This ClipArt gallery offers 31 illustrations of tinctures, furs, and damaskeenings used in heraldry. Tinctures are used to describe the colors used in the coat of arms. Furs are the patterns displayed on the shield that represent actual fur. Damaskeening is the practice of creating a minute repeating background pattern of of lines and shapes to enliven a solid area of color on a shield.

"ARGENT. The French word for silver, of which metal all white fields or charges are supposed to consist." -Hall, 1862

Argent

"ARGENT. The French word for silver, of which metal all white fields or charges are supposed to consist."…

Tiled damaskeening with floral ornaments used in heraldry. "Damaskeening is the name given to minute decoration intended to enliven the various tinctures without interfering with the effect of the colours or altering the coat." -Whitney, 1911

Damaskeening

Tiled damaskeening with floral ornaments used in heraldry. "Damaskeening is the name given to minute…

Damaskeening of bendy with scrollwork used in heraldry. "Damaskeening is the name given to minute decoration intended to enliven the various tinctures without interfering with the effect of the colours or altering the coat." -Whitney, 1911

Bendy with Scrollwork Damaskeening

Damaskeening of bendy with scrollwork used in heraldry. "Damaskeening is the name given to minute decoration…

Cross hatched damaskeening used in heraldry. "Damaskeening is the name given to minute decoration intended to enliven the various tinctures without interfering with the effect of the colours or altering the coat." -Whitney, 1911

Cross Hatched Damaskeening

Cross hatched damaskeening used in heraldry. "Damaskeening is the name given to minute decoration intended…

Damaskeening with a floral bend sinister used in heraldry. "Damaskeening is the name given to minute decoration intended to enliven the various tinctures without interfering with the effect of the colours or altering the coat." -Whitney, 1911

Floral Bend Sinister Damaskeening

Damaskeening with a floral bend sinister used in heraldry. "Damaskeening is the name given to minute…

Damaskeening with scrollwork used in heraldry. "Damaskeening is the name given to minute decoration intended to enliven the various tinctures without interfering with the effect of the colours or altering the coat." -Whitney, 1911

Scrollwork Damaskeening

Damaskeening with scrollwork used in heraldry. "Damaskeening is the name given to minute decoration…

"In heraldry, one of the furs, represented with its peculiar spots black on a white ground (argent, spots sable)." -Whitney, 1911

Ermine

"In heraldry, one of the furs, represented with its peculiar spots black on a white ground (argent,…

"In heraldry, a fur of a black ground with white spots (sable, spots argent): reverse of ermine. Also called counter-ermine, contre-ermine." -Whitney, 1911

Ermines

"In heraldry, a fur of a black ground with white spots (sable, spots argent): reverse of ermine. Also…

"In heraldry, a fur of a tincture resembling ermine, except that the ground is or (gold)." -Whitney, 1911

Erminois

"In heraldry, a fur of a tincture resembling ermine, except that the ground is or (gold)." -Whitney,…

"In heraldry, represented as covered with escallop- or scallop-shells: said of the field; also, covered with an imbricated pattern of curving lines." -Whitney, 1911

Escalloped

"In heraldry, represented as covered with escallop- or scallop-shells: said of the field; also, covered…

Vair pattern on a shield

Heraldry, Vair

Vair pattern on a shield

Ermine pattern on a shield

Heraldry, Ermine

Ermine pattern on a shield

A heraldic shield with a blue surface, which is represented by the horizontal lines.

Azure Shield

A heraldic shield with a blue surface, which is represented by the horizontal lines.

"Counter-vair is when the arrangement of the little shields or bells is varied so that those of the same tincture are placed base against base and point against point."—Aveling, 1891

Counter-Vair Shield

"Counter-vair is when the arrangement of the little shields or bells is varied so that those of the…

A heraldic shield with a field argent with the powdering sable.

Ermine Shield

A heraldic shield with a field argent with the powdering sable.

A heraldic shield made of gold, which is represented by engraving dots of pricks into the shield.

Gold Shield

A heraldic shield made of gold, which is represented by engraving dots of pricks into the shield.

A heraldic shield with a green surface, which is represented by the perpendicular lines, drawn from the head to the base of the shield.

Gules Shield

A heraldic shield with a green surface, which is represented by the perpendicular lines, drawn from…

"Potent is when the field is covered with figures of potents, or crutches. Potent is now an obsolete word ... Potent, like vair, is of the alternate tinctures of argent and azure."—Aveling, 1891

Potent Shield

"Potent is when the field is covered with figures of potents, or crutches. Potent is now an obsolete…

"Potent counter-potent, sometimes called varry cuppy, differs from potent in that the potents of the same tincture are placed base to base and point to point."—Aveling, 1891

Potent Counter-Potent Shield

"Potent counter-potent, sometimes called varry cuppy, differs from potent in that the potents of the…

A heraldic shield with a purple surface, shown by the diagonal lines stretching from the top-right corner down to the bottom-left corner.

Purpure Shield

A heraldic shield with a purple surface, shown by the diagonal lines stretching from the top-right corner…

A heraldic shield with a black surface, which is shown by the crossing horizontal and vertical lines.

Sable Shield

A heraldic shield with a black surface, which is shown by the crossing horizontal and vertical lines.

A heraldic shield made of silver, which is represented by its plain, smooth surface.

Silver Shield

A heraldic shield made of silver, which is represented by its plain, smooth surface.

A heraldic shield with argent and azure tinctures.

Varus Shield

A heraldic shield with argent and azure tinctures.

A heraldic shield with a green surface, represented by the diagonal lines drawn from the top left corner to the bottom right corner.

Vert Shield

A heraldic shield with a green surface, represented by the diagonal lines drawn from the top left corner…

Vair is one of the furs in heraldry composed of several silver and blue pieces representing little shields.

Vair

Vair is one of the furs in heraldry composed of several silver and blue pieces representing little shields.