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Mecklenburg Coat of Arms Meaning

The main device (symbol) in the Mecklenburg 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” 1The Symbolisms of Heraldry, W. Cecil Wade, George Redway, London, 1898 P35. 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 2Understanding Signs & Symbols – Heraldry, S. Oliver & G. Croton, Quantum, London, 2013, P53. In drawings without colour it is usually represented by many small dots, or by the letter ‘O’ 3A Complete Guide to Heraldry, A.C. Fox-Davies, Bonanza (re-print of 1909 Edition), New York, 1978, P76-77.

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 4A 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 5Boutell’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 6The Symbolisms of Heraldry, W. Cecil Wade, George Redway, London, 1898 P35.

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. 7Boutell’s Heraldry, J.P. Brooke-Little, Warne, (revised Edition) London 1970, P 72 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! 8A Glossary of Terms used in British Heraldry, J.H. Parker, Oxford, 1894, Entry:Boar We should not be surprised then that this “fierce combatant” is said to be associated with the warrior. 9The Symbolisms of Heraldry, W. Cecil Wade, George Redway, London, 1898 P67

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1) Prusse (An., 16 juin 1871) - Coupé de gueules sur or à un rencontre de buffle de sable accorné et bouclé d'argent couronné d'or langué de gueules brochant sur le coupé Cimier deux guidons coupés d'azur sur or les lances passées en sautoir à la Croix de fer brochant sur le point d'intersection des lances le tout entre deux proboscides coupées de gueules sur or Lambrequin à dextre d'or et de sable à senestre d'or et d'azurPer fess gules over or, the head [only] affronty of a buffalo sable horned and buckled [nose ring] argent crowned or langued gules covering over the partition Crest: two flags per fess azure over or the lances [flagpoles] in saltire with an iron cross covering over the point of intersection of the lances all between two proboscides per fess gules over or Mantling: to the dexter or and sable to the sinister or and azure.
2) Poméranie, Mecklembourg - (Inc. dans la nob. de Mecklembourg, 1742; barons prussiens, 20 août 1865; barons suédois, 13 juillet 1866) D'or à un rencontre de buffle de sable accorné et bouclé d'argent couronné de gueules Casque couronné Cimier cinq palissades 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 la queue Lambrequin d'or et de sable Supports deux taureaux de sable accornés d'argentOr the head [only] of a buffalo affronty sable 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, 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 the tail Mantling: or and sable Supporters: two bulls sable horned argent.
3) Mecklembourg - Parti au 1 d'or à un demi-rencontre de boeuf de sable couronné d'or mouvant du parti au 2 d'argent à la fasce de gueules Casque couronné Cimier une queue de paon au naturel Lambrequin de sable de gueules et d'orPer pale 1st or a demi-head of an ox affronty sable crowned or coming frm the partition 2nd argent a fess gules Crowned with a helmet Crest: the tail of a peacock proper Mantling: sable, gules and or.
4) de Kleeburg - Mecklembourg Parti au 1 de gueules à un senestrochère de carnation paré d'or sortant d'une nuée d'argent mouvant du parti la main de carnation tenant une bague d'or au 2 d'or à sept trèfles de sinople 1 2 et 1 Casque couronné Cimier un trèfle de sinople entre un vol de sable Lambrequin d'or et de gueulesPer pale 1st gules a left arm carnation dressed or coming out of a cloud argent itself coming from the partition holding a ring or 2 or seven trefoils vert [1,2 and 1 - error in the OCR, should be:] 1,2,1,2,1 Crowned with a helmet Crest: a trefoil vert between a pair of wings sable Mantling: or and gules.

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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