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Blazons & Genealogy Notes

First notation: Medieval W polu czerwonym dwa miecze o głowniach srebrnych i rękojeściach złotych, na opak, skrzyżowane. Klejnot: Trzy pióra strusie. Labry: Czerwone, podbite srebrem.

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

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Pielesz Coat of Arms Meaning

The main device (symbol) in the Pielesz blazon is the sword. The main tincture (color) is gules.

Red in heraldry is given the name Gules, sometimes said to be the “martyr’s colour”1. The colour is also associated with Mars, the red planet, and the zodiacal sign Aries 2. Later heralds of a more poetical nature would sometimes refer to the colour as ruby, after the precious stone.3.

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 4. Indeed, the sheer variety of different swords 5 can be bewildering and expaining the difference between a scimitar and a falchion is perhaps best left to the expert! If a charge is described just as a simple sword then it will have a straight blade and cross handle, that may be of a different colour, and, unless specified, points upwards. Wade, quoting the earlier writer Guillim, signifies the use of the sword as representing “Government and Justice”.

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References

  • 1 The Symbolisms of Heraldry, W. Cecil Wade, George Redway, London, 1898 P36
  • 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, P77
  • 4 Boutell’s Heraldry, J.P. Brooke-Little, Warne, (revised Edition) London 1970, P 89
  • 5 A Glossary of Terms used in British Heraldry, J.H. Parker, Oxford, 1847, P302