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Blazons & Genealogy Notes

Bavière - (Barons du St.-Empire, 23 avril 1700) D'azur à une rose d'or Cimier un bonnet de gueules retroussé d'hermine supportant cinq roseaux de sable Lambrequin d'argent et de gueules ou d'or et d'azur. English: Azure a rose or Crest: a (woollen) cap gules brim ermine supporting five reeds sable Mantling: argent and gules, alternatively or and azure.
(Comtes) - Allemagne Écartelé aux 1 et 4 d'or à l'aigle de sable couronnée d'or celle du 1 contournée aux 2 et 3 d'azur à la bande aussi d'azur ch de trois pals de gueules Sur le tout d'azur à une étoile d'or soutenue d'un tertre de trois coupeaux de sinople. English: Quarterly 1st & 4th an eagle sable crowned or that in the 1st quarter reversed 2nd & 3rd azure a bend also azure (i.e. outlined with a thin black border) charged with three palets gules over the whole shield an escutcheon azure an etoile or above a hillock of three peaks vert.

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

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Guttenberg Coat of Arms Meaning

The main device (symbol) in the Guttenberg blazon is the rose. The two main tinctures (colors) are azure and or.

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.

The bright yellow colour frequently found in coats of arms is known to heralds as Or, or sometimes simply as Gold.3. 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 4. The yellow colour is often associated with the Sun, and the zodiacal sign of Leo.5.

Natural objects abound in heraldry, and one category that gives especial delight are the many flowers and flowering plants that frequently occur 6. The rose is also of this type, being drawn, at least a little, realistically and often to very pleasing effect. It has long been present in English heraldry, and as a badge and symbol played an enormous in English history throughout the conflict between rival dynasties known as the War of the Roses. In addition to these familial uses, Wade suggests that red roses signify “beauty and grace” and the white represents “love and faith”. 7

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  • 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 27
  • 4 A Complete Guide to Heraldry, A.C. Fox-Davies, Bonanza (re-print of 1909 Edition), New York, 1978, P85
  • 5 Understanding Signs & Symbols – Heraldry, S. Oliver & G. Croton, Quantum, London, 2013, P53
  • 6 A Complete Guide to Heraldry, A.C. Fox-Davies, Bonanza (re-print of 1909 Edition), New York, 1978, P262
  • 7 The Symbolisms of Heraldry, W. Cecil Wade, George Redway, London, 1898 P132-133