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Blazons & Genealogy Notes

(Anciens ducs de) - D'or à un rencontre de buffle de sable langué de gueules accorné et bouclé d'argent couronné de gueules Casque couronné Cimier cinq palissades d'azur d'azur d'or de gueules d'argent et de sable sommées d'une queue de paon au naturel et un rencontre de buffle pareil à celui de l'écu brochant sur cette queue de paonOr the head [only] of a buffalo affronty sable langued gules horned and buckled [nose ring] argent crowned gules Crowned with a helmet Crest: five palissades [timbers side by side, pointed at the top, like a fort] azure, [azure - repitition error?], or, gules , argent and sable surmounted by a peacock's tail proper and the head [only] of a buffalo similar to that of the shield covering over this peacock tail.

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

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Mecklembourg Coat of Arms Meaning

The main device (symbol) in the Mecklembourg blazon is the boar. The two main tinctures (colors) are or and sable.

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” 1. 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 2. In drawings without colour it is usually represented by many small dots, or by the letter ‘O’ 3.

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 4. 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 5. Although it may seem a sombre tone, and does indeed sometimes denote grief, it is more commonly said to represent Constancy 6.

In the middle ages, the wild boar, a far more fearsome creature than its domesticated relative, the pig was a much more commonly seen animal than today. It was also known as a sanglier. 7 It can appear in many of the same poses that we see for the lion, but has its own (easily imagined!) position known as enraged! 8 We should not be surprised then that this “fierce combatant” is said to be associated with the warrior. 9

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References

  • 1 The Symbolisms of Heraldry, W. Cecil Wade, George Redway, London, 1898 P35
  • 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, P76-77
  • 4 A Glossary of Terms used in British Heraldry, J.H. Parker, Oxford, 1894, Entry:Sable
  • 5 Boutell’s Heraldry, J.P. Brooke-Little, Warne, (revised Edition) London 1970, P 26
  • 6 The Symbolisms of Heraldry, W. Cecil Wade, George Redway, London, 1898 P35
  • 7 Boutell’s Heraldry, J.P. Brooke-Little, Warne, (revised Edition) London 1970, P 72
  • 8 A Glossary of Terms used in British Heraldry, J.H. Parker, Oxford, 1894, Entry:Boar
  • 9 The Symbolisms of Heraldry, W. Cecil Wade, George Redway, London, 1898 P67
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