arm in armour

The Arm appears frequently in the crest of a coat of arms, often armoured and described in some detail as to its appearance and attitude. A Glossary of Terms used in British Heraldry, J.H. Parker, Oxford, 1894, Entry:arm It can also appear on the shield itself as a charge. The arm itself is said to signify a “laboorious and industrious person” The Symbolisms of Heraldry, W. Cecil Wade, George Redway, London, 1898 P92, whilst the arm in armour may denote “one fitted for performance of high enterprise” A Display of Heraldry, J. Guillim, Blome, London, 1679, P184