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Blazons & Genealogy Notes

First notation: 1793 ennoblement in Galizien W polu błękitnym, wieża srebrna ukoronowana zloto. W klejnocie nad hełmem w koronie pióra strusie złote między dwoma niebieskimi.

Origin, Meaning, Family History and Albrich Coat of Arms and Family Crest

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Albrich Coat of Arms Meaning

The two main devices (symbols) in the Albrich blazon are the tower and crown. The main tincture (color) is azure.

The bright, strong blue color in Heraldry is known in English as azure, and similarly in other European languages – azul in Spanish, azurro in Italian and azur in French. The word has its roots in the Arabic word lazura, also the source of the name of the precious stone lapis lazuli 1. Despite this, those heralds who liked to associate colours with jewels chose instead to describe blue as Sapphire. According to Wade, the use of this colour symbolises “Loyalty and Truth” 2.

Architectural items, from individual components to entire buildings 3 feature frequently as charges In a coat of arms. Not surprisingly, considering the times from which many arms date, fortifications are common. The tower Is a typical example of an object from the world of architecture adopted, albeit in a stylised form, for use in heraldry. It can be placed alone, or frequently with three turrets on the top, known as a tower triple towered, and can have doors and windows of a different colour. 4 In continental European heraldry they are often accompanied by pictorial effects such as armoured knights scaling them on ladders.

Crowns are frequently observed in Heraldry 5, but we should not make the mistake of assuming that these are always on Royal arms 6. Many of the orders of nobility across Europe were entitled to wear crowns and coronets, Dukes, Earls, Viscounts and Barons in England each had their own distinctive headwear 7. The crown is an example of this. It may also be the case that a crown is added to an existing coat of arms as an augmentation in recognition of some service to a King 8.

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References

  • 1 A Glossary of Terms used in British Heraldry, J.H. Parker, Oxford, 1894, Entry:Azure
  • 2 The Symbolisms of Heraldry, W. Cecil Wade, George Redway, London, 1898 P36
  • 3 Boutell’s Heraldry, J.P. Brooke-Little, Warne, (revised Edition) London 1970, P 92
  • 4 A Glossary of Terms used in British Heraldry, J.H. Parker, Oxford, 1894, Entry:Tower
  • 5 Understanding Signs & Symbols – Heraldry, S. Oliver & G. Croton, Quantum, London, 2013, P184
  • 6 The Symbolisms of Heraldry, W. Cecil Wade, George Redway, London, 1898 P138
  • 7 A Complete Guide to Heraldry, A.C. Fox-Davies, Bonanza (re-print of 1909 Edition), New York, 1978, P350
  • 8 Boutell’s Heraldry, J.P. Brooke-Little, Warne, (revised Edition) London 1970, P 187