The two main devices (symbols) in the Abarle blazon are the falcon and flute. The main tincture (color) is or.
The bright yellow colour frequently found in coats of arms is known to heralds as Or, or sometimes simply as Gold.1. Along with, argent, or silver it forms the two “metals” of heraldry – one of the guidelines of heraldic design is that silver objects should not be placed upon gold fields and vice versa 2. The yellow colour is often associated with the Sun, and the zodiacal sign of Leo.3.
Birds of great variety occur throughout heraldry, at least in name 4. The falcon is a bird long associated with hunting and we need look no further than a liking for this pursuit for its presence on many early coats of arms. 5 We also find many of the accessories used in falconry depicted on arms, and a surprising number of terms from the art of falconry have found use in modern English idioms and the interested reader is recommended to search out the origins of the phrases hoodwinked and “cadging” a lift.
Music was as popular in the middle ages as it is today and musical instruments are frequently to be found in coats of arms 6. Sometimes these are a “play on words” such as the trumpets appearing for Trumpington 7, but sometimes just for the pleasure and ease of identification that these objects allow. The flute is an example of this.