Blazons & Genealogy Notes

First notation: 1775 ennoblement W polu srebrnym łabędź, pod którym z prawej strony kotwica naturalna ukośnie w prawo zwrócona, z lewej zaś strony pod tymże łabędziem łuk złoty z trzema grotami także w prawo ukośnie zwrócony. Nad hełmem w koronie trzy pióra strusie. Labry barwy nieznanej.

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

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Oszyk Coat of Arms Meaning

The three main devices (symbols) in the Oszyk blazon are the bow, anchor and swan. The main tincture (color) is argent.

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) 1. In a sketch or drawing it is represented by plain, unmarked paper 2.

Given the martial nature of the origins of Heraldry, in the identification of knights and men-at-arms it can come as no surprise that mediaeval weaponry of all types are frequently to be found in a coat of arms 3. The bow is an important symbol in heraldry, borne with pride on many a coat of arms. In addition to its military associations it may also be a reference to Diana the huntress. 4

A wide variety of inanimate objects 5 appear in coats of arms, so of them still recognisable today, others now rather obscure. The images used are often simplified and stylised, the anchor is a typical case. For any meaning, we need look no further than a nautical or sea-faring heritage. Indeed, some arms go into great detail of the colours and arrangement of the stock, stem, cables and flutes of the anchor reflecting a detailed knowledge of the form and use of this device. 6.

Wade suggests that the appearance of a swan in a coat of arms is perhaps an indication of a musical person, or a “ lover of poetry and harmony”. 7 It is generally shown in a lifelike aspect and colouring, although it may be leaked and legged with other colours. 8. It is a popular charge, both on the shield itself and impress, sometimes sitting and sometimes rising as if about to take off in flight. 9

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References

  • 1 Understanding Signs & Symbols – Heraldry, S. Oliver & G. Croton, Quantum, London, 2013, P53
  • 2 A Glossary of Terms used in British Heraldry, J.H. Parker, Oxford, 1847, P11
  • 3 Boutell’s Heraldry, J.P. Brooke-Little, Warne, (revised Edition) London 1970, P 89
  • 4 The Symbolisms of Heraldry, W. Cecil Wade, George Redway, London, 1898 P107
  • 5 A Complete Guide to Heraldry, A.C. Fox-Davies, Bonanza (re-print of 1909 Edition), New York, 1978, P281
  • 6 A Glossary of Terms used in British Heraldry, J.H. Parker, Oxford, 1894, Entry:anchor
  • 7 The Symbolisms of Heraldry, W. Cecil Wade, George Redway, London, 1898 P78
  • 8 A Glossary of Terms used in British Heraldry, J.H. Parker, Oxford, 1894, Entry:Swan
  • 9 A Complete Guide to Heraldry, A.C. Fox-Davies, Bonanza (re-print of 1909 Edition), New York, 1978, P245