This ClipArt gallery offers 242 illustrations of charges that would typically be seen in heraldry. A charge is any image, normally an animal, person, or plant, that is on the shield of a coat of arms.

"Cross potent. CROSS. An honourable ordinary, more used as a charge in a coat of arms than any of the others." -Hall, 1862

Cross Potent

"Cross potent. CROSS. An honourable ordinary, more used as a charge in a coat of arms than any of the…

"Cross Quarterly is a Cross cut by a partition line, and the tinctures reversed or counter-changed."—Aveling, 1891

Cross Quarterly

"Cross Quarterly is a Cross cut by a partition line, and the tinctures reversed or counter-changed."—Aveling,…

"The Cross Recercelée is very similar to the Cross Moline, but the extremities are curled backwards."—Aveling, 1891

Cross Recercelée

"The Cross Recercelée is very similar to the Cross Moline, but the extremities are curled backwards."—Aveling,…

A Cross tri-parted.

Cross Tri-Parted

A Cross tri-parted.

A cross-urdee is one in which the extremities are drawn to a sharp paint instead of being cut straight.

Cross urdee

A cross-urdee is one in which the extremities are drawn to a sharp paint instead of being cut straight.

"A Cross voided is not unlike the Cross double parted, but the bars do not run through or across the shield. It is, in fact, the Cross of St. George with the central area removed, so that only a thin outline remains."—Aveling, 1891

Cross Voided

"A Cross voided is not unlike the Cross double parted, but the bars do not run through or across the…

"It will be observed that the charge upon the shield in this instance is not the Cross, but the lozenges."—Aveling, 1891

Four Fusils in Cross

"It will be observed that the charge upon the shield in this instance is not the Cross, but the lozenges."—Aveling,…

"The Fimbriated Cross is a cross having a border of another tincture, generally for the purpose of allowing it, if it be of metal, to be placed upon a field of another metal; the fimbration, or intervening border, being of a color to prevent the violation of the rule that 'metal cannot be placed upon metal, or color upon color.'"—Aveling, 1891

Frimbriated Cross

"The Fimbriated Cross is a cross having a border of another tincture, generally for the purpose of allowing…

"A Cross crossed at the head."—Aveling, 1891

Patriarchal Cross

"A Cross crossed at the head."—Aveling, 1891

The cross of Saint Anthony

Saint Anthony's Cross

The cross of Saint Anthony

"CURTANA. The pointless sword of mercy is the principal in dignity of the three swords that are borne naked before the British monarchs at their coronation." -Hall, 1862

Curtana

"CURTANA. The pointless sword of mercy is the principal in dignity of the three swords that are borne…

"Gules, a dolphin naiant embowed or. EMBOWED. Any thing bent or curved, like a bow." -Hall, 1862

Dolphin Embowed

"Gules, a dolphin naiant embowed or. EMBOWED. Any thing bent or curved, like a bow." -Hall, 1862

"Ninth Son, the DOUBLE QUATREFOIL. The differences used by armorists at the present time are nine in number. They not only distinguish the sons of one family, but also denote the subordinate degrees in each house." -Hall, 1862

Double Quatrefoil

"Ninth Son, the DOUBLE QUATREFOIL. The differences used by armorists at the present time are nine in…

"Argent, a dragon proper, tail nowed. DRAGON.. An imaginary monster; a mixture of beast, bird, and reptile. It is frequently borne in crests and charges." -Hall, 1862

Dragon

"Argent, a dragon proper, tail nowed. DRAGON.. An imaginary monster; a mixture of beast, bird, and reptile.…

The heraldic charge of the eagle is one of the earliest charges. It holds the same rank that the lion maintains among beasts.

Eagle

The heraldic charge of the eagle is one of the earliest charges. It holds the same rank that the lion…

"An eagle's head erased, beaked, or. BEAKED. The beak of a bird being of a different tint from the body is said to be beaked." -Hall, 1862

Eagle Beaked

"An eagle's head erased, beaked, or. BEAKED. The beak of a bird being of a different tint from the body…

"Argent, an eagle displayed sable. DISPLAYED. A bird whose wings are expanded and legs spread is said to be displayed." -Hall, 1862

Eagle Displayed

"Argent, an eagle displayed sable. DISPLAYED. A bird whose wings are expanded and legs spread is said…

"Argent, an eagle proper en arrière. EN ARRIÈRE. An expression borrowed from the French, to signify any creature borne with its back to view." -Hall, 1862

Eagle en Arrière

"Argent, an eagle proper en arrière. EN ARRIÈRE. An expression borrowed from the French,…

"Argent (silver), a heart gules (red), ensigned with a royal crown.In heraldry, to distinguish (a charge) by a mark or an ornament, as a crown, coronet, or miter." -Whitney, 1911

Ensign

"Argent (silver), a heart gules (red), ensigned with a royal crown. In heraldry, to distinguish (a charge)…

"A Lion's Head Erased. In heraldry, represented as having been forcibly torn off, the separated parts being left jagged, as opposed to couped." -Whitney, 1911

Erased

"A Lion's Head Erased. In heraldry, represented as having been forcibly torn off, the separated parts…

"ESCALOP. The shell of a sea-fish, used to decorate the palmers on their way to and from Palestine; frequently used as a charge in Heraldry." -Hall, 1862

Escalop

"ESCALOP. The shell of a sea-fish, used to decorate the palmers on their way to and from Palestine;…

"Gules, an estoile argent," or a silver star on a red background. -Whitney, 1911

Estoile

"Gules, an estoile argent," or a silver star on a red background. -Whitney, 1911

"ETOILE. The French word for a star. It differs from the mullet in the number of points, and four of the points being rayant." -Hall, 1862

Etoile

"ETOILE. The French word for a star. It differs from the mullet in the number of points, and four of…

The shield of a knight of the time of Edward II. The lion's face is a common charge in heraldry.

Heraldic Shield with a Lion's Face

The shield of a knight of the time of Edward II. The lion's face is a common charge in heraldry.

A flower symbol used as a charge in heraldry, often seen as a stylized lily.

Fleur-de-Lis

A flower symbol used as a charge in heraldry, often seen as a stylized lily.

A flower symbol used as a charge in heraldry, often seen as a stylized lily.

Fleur-de-Lis

A flower symbol used as a charge in heraldry, often seen as a stylized lily.

A flower symbol used as a charge in heraldry, often seen as a stylized lily.

Fleur-de-Lis

A flower symbol used as a charge in heraldry, often seen as a stylized lily.

"FLEUR-DE-LIS. Supposed to represent the garden-lily. It is the bearing of the Bourbons of France, but is frequently introduced in English charges." -Hall, 1862

Fleur-de-Lis

"FLEUR-DE-LIS. Supposed to represent the garden-lily. It is the bearing of the Bourbons of France, but…

"Sixth Son, the FLEUR-DE-LIS. The differences used by armorists at the present time are nine in number. They not only distinguish the sons of one family, but also denote the subordinate degrees in each house." -Hall, 1862

Fleur-De-Lis Difference

"Sixth Son, the FLEUR-DE-LIS. The differences used by armorists at the present time are nine in number.…

The heraldic charge borne by the sixth eldest son in a family.

The Fleur-de-lis

The heraldic charge borne by the sixth eldest son in a family.

"A roundel, barry wavy of six argent and azure, or more rarely having a greater number of barrulets." -Whitney, 1911

Fountain Charge

"A roundel, barry wavy of six argent and azure, or more rarely having a greater number of barrulets."…

"Argent, two foxes counter salient. COUNTER SALIENT. Two animals leaping different ways from each other." -Hall, 1862

Foxes Counter Salient

"Argent, two foxes counter salient. COUNTER SALIENT. Two animals leaping different ways from each other."…

"Or, a fusil purpure. THE FUSIL. Is longer than the lozenge: the upper and lower ends are more acute." -Hall, 1862

Fusil

"Or, a fusil purpure. THE FUSIL. Is longer than the lozenge: the upper and lower ends are more acute."…

"Fusil, In heraldry, a bearing differing from the lozenge in being longer in proportion to its breadth, and named from its shape, which resembles that of a spindle." -Whitney, 1911

Fusil Azure

"Fusil, In heraldry, a bearing differing from the lozenge in being longer in proportion to its breadth,…

"GALLEY. An ancient vessel propelled by oars; frequently used in shields of naval officers." -Hall, 1862

Galley

"GALLEY. An ancient vessel propelled by oars; frequently used in shields of naval officers." -Hall,…

"GAMBE. An obsolete French word, signifying a leg, and is still used in Heraldry, for the leg of a lion or other creature borne in coats of arms." -Hall, 1862

Gambe

"GAMBE. An obsolete French word, signifying a leg, and is still used in Heraldry, for the leg of a lion…

"Argent, a garbe proper. GARBE. The heraldic term for a sheaf of any kind of corn." -Hall, 1862

Garbe

"Argent, a garbe proper. GARBE. The heraldic term for a sheaf of any kind of corn." -Hall, 1862

Three Lions Passant Gardant. The escutcheon shows three lions passant (walking left with a leg raised) and gardant (facing the viewer).

Three Lions Passant Gardant

Three Lions Passant Gardant. The escutcheon shows three lions passant (walking left with a leg raised)…

"GAUNTLET. Armour for the hand." -Hall, 1862

Gauntlet

"GAUNTLET. Armour for the hand." -Hall, 1862

"GRIFFIN or GRYPHON. A chimerical animal, half bird, half beast." -Hall, 1862

Griffin

"GRIFFIN or GRYPHON. A chimerical animal, half bird, half beast." -Hall, 1862

"GUTTY. A term derived from the Latin word gutta, a drop. A field bearing drops, as in the example, is called gutty." -Hall, 1862

Gutty

"GUTTY. A term derived from the Latin word gutta, a drop. A field bearing drops, as in the example,…

"Argent, an habergeon proper. HABERGEON. A coat of mail: it is also called a corslet and cuirass." -Hall, 1862

Habergeon

"Argent, an habergeon proper. HABERGEON. A coat of mail: it is also called a corslet and cuirass." -Hall,…

"Argent, a sinister hand couped at the wrist and erected gules, within a bordure azure. BORDURE or BORDER. This was the most ancient difference in coats of arms, to distinguish different branches of the same family. It is a border round the edge of the shield. Its situation is always the same; but the inner edge may be varied." -Hall, 1862

Hand and Bordure

"Argent, a sinister hand couped at the wrist and erected gules, within a bordure azure. BORDURE or BORDER.…

"Argent, a salmon proper haurient. HAURIENT. A fish, in a perpendicular direction, with its head upwards." -Hall, 1862

Haurient

"Argent, a salmon proper haurient. HAURIENT. A fish, in a perpendicular direction, with its head upwards."…

"Argent, a man's heart gules, ensigned with a celestial crown or. ENSIGNED. This word, in heraldic description, means ornamented." -Hall, 1862

Heart Ensigned

"Argent, a man's heart gules, ensigned with a celestial crown or. ENSIGNED. This word, in heraldic description,…

"The closed helmet seen in profile is appropriated to esquires and gentlemen." -Hall, 1862

Closed Helmet Direct

"The closed helmet seen in profile is appropriated to esquires and gentlemen." -Hall, 1862

"The position of the helmet is a mark of distinction. The direct front view of the grated helmet belongs to sovereign princes and dukes." -Hall, 1862

Grated Helmet Direct

"The position of the helmet is a mark of distinction. The direct front view of the grated helmet belongs…

"The helmet without bars, with the beaver open, standing directly fronting the spectator, denotes a knight." -Hall, 1862

Open Helmet Direct

"The helmet without bars, with the beaver open, standing directly fronting the spectator, denotes a…

"The grated helmet in profile is common to all degrees of peerage under a duke." -Hall, 1862

Grated Helmet Profile

"The grated helmet in profile is common to all degrees of peerage under a duke." -Hall, 1862

The Gothic Heraldic Eagle was designed by French Architect Viollet-le-Duc.

Gothic Heraldic Eagle

The Gothic Heraldic Eagle was designed by French Architect Viollet-le-Duc.

This Gothic Heraldic Eagle comes from an oil painting.

Gothic Heraldic Eagle

This Gothic Heraldic Eagle comes from an oil painting.

This Gothic Heraldic Eagle was designed by Albrecht Durer.

Gothic Heraldic Eagle

This Gothic Heraldic Eagle was designed by Albrecht Durer.

The Modern Heraldic Eagle is German.

Modern Heraldic Eagle

The Modern Heraldic Eagle is German.

The Renaissance Heraldic Eagle was designed by Albrecht Durer.

Renaissance Heraldic Eagle

The Renaissance Heraldic Eagle was designed by Albrecht Durer.

Renaissance Heraldic Eagle.

Renaissance Heraldic Eagle

Renaissance Heraldic Eagle.

This Renaissance Heraldic Eagle was designed by Wenderlin Dietterlin.

Renaissance Heraldic Eagle

This Renaissance Heraldic Eagle was designed by Wenderlin Dietterlin.

Romanesque Heraldic Eagle

Romanesque Heraldic Eagle

Romanesque Heraldic Eagle

Bird with wings spread, displayed on a shield.

Heraldry, Displayed

Bird with wings spread, displayed on a shield.

Fish on a shield

Heraldry, Naiant

Fish on a shield