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Blazons & Genealogy Notes

First notation: XIV Cent. W polu czerwonym dwie klamry oblężnicze srebrne w krzyż ukośny. W klejnocie nad hełmem w koronie trzy pi"ra strusie.

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

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Klamry Coat of Arms Meaning

The main device (symbol) in the Klamry blazon is the clamp. The two main tinctures (colors) are gules and argent.

Red in heraldry is given the name Gules, sometimes said to be the “martyr’s colour”1. The colour is also associated with Mars, the red planet, and the zodiacal sign Aries 2. Later heralds of a more poetical nature would sometimes refer to the colour as ruby, after the precious stone.3.

Argent is the heraldic metal Silver and is usually shown as very pure white. It is also known more poetically as pearl, moon (or luna) 4. In a sketch or drawing it is represented by plain, unmarked paper 5.

It is important that a coat of arms be easily recognised and so everyday objects were frequently used as clearly identifiable charges – tools 6 being a common and important example of these, of which the clamp is typical. Some of these tools are rather obscure to modern eyes, who of us nowadays would recognise a hemp-break 7, let alone know what to use it for! Nevertheless, for mediaeval peasant it was a clearly identifiable symbol.

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References

  • 1 The Symbolisms of Heraldry, W. Cecil Wade, George Redway, London, 1898 P36
  • 2 Understanding Signs & Symbols – Heraldry, S. Oliver & G. Croton, Quantum, London, 2013, P53
  • 3 A Complete Guide to Heraldry, A.C. Fox-Davies, Bonanza (re-print of 1909 Edition), New York, 1978, P77
  • 4 Understanding Signs & Symbols – Heraldry, S. Oliver & G. Croton, Quantum, London, 2013, P53
  • 5 A Glossary of Terms used in British Heraldry, J.H. Parker, Oxford, 1847, P11
  • 6 Boutell’s Heraldry, J.P. Brooke-Little, Warne, (revised Edition) London 1970, P 69
  • 7 A Glossary of Terms used in British Heraldry, J.H. Parker, Oxford, 1847, P163