Blazons & Genealogy Notes
(Barons) – Autriche Écartelé aux 1 et 4 d’azur à un annelet d’or acc de trois anilles de sable aux 2 et 3 d’or à l’aigle de sable couronnée d’or celle du 3 contournée Sur le tout d’argent au lion d’or couronné du même Trois casques couronnés Cimiers 1° le lion du surtout issant et contourné 2° un buste de More tortillé d’argent habillé d’azur ceint d’or au rabat du même entre un vol coupé alternativement d’or et de sable chaque aile ch d’un écusson aux armes du 1 3° l’aigle du 2 Lambrequin d’or de sable et d’azur. English: Quarterly, 1st and 4th Azure an annulet Or between three millrinds Sable; 2nd and 3rd Or an eagle displayed sable crowned or, that in the 3rd quarter contourny; overall an inescutcheon Argent a lion crowned Or. Three crowned helms. Crests: 1st a lion issuant as in the inescutcheon (i.e. a demi-lion crowned Or), 2nd the bust of a Moor wreathed about the head argent, vested Azure, belt and collar Or, between the wings of a vol per fess alternately Or and Sable, each wing charged with a shield of the arms from the 1st quarter; 3rd the eagle from the 2nd quarter. Mantling Or, Sable, and Azure.
Origin, Meaning, Family History and Werth Coat of Arms and Family Crest
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Werth Coat of Arms Meaning
The four main devices (symbols) in the Werth blazon are the millrind, lion rampant, eagle and annulet. 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” . 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 . In drawings without colour it is usually represented by many small dots, or by the letter ‘O’ .
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 . 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” .
The mill-rind, also known by a rather surprising number of names (fer-de-moline, inkmoline, mill-ink amongst others) is a distinctive symbol, but hard to place by modern viewers. It is a square or diamond shape with arms extending above and below and in fact represents the piece of iron that connects a circular timber axle to a mill-stone, used for grinding corn. These would obviously have been more familiar to those of the middle ages than they are today.
There can be no animal more clearly associated with Heraldry than the lion, majestic King of the Beasts. Originally it appeared only in one pose, erect, on one paw, with the others raised but such was the popularity of this figure, and the need to distinguish arms from each other, that it soon came to be shown in an enormous range of forms . The lion rampant is an example of these modified form, and any family would be proud to have such a noble creature displayed on their arms. Rampant is the default attitude of the lion, raised on its hind legs, facing to the dexter and with front paws extended in a fearsome and powerful pose.
Where the lion is undisputed king of the animals, the eagle undoubtedly plays the same role in the realm of the birds, its use in this form dating back to at least the Roman period . They tend to be illustrated in quite some detail, especially in continental European arms, and have almost as wide variety of postures and accessories as the lion, well illustrated in the reference as well as being just the eagle’s head or eagle’s leg. The symbology of the eagle is deep and complex, Wade devotes several pages to the subject , but suffice it say that it has long been associated with Empire and those held in high honour – any armiger would be pleased to have any form of Eagle upon their arms!