Blazons & Genealogy Notes
First notation: 1492 Tarcza dwudzielna w pas, w polu górnym, błękitnym, półksiężyc z twarzą złoty, nad którym trzy takież gwiazdy w pas (środkowa nieco niżej); w polu dolnym, srebrnym, trzy minogi błękitne jeden nad drugim (także w lewo). Klejnot: nad hełmem bez korony trzy pióra strusie, srebrne między błękitnymi. Labry błękitne, podbite srebrem. Coat of arms appeared in several variants: see f.e. Wussow 2
Origin, Meaning, Family History and Wussow Coat of Arms and Family Crest
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Wussow Coat of Arms Meaning
The two main devices (symbols) in the Wussow blazon are the moon and mullet. The two main tinctures (colors) are azure and or.
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 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..
It should come as no surprise that items from the natural world are frequently adopted for use in the coat of arms . Celestial objects and natural phenomena have been given simple, easily identified representations. The moon Is typical of charges derived from natural objects, and being emblematic of “serene power the mundane” . It can be shown in various phases, known as incresent (facing right), decrescent (facing left), or if full then with a human face.
The heraldic mullet, not to be confused with the fish of that name, is shown as a regular, five pointed star. This was originally, not an astronomical object, but represented the spur on a horseman’s boot, especially when peirced, with a small circular hole in the centre it represents a type of spur known as a “rowel” . A clear example can be found in the arms of Harpendene, argent, a mullet pierced gules. The ancient writer Guillim associated such spurs in gold as belonging to the Knight, and the silver to their esquires . In later years, Wade linked this five pointed star with the true celestial object, the estoile and termed it a “falling star”, symbolising a “divine quality bestowed from above” .