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Blazons & Genealogy Notes

de Balgheim - Allemagne - Écartelé aux 1 et 4 coupé d'or sur azur aux 2 et 3 coupé a d'azur à deux fleurs-de-lis d'argent fichées dans un tertre de gueules b d'or plein Cimier un buste d'homme posé de profil habillé d'un parti d'or et d'azur boutonné d'or coiffé d'un chapeau d'azur retroussé d'or Lambrequin d'or et d'azurQuarterly 1st & 4th per fess or over azure 2nd & 3rd per fess a) azure two fleur-de-lys argent stickinh in a hillock gules b) plain or Crest: the bust of a woman in profile dressed per pale or and azure buttons or wearing a hat azure with brim or Mantling: or and azure.

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

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Mecker Coat of Arms Meaning

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

The bright yellow colour frequently found in coats of arms is known to heralds as Or, or sometimes simply as Gold.1. 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 2. The yellow colour is often associated with the Sun, and the zodiacal sign of Leo.3.

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 4. 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” 5.

The mount (also known as a hillock 6) 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. 7 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

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  • 1 Boutell’s Heraldry, J.P. Brooke-Little, Warne, (revised Edition) London 1970, P 27
  • 2 A Complete Guide to Heraldry, A.C. Fox-Davies, Bonanza (re-print of 1909 Edition), New York, 1978, P85
  • 3 Understanding Signs & Symbols – Heraldry, S. Oliver & G. Croton, Quantum, London, 2013, P53
  • 4 A Glossary of Terms used in British Heraldry, J.H. Parker, Oxford, 1894, Entry:Azure
  • 5 The Symbolisms of Heraldry, W. Cecil Wade, George Redway, London, 1898 P36
  • 6 Boutell’s Heraldry, J.P. Brooke-Little, Warne, (revised Edition) London 1970, P 324
  • 7 A Glossary of Terms used in British Heraldry, J.H. Parker, Oxford, 1894, Entry:Mount