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Blazons & Genealogy Notes

War Cry: Zdarzbóg! First notation: 1434 W polu złotym ręka zbrojna srebrna z mieczem, wychodząca w prawo z obłoku błękitnego. W klejnocie ręka zbrojna z mieczem.Labry błękitne, podbite złoto.

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

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Pogonia Coat of Arms Meaning

The three main devices (symbols) in the Pogonia blazon are the sword, arm in armour and cloud. The two main tinctures (colors) are or and azure.

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.

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.

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 6. Indeed, the sheer variety of different swords 7 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”.

The Arm appears frequently in the crest of a coat of arms, often armoured and described in some detail as to its appearance and attitude. 8 It can also appear on the shield itself as a charge. The arm itself is said to signify a “laboorious and industrious person” 9, whilst the arm in armour may denote “one fitted for performance of high enterprise” 10

It should come as no surprise that items from the natural world are frequently adopted for use in the coat of arms 11. Celestial objects and natural phenomena have been given simple, easily identified representations. The cloud Is typical of charges derived from natural objects, Wade suggests that it may represent “arduous difficulties oversome”. 12

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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: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 89
  • 7 A Glossary of Terms used in British Heraldry, J.H. Parker, Oxford, 1847, P302
  • 8 A Glossary of Terms used in British Heraldry, J.H. Parker, Oxford, 1894, Entry:arm
  • 9 The Symbolisms of Heraldry, W. Cecil Wade, George Redway, London, 1898 P92
  • 10 A Display of Heraldry, J. Guillim, Blome, London, 1679, P184
  • 11 A Complete Guide to Heraldry, A.C. Fox-Davies, Bonanza (re-print of 1909 Edition), New York, 1978, P294
  • 12 The Symbolisms of Heraldry, W. Cecil Wade, George Redway, London, 1898 P151
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