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Kummerer Coat of Arms Meaning

The two main devices (symbols) in the Kummerer blazon are the hillock and bars. The two main tinctures (colors) are vert and gules.

The deep green colour that is so often observed in heraldry is more properly known as vert. According to Wade, the use of this colour signifies “Hope and Joy”, but may also represent, rather delightfully, “Loyalty in Love” 1. It has other names also, the French call it sinople, perhaps after a town in Asia Minor from where the best green die materials could be found 2. More fanciful heralds liked to associate it with the planet venus and the precious stone emerald 3. More strangely, there is some evidence that the term prasin was anciently used, being the Greek for the vegetable we call the Leek!

Red in heraldry is given the name Gules, sometimes said to be the “martyr’s colour”4. The colour is also associated with Mars, the red planet, and the zodiacal sign Aries 5. Later heralds of a more poetical nature would sometimes refer to the colour as ruby, after the precious stone.6.

The mount (also known as a hillock 7) is the area at the base of the shield and when so described is almost always green, and somewhere that another charge is placed, to appear more realistic, or give it a specific relationship to other charges around it. 8 Indeed, unlike like most of the flat, geometric shapes used to divide the field of the shield, the mount may be drawn with tufts of grass and a distinct slope!This is especially likely if the mount is described by its alternative name of hillock

The bar is a thin, horizontal stripe across the centre of the shield 9, usually in groups of two or three (any more and there would be confusion with barry, a treatment of horizontal lines of alternating colours). Bars can be a distinctive and easily recognised device, early examples include those awarded by Henry III of England to the family MAUDYT Argent, two bars gules.

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

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Blazons & Genealogy Notes

( de Kummersperg). Autriche – (Chevaliers, 25 juin 1773). Écartelé aux 1 et 4 d’argent à un mont de six coupeaux de sinople mouvant de la pointe aux 2 et 3 de gueules à deux fasces d’argent Deux casques couronnés Cimiers 1° un lion issant et contourné d’or tenant de sa patte senestre une épée d’argent garnie d’or 2° le mont entre deux proboscides aux armes du 2 Lambrequin d’argent et de gueules. English: Quarterly 1st & 4th argent a mount of six hillocks (a.k.a montjoie, sorry can’t find an image) coming from the base 2nd & 3rd gules two bars argent Crowned with two helmets Crest: 1st a lion issuant and reversed or holding in its sinister paw a sword argent hilt and pommell or 2nd the mount between two proboscides with the arms of the 2nd Mantling: argent and gules.

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References

  • 1 The Symbolisms of Heraldry, W. Cecil Wade, George Redway, London, 1898 P36
  • 2 A Glossary of Terms used in British Heraldry, J.H. Parker, Oxford, 1894, Entry:Vert
  • 3 Boutell’s Heraldry, J.P. Brooke-Little, Warne, (revised Edition) London 1970, P 27
  • 4 The Symbolisms of Heraldry, W. Cecil Wade, George Redway, London, 1898 P36
  • 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, P77
  • 7 Boutell’s Heraldry, J.P. Brooke-Little, Warne, (revised Edition) London 1970, P 324
  • 8 A Glossary of Terms used in British Heraldry, J.H. Parker, Oxford, 1894, Entry:Mount
  • 9 A Glossary of Terms used in British Heraldry, J.H. Parker, Oxford, 1894, Entry:Bar