Given the martial nature of the origins of Heraldry, in the identification of knights and men-at-arms it can come as no surprise that mediaeval weaponry of all types are frequently to be found in a coat of arms Boutell’s Heraldry, J.P. Brooke-Little, Warne, (revised Edition) London 1970, P 89. Indeed, the sheer variety of different swords A Glossary of Terms used in British Heraldry, J.H. Parker, Oxford, 1847, P302 can be bewildering. The scimitar, also known as the sabre has a broad, curved blade with curling hilt. A Glossary of Terms used in British Heraldry, J.H. Parker, Oxford, 1894, Entry:Sabre We need look little further than some military connection to explain the use of this device.