Blazons & Genealogy Notes
This coat of arms is listed among coats of arms granted by Poland’s last king, Stanisław August Poniatowski in 1790 to Daniel Skowroński. It is very likely that the original grant document is somewhere in Polish National Archives in Warsaw and there might be an original blazon in contemporary Polish and/or Latin. There may also be an original drawing from 1790. W polu czerwonym podkowa barkiem do dołu złota, z takimż półtorakrzyżem między ocelami. English: Gules a horseshoe, its toe downwards; inside of it a patriarchal cross without its dexter bottom branch, all Or.
Origin, Meaning, Family History and Skowronski Coat of Arms and Family Crest
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Skowronski Coat of Arms Meaning
The main device (symbol) in the Skowronski blazon is the horseshoe. The two main tinctures (colors) are gules and or.
The bold red colour on a heraldic shield is known as gules. It has a long history within heraldry, it is known that one of those who besieged the scottish castle of Carlaverock in 1300 was the French knight Euremions de la Brette who had as his arms a simple red shield.. The word gules is thought to come from the Arabic gule, or “red rose” . Later writers associated it with the precious stone ruby and the metal iron , perhaps because of the red glow of iron in the heat of the blacksmith’s forge.
The bright yellow colour frequently found in coats of arms is known to heralds as Or, or sometimes simply as Gold.. Along with, argent, or silver it forms the two “metals” of heraldry – one of the guidelines of heraldic design is that silver objects should not be placed upon gold fields and vice versa . The yellow colour is often associated with the Sun, and the zodiacal sign of Leo..
Although we expect to find fierce creatures and fearsome weapons depicted in a coat of arms this is not always the case – sometimes simple household objects are used . The horseshoe is a typical example of this. Sometimes these objects were chosen for the familiarity they would have for the obsever, helping them identify the owner. . In addition, the horseshoe, which is one the earliest symbols found in heraldry can be seen as a “safeguard against evil spirits” and may still be found nailed above doorways today.