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Blazons & Genealogy Notes

War cry (zawołanie): Zagłoba! First notation: 1420 W polu błękitnym podkowa srebrna barkiem ku górze przeszyta w słup srebrną szablą o złotej rękojeści. W klejnocie skrzydło orle srebrne, przeszyte w pas srebrną strzałą, obrócone w prawo.

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

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Zagloba Coat of Arms Meaning

The main device (symbol) in the Zagloba blazon is the horseshoe. The two main tinctures (colors) are azure and argent.

Azure is the heraldic colour blue, usually quite a deep, dark shade of the colour (there is a lighter blue that sometimes occurs, known as celestial azure). If colour printing is not available then it can be represented by closely spaced horizontal lines in a scheme known as “hatching” 1. The word is thought to originate from the Arabic lazura and it represents the colour of the eastern sky. It is also said to be the colour associated by the Catholic Church with the Virgin Mary and hence of particular significance 2.

Argent is the heraldic metal Silver and is usually shown as very pure white. It is also known more poetically as pearl, moon (or luna) 3. In a sketch or drawing it is represented by plain, unmarked paper 4.

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 5. 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. 6. In addition, the horseshoe, which is one the earliest symbols found in heraldry 7 can be seen as a “safeguard against evil spirits” and may still be found nailed above doorways today. 8

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References

  • 1 Boutell’s Heraldry, J.P. Brooke-Little, Warne, (revised Edition) London 1970, P 26
  • 2 The Symbolisms of Heraldry, W. Cecil Wade, George Redway, London, 1898 P150
  • 3 Understanding Signs & Symbols – Heraldry, S. Oliver & G. Croton, Quantum, London, 2013, P53
  • 4 A Glossary of Terms used in British Heraldry, J.H. Parker, Oxford, 1847, P11
  • 5 A Complete Guide to Heraldry, A.C. Fox-Davies, Bonanza (re-print of 1909 Edition), New York, 1978, P281
  • 6 Boutell’s Heraldry, J.P. Brooke-Little, Warne, (revised Edition) London 1970, P 100
  • 7 A Glossary of Terms used in British Heraldry, J.H. Parker, Oxford, 1894, Entry:Horse-shoe
  • 8 The Symbolisms of Heraldry, W. Cecil Wade, George Redway, London, 1898 P112