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Blazons & Genealogy Notes

1) Prusse - (An., 12 nov. 1786) D'argent à l'aigle de sable becquée membrée et sommée d'une couronne royale d'or tenant un sceptre et une épée accostée de deux rameaux de laurier de sinople les pieds passés en sautoir et liés d'un ruban de gueules à la bordure d'azur ch de dix étoiles d'or en orle L'écu bordé d'or Casque couronné Cimier un oeil triangulaire d'or rayonnant du même entre un vol de l'aigle de Prusse Lambrequin d'argent et d'azur. English: Argent an eagle sable beaked, legged and surmounted by Royal Crown all or holding a sceptre and a sword surrounded by two laurel branches vert the stems in saltire and tied with a ribbon gules a bordure azure charged with ten etoiles or in orle the shield fimbriated or (a narrow edge within the bordure) Crowned with a helmet Crest: a triangular eye or surrounded by rays of the same (see Wikipedia “Eye of Providence”) between a pair of wings of the eagle of Prussia (i.e. sable the wings charged with a semi-circle ending with a trefoil - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Coat_of_arms_of_Prussia#/media/File:Wappen_Preußen.png) Mantling: argent and azure.
2) Prusse - (An., 10 oct. 1837) D'azur à la fasce de gueules acc en chef d'un croissant surmonté d'une étoile et en pointe de deux étoiles accostées le tout d'or Casque couronné Cimier un bras armé d'argent la main de carnation tenant une palme de sinople le tout accosté de deux autres palmes de sinople Lambrequin d'or et d'azur. English: Azure a fesse gules surrounded by in chief a crescent surmounted by an etoile and in base by two etoiles side by side all or Crowned with a helmet Crest: an armoured arm argent the hand carnation holding a palme leaf vert all between two other palm leaves vert Mantling: or and azure.

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

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Kummer Coat of Arms Meaning

The two main devices (symbols) in the Kummer blazon are the eagle and estoile. The three main tinctures (colors) are azure, gules 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.

Gules, the heraldic colour red is very popular, sometimes said to represent “Military Fortitude and Magnanimity”3. It is usually abbreviated as gu and in the days before colour printing was shown in a system known as hatching by vertical lines 4. Although it may look like a French word it is normally pronounced with a hard “g” and may be derived either from the Latin gula (throat) or Arabic gule (rose).5

Or is the heraldic metal Gold, often shown as a bold, bright yellow colour. It is said to show “Generosity and elevation of the mind” 6. Later heralds, of a more poetic nature liked to refer to it as Topaz, after the gemstone, and, for obvious reasons associated it with the Sun 7. In drawings without colour it is usually represented by many small dots, or by the letter ‘O’ 8.

Where the lion is undisputed king of the animals, the eagle undoubtedly plays the same role in the realm of the birds, its use in this form dating back to at least the Roman period 9. They tend to be illustrated in quite some detail, especially in continental European arms, and have almost as wide variety of postures and accessories as the lion, well illustrated in the reference 10 as well as being just the eagle’s head or eagle’s leg. The symbology of the eagle is deep and complex, Wade devotes several pages to the subject 11, but suffice it say that it has long been associated with Empire and those held in high honour – any armiger would be pleased to have any form of Eagle upon their arms!

There were of course many widely recognised symbols that existed long before the advent of heraldry and it should be no surprise that some of these were adopted as charge in coats of arms 12. The estoile is a typical example, reflecting the stars in the sky and represented with six wavy points, often with a little shading to give it some depth. 13. The ancient writer Guillim assigns these symbols as the emblems of God’s goodness”. 14

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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 The Symbolisms of Heraldry, W. Cecil Wade, George Redway, London, 1898 P36
  • 4 Understanding Signs & Symbols – Heraldry, S. Oliver & G. Croton, Quantum, London, 2013, P52
  • 5 A Glossary of Terms used in British Heraldry, J.H. Parker, Oxford, 1847, P154
  • 6 The Symbolisms of Heraldry, W. Cecil Wade, George Redway, London, 1898 P35
  • 7 Understanding Signs & Symbols – Heraldry, S. Oliver & G. Croton, Quantum, London, 2013, P53
  • 8 A Complete Guide to Heraldry, A.C. Fox-Davies, Bonanza (re-print of 1909 Edition), New York, 1978, P76-77
  • 9 A Glossary of Terms used in British Heraldry, J.H. Parker, Oxford, 1894, Entry:Eagle
  • 10 A Complete Guide to Heraldry, A.C. Fox-Davies, Bonanza (re-print of 1909 Edition), New York, 1978, P235-238
  • 11 The Symbolisms of Heraldry, W. Cecil Wade, George Redway, London, 1898 P72-74
  • 12 A Complete Guide to Heraldry, A.C. Fox-Davies, Bonanza (re-print of 1909 Edition), New York, 1978, P301
  • 13 A Glossary of Terms used in British Heraldry, J.H. Parker, Oxford, 1894, Entry:Estoile
  • 14 A Display of Heraldry, J. Guillim, Blome, London, 1679, P77
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