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1) Westphalie - D'argent à deux sceptres fleurdelisés de sable passés en sautoir Cimier les sceptres de l'écu (V Mecquenem)Argent two sceptres decorated with fleur-de-lys [at the ends?] sable in saltire Crest: the sceptres of the shield.
2) Prov. rhénanes - Coupé au 1 de sable à la fasce d'argent au 2 d'argent plein Cimier un buste de femme habillé de gueules les bras remplacés par des ailes aux armes de l'écuPer fess 1st sable a fess argent 2nd plain argent Crest: the bust of a woman dressed gules the arms replaced by wings with the arms of the shield.

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

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Meckenheim Coat of Arms Meaning

The main device (symbol) in the Meckenheim blazon is the sceptre. The two main tinctures (colors) are sable and argent.

Sable, the deep black so often found in Heraldry is believed to named from an animal of the marten family know in the middle ages as a Sabellinœ and noted for its very black fur 1A Glossary of Terms used in British Heraldry, J.H. Parker, Oxford, 1894, Entry:Sable. In engravings, when colors cannot be shown it is represented as closely spaced horizontal and vertical lines, and appropriately is thus the darkest form of hatching, as this method is known 2Boutell’s Heraldry, J.P. Brooke-Little, Warne, (revised Edition) London 1970, P 26. Although it may seem a sombre tone, and does indeed sometimes denote grief, it is more commonly said to represent Constancy 3The Symbolisms of Heraldry, W. Cecil Wade, George Redway, London, 1898 P35.

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) 4Understanding Signs & Symbols – Heraldry, S. Oliver & G. Croton, Quantum, London, 2013, P53. In a sketch or drawing it is represented by plain, unmarked paper 5A Glossary of Terms used in British Heraldry, J.H. Parker, Oxford, 1847, P11.

The Sceptre is to be regarded as the symbol of “Justice”, according to Wade, as it is held in this regard in general usage. 6The Symbolisms of Heraldry, W. Cecil Wade, George Redway, London, 1898 P94 It is not often found alone but is sometimes held by human charges or exists in conjunction with a sword, the two crossed in saltire. 7A Glossary of Terms used in British Heraldry, J.H. Parker, Oxford, 1894, Entry:Sceptre

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1. A Glossary of Terms used in British Heraldry, J.H. Parker, Oxford, 1894, Entry:Sable
2. Boutell’s Heraldry, J.P. Brooke-Little, Warne, (revised Edition) London 1970, P 26
3. The Symbolisms of Heraldry, W. Cecil Wade, George Redway, London, 1898 P35
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. The Symbolisms of Heraldry, W. Cecil Wade, George Redway, London, 1898 P94
7. A Glossary of Terms used in British Heraldry, J.H. Parker, Oxford, 1894, Entry:Sceptre