SYMBOLISM OF HERALDIC COLORS, FURS, LINES & ORDINARIES or...
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For examples of the different positions for heraldic
|COLORS||Even the colors can have special meaning in a "family crest" or coat of arms:|
|Gold (Or)||Generosity and elevation of the mind|
|Silver or White (Argent)||Peace and sincerity|
|Red (Gules)||Warrior or martyr; Military strength and magnanimity|
|Blue (Azure)||Truth and loyalty|
|Green (Vert)||Hope, joy, and loyalty in love|
|Black (Sable)||Constancy or grief|
|Purple (Purpure)||Royal majesty, sovereignty, and justice|
|Orange (Tawny or Tenne)||Worthy ambition|
|Maroon (Sanguine or Murray)||Patient in battle, and yet victorious|
|FURS||The mere fact that a shield or crest contains furs suggests a mark of dignity. Usually the fur coat of the weasel is represented.|
|Ermine||White with black spots.|
|Erminois||Gold with black spots.|
|Ermines||Black with white spots.|
|Pean||Black with gold spots.|
|Vair||Blue and white bell-shaped objects.|
Heraldic Lines and Ordinaries:
|Nebuly Line||Clouds or air|
|Wavy Line||Sea or water|
|Engrailed Line||Earth or land|
|Invected Line||Earth or land|
|Raguly Line||Difficulties that have been encountered|
|Embattled Line||Walls of a fortress or town (also, fire)|
Not sure where to begin? Here are some basic guidelines to keep in mind.
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