym for the arms). Additions to the achievement may include badges, mottoes, supporters, and a crown or coronet.

The surface of the shield (or "escutcheon") is the field. This is divided into chief and base (top and bottom), sinister and dexter (left and right, from the viewpoint of the bearer of the shield, so that sinister is on the right of one facing the shield). Combinations of these terms, together with pale (the centre vertical third) and fess (the centre horizonal third), create a grid of nine points to locate the charges, or designs, placed upon the shield. The centre of the pale in chief is the honour point, the center of the pale in base is the nombril point, and the exact centre of the shield is the fess point.

The colouring of the shield and the charges it bears developed slowly. When heraldry was confined to display on flags, the tinctures (colours) were the metals or (gold, yellow) and argent (silver, white) and the colours gules (red) and azure (blue). Sable (black) was difficult in the early days because it was derived from an indigo dye that often faded enough to be confused with azure. Vert (green) was then uncommon because it required an expensive dye imported from Sinople (now Sinop, Turkey) on the Black Sea (in French heraldry vert is still termed sinople). Purpure (purple) was even less common, since it was derived from rare shellfish (murex). Later, when shields were routinely decorated with the designs borne on the flags, furs were added to the tinctures, initially those of ermine (from the winter stoat) and vair (from the squirrel). These furs had distinctive patterns that later would be coloured variously to produce such artificial furs as ermines, erminois, and pean. The squirrel’s fur, dark on the back and light on the belly, was cut up and assembled into many designs. The terminology is not consistent; while the term tinctures is usually applied to heraldic metals, colours, and furs, some writers restrict it to mean colours only; some use the term colours to mean metals, tinctures (colours), and furs, and others use colours to mean metals and tinctures but treat furs separately.

During the 17-19th centuries, the period known to armorists as "the Decadence", arms were embellished to record personal or family history, often in ways that ignored the traditions of heraldry’s origins. Arms were designed for organizations far removed from war—schools, universities, guilds, churches, fraternal societies, and even modern corporations—to symbolize the meanings of their mottoes or to hint at their histories. During the 20th century, however, there was a return to the classical simplicity of the early heraldic art, exemplified in the medieval rolls that were compiled when arms were slowly being organized into a disciplined system.

It is s long description taken from Encylopaedia Britannica, but for our purpose is maybe better following short wiki definition:

Coat of arms (...especially in European tradition) is a design belonging to a particular person (or group of people or community) and used by them in a wide variety of ways. Historically, they were used by knights to identify them apart from enemy soldiers. In Continental Europe, commoners were able to adopt burgher arms. Unlike seals and emblems, coats of arms have a formal description that is expressed as a blazon. In the 21st century, coats of arms are still in use by a variety of institutions and individuals (for example several universities have guidelines on how their coats of arms may be used and protect their use). The art of designing, displaying, describing and recording arms is called heraldry. The use of coats of arms by countries, states, provinces, towns and villages is called civic heraldry...

Your task for successful creation of the waymark is not so difficult: we will be pleased if you find any interesting static (non movable) example of "coat of arms" and in listing you will try to describe it and share with us some information about it's origin and importance... The special and deeper heraldic description (blazon) is optional for people, who are really interesting in this area, because it's substantially more difficult task.

We are not interesting in all "coat of arms" - for example state/country coat of arms you can find on countless governmental and official building - so this kind of symbol is excluded from this category. Also commercial coat of arms (companies, commercial organisations... etc.) are outside of our interest. Please, focus your "cameras and eyes" to coat of arms of aristocratic families (noble family coat of arms), burgher arms (used by famous commoners), church officials (bishops, abbots, archbishops... and their seats), church or knight orders, universities, counties / regions and towns... Finally, here is one exception from exception - you can post of state symbol of historic country, which is not existing from the start of WWII (1939); for example: Austro-Hungarian Empire, Russian Empire etc.

Important is also form of "coat of arm" - we are not interesting in printed stick on town bus or tram (...or poster with coat of arm at the wall). So, please focus your interest only to really static and permanent coat of arm manifestations...

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Instructions for Posting a Coats of Arms Waymark:
At least two own photos of the coat of arms (no GPSr please); one detailed and one with overal look with the structure where coat of arms is installed. Coordinates of the coat of arms. Additional information about the coat of arms (structure where it is installed, information about bearer, history of the coat of arms) will be a great addition...
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Logging requirements: Please upload your own personal photo of the coat of arms. You or your GPS can be in the picture, but it’s not a requirement.
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The coat of arms is above the entrance to city hall located at 171 Main Street.

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member T0SHEA

location: British Columbia, Canada

date approved: 1/9/2016

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