The heraldic shield of Sir Edward de Montague.

Shield of Sir Edward de Montague

The heraldic shield of Sir Edward de Montague.

"Azure, a moon decrescent, proper. DECRESSANT, or DECRESCENT. A moon in its wane, whose horns are turned to the sinister side of the escutcheon." -Hall, 1862

Moon Decrescent

"Azure, a moon decrescent, proper. DECRESSANT, or DECRESCENT. A moon in its wane, whose horns are turned…

"Argent, the moon in her detriment sable. DETRIMENT. The moon is said to be in its detriment when it is eclipsed." -Hall, 1862

Moon Detriment

"Argent, the moon in her detriment sable. DETRIMENT. The moon is said to be in its detriment when it…

"Azure, a mullet or. MULLET. From the French word molette, the rowel of a spur: it is generally drawn with five points, as in the annexed example: when more points are used they are named." -Hall, 1862

Mullet

"Azure, a mullet or. MULLET. From the French word molette, the rowel of a spur: it is generally drawn…

"Argent, a mullet pierced, sable, on a chief azure, three mullets pierced, of the first. PIERCED OR PERFORATED. Cut through the centre." -Hall, 1862

Mulllet Pierced

"Argent, a mullet pierced, sable, on a chief azure, three mullets pierced, of the first. PIERCED OR…

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

The Mullet

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

"Argent, three mullets gules, accompanied with seven cross crosslets fitchy sable—three in chief, one in fess, two in flanks, one in base. FLANK. That part of an escutcheon between the chief and the base." -Hall, 1862

Mullets and Cross Crosslets

"Argent, three mullets gules, accompanied with seven cross crosslets fitchy sable—three in chief,…

"Per pale, or and azure, on a chevron, three mullets all counter-changed. COUNTER-CHANGED. The intermixture of metal with colours opposed to each other." -Hall, 1862

Mullets Counter-Changed

"Per pale, or and azure, on a chevron, three mullets all counter-changed. COUNTER-CHANGED. The intermixture…

"Argent, a salmon proper, naiant, its head towards the sinister side of the shield. NAIANT. A French term for swimming. This term is used in Heraldry when a fish is drawn in an horizontal position." -Hall, 1862

Naiant

"Argent, a salmon proper, naiant, its head towards the sinister side of the shield. NAIANT. A French…

The coat of arms of the Duke of Norfolk.

Arms of the Duke of Norfolk

The coat of arms of the Duke of Norfolk.

"KNIGHT AND BARONET OF NOVA SCOTIA. A new creation during the reign of George I. to induce capitalists to settle in that part of North America. The title is hereditary: the arms are argent, St. Andrew's Cross gules surtout, an escutcheon or, with a lion rampant gules within a double tressure of the same, surmounted by a king's crown as a crest." -Hall, 1862

Knight and Baronet of Nova Scotia

"KNIGHT AND BARONET OF NOVA SCOTIA. A new creation during the reign of George I. to induce capitalists…

"ORLE. A subordinate ordinary composed of double lines going round the shield at some distance from its edge; it is half the width of the bordure." -Hall, 1862

Orle

"ORLE. A subordinate ordinary composed of double lines going round the shield at some distance from…

"Azure, an orle, argent. An orle is a perforated inescutcheon, and usually takes the shape of the shield whereon it is placed." -Hall, 1862

Orle Ordinary

"Azure, an orle, argent. An orle is a perforated inescutcheon, and usually takes the shape of the shield…

"Azure, a pale or. PALE. One of the honourable ordinaries formed by two perpendicular lines drawn from the base to the chief. The pale occupies one third of the shield." -Hall, 1862

Pale

"Azure, a pale or. PALE. One of the honourable ordinaries formed by two perpendicular lines drawn from…

"Or, a pale purpure, flory and counter flory gules. COUNTER FLORY. Any ordinary ornamented with fleurs-de-luce: the points of the flowers run alternately in a contrary direction." -Hall, 1862

Pale Counter Flory

"Or, a pale purpure, flory and counter flory gules. COUNTER FLORY. Any ordinary ornamented with fleurs-de-luce:…

"Argent, a pale azure engrailed. ENGRAILED. Any object being edged with small semi-circles, the points turning outwards, is said to be engrailed." -Hall, 1862

Pale Engrailed

"Argent, a pale azure engrailed. ENGRAILED. Any object being edged with small semi-circles, the points…

"Azure, a pale, or. The pale is an honourable ordinary, consisting of two perpendicular lines drawn from the top to the base of the escutcheon, and contains one third of the width of the field." -Hall, 1862

Pale Ordinary

"Azure, a pale, or. The pale is an honourable ordinary, consisting of two perpendicular lines drawn…

"Azure, on a pale, walled on each side with three battlements argent, an endorse gules. WALLED. A term sometimes used in Heraldry. When an ordinary is edged or guarded by an embattled wall." -Hall, 1862

Pale Walled

"Azure, on a pale, walled on each side with three battlements argent, an endorse gules. WALLED. A term…

"Azure, on a pall argent, four crosses fitchy sable, in chief a cross pattee of the second. PALL. A scarf in the shape of the letter Y, forming part of the vesture of a Roman Catholic prelate. It is introduced as the principal bearing of the archbishops of Canterbury, Armagh, and Dublin." -Hall, 1862

Pall

"Azure, on a pall argent, four crosses fitchy sable, in chief a cross pattee of the second. PALL. A…

"PALLET. A diminutive of the pale." -Hall, 1862

Pallet

"PALLET. A diminutive of the pale." -Hall, 1862

"Argent, a pallet, gules. The pale has a diminutive called the pallet, which is one half the width of the pale." -Hall, 1862

Pallet Ordinary

"Argent, a pallet, gules. The pale has a diminutive called the pallet, which is one half the width of…

"Paly of four, argent and gules. PALY. A field divided by perpendicular lines into several equal parts of metal and tincture interchangeably disposed." -Hall, 1862

Paly

"Paly of four, argent and gules. PALY. A field divided by perpendicular lines into several equal parts…

"PARTED PER PALE AND PER BEND SINISTER Counterchanged, or and gules. PARTY or PARTED signifies divided, and applies to the several parts of an escutcheon parted by a line, which always runs in the direction of one or more of the honourable ordinaries." -Hall, 1862

Parted Per Pale and Per Bend Sinister

"PARTED PER PALE AND PER BEND SINISTER Counterchanged, or and gules. PARTY or PARTED signifies divided,…

"PARTED PER PALE AND PER CHEVRON Gules and or, counter changed. PARTY or PARTED signifies divided, and applies to the several parts of an escutcheon parted by a line, which always runs in the direction of one or more of the honourable ordinaries." -Hall, 1862

Parted Per Pale and Per Chevron

"PARTED PER PALE AND PER CHEVRON Gules and or, counter changed. PARTY or PARTED signifies divided, and…

"Party per fess, engrailed, argent and gules. PARTY PER FESS. A shield parted in the centre by an horizontal line through the fess point." -Hall, 1862

Party Per Fess Engrailed

"Party per fess, engrailed, argent and gules. PARTY PER FESS. A shield parted in the centre by an horizontal…

"Parted per pale, gules and argent. PARTY PER PALE. This signifies a shield parted by a perpendicular line down the centre, so that one shield may contain two coats of arms." -Hall, 1862

Party Per Pale

"Parted per pale, gules and argent. PARTY PER PALE. This signifies a shield parted by a perpendicular…

The heraldic shield of the family of Pelham, after its augmentation.

Shield of Pelham

The heraldic shield of the family of Pelham, after its augmentation.

"Argent, a pelican's head, erased, vulning. VULNING. Any creature in the act of wounding itself." -Hall, 1862

Pelican Vulning

"Argent, a pelican's head, erased, vulning. VULNING. Any creature in the act of wounding itself." -Hall,…

"Argent, a pheon proper. PHEON. A missile instrument with a barbed head, thrown from a cross bow." -Hall, 1862

Pheon

"Argent, a pheon proper. PHEON. A missile instrument with a barbed head, thrown from a cross bow." -Hall,…

The heraldic shield of Philippa of Hainault, the Queen consort of Edward III of England.

Shield of Queen Philippa

The heraldic shield of Philippa of Hainault, the Queen consort of Edward III of England.

"Argent, a pile, purpure. PILE. An angular figure like a wedge, formed by lines running from the dexter and sinister chief to the middle base." -Hall, 1862

Pile

"Argent, a pile, purpure. PILE. An angular figure like a wedge, formed by lines running from the dexter…

"Argent, a pile, azure. The pile is formed like a wedge, and may be borne wavy, engrailed, &c.; it issues generally from the chief, and extends towards the base, but it may be borne in bend or issue from the base." -Hall, 1862

Pile Ordinary

"Argent, a pile, azure. The pile is formed like a wedge, and may be borne wavy, engrailed, &c.; it issues…

The heraldic shield of Henry Plantagenet of Bolingbroke, 1399.

Shield of Henry Plantagenet

The heraldic shield of Henry Plantagenet of Bolingbroke, 1399.

"The Norman pointed shield is generally used in Heraldic paintings in ecclesiastical buildings." -Hall, 1862

Pointed Shield

"The Norman pointed shield is generally used in Heraldic paintings in ecclesiastical buildings." -Hall,…

"Armorists distinguish several points in the escutcheon in order to determine exactly the position of the bearings or charges.A, the dexter chief.B, the precise middle chief.C, the sinister chief.D, the honour point.E, the fess point.F, the nombril point.G, the dexter base.H, the precise middle base. I, the sinister base." -Hall, 1862

Points of the Shield

"Armorists distinguish several points in the escutcheon in order to determine exactly the position of…

"POMMELLED. The pommel of the sword is the round ball or knob at the end of the hilt of a sword." -Hall, 1862

Pommelled

"POMMELLED. The pommel of the sword is the round ball or knob at the end of the hilt of a sword." -Hall,…

"PORTCULLIS. A grating suspended by chains, used to defend the entrance to a castle." -Hall, 1862

Portcullis

"PORTCULLIS. A grating suspended by chains, used to defend the entrance to a castle." -Hall, 1862

"Argent and azure, potent and counter potent. Some armorists call counter potent vary cuppy. POTENT. The ancient name of a crutch: when the field is covered with figures like small crutches it is called potent; when the heads of the crutches touch each other it is called counter potent." -Hall, 1862

Potent

"Argent and azure, potent and counter potent. Some armorists call counter potent vary cuppy. POTENT.…

The heraldic shield of the Black Prince, who was father of Richard II of England.

Black Prince

The heraldic shield of the Black Prince, who was father of Richard II of England.

"QUARTER FOIL. A four-leaved flower." -Hall, 1862

Quarter Foil

"QUARTER FOIL. A four-leaved flower." -Hall, 1862

"QUARTERED. A shield divided into four equal parts by a cross is said to be quartered. The quarter occupying the dexter chief is marked 1, or the first quarter; that occupying the sinister chief, 2; the dexter base, 3; the sinister base, 4; as in the annexed example." -Hall, 1862

Quartered

"QUARTERED. A shield divided into four equal parts by a cross is said to be quartered. The quarter occupying…

"The Escutcheon is sometimes divided into a great number of parts, in order to place in it the arms of several families to which one is allied; this is called a genealogical achievement. The compartments are called QUARTERINGS." -Hall, 1862

Quarterings

"The Escutcheon is sometimes divided into a great number of parts, in order to place in it the arms…

"Quarterly per pale dove-tailed, or and gules. DOVETAILED. A term borrowed from carpentry to show tinctures joined together by reversed wedges, which, being shaped like doves' tails, are by joiners called dovetailing." -Hall, 1862

Quarterly Dove-Tailed

"Quarterly per pale dove-tailed, or and gules. DOVETAILED. A term borrowed from carpentry to show tinctures…

"Azure, a pale, or, radient. RADIENT. Any charge having rays or beams about it." -Hall, 1862

Radient

"Azure, a pale, or, radient. RADIENT. Any charge having rays or beams about it." -Hall, 1862

The heraldic shield of Abbot Ramryge.

Shield of Abbot Ramryge

The heraldic shield of Abbot Ramryge.

"Azure, a ray of the sun issuing out of the dexter corner of the escutcheon. The lines on each side are not noticed. RAY. A stream of light proceeding from a luminous body." -Hall, 1862

Ray of Sun

"Azure, a ray of the sun issuing out of the dexter corner of the escutcheon. The lines on each side…

A simple Renaissance shape of a shield or escutcheon in heraldry.

Renaissance Shield

A simple Renaissance shape of a shield or escutcheon in heraldry.

A simple Renaissance shape of a shield or escutcheon in heraldry.

Renaissance Shield

A simple Renaissance shape of a shield or escutcheon in heraldry.

A simple Renaissance shape of a shield or escutcheon in heraldry.

Renaissance Shield

A simple Renaissance shape of a shield or escutcheon in heraldry.

An Italian Renaissance shape of a shield or escutcheon in heraldry.

Italian Renaissance Shield

An Italian Renaissance shape of a shield or escutcheon in heraldry.

An Italian Renaissance shape of a shield or escutcheon in heraldry.

Italian Renaissance Shield

An Italian Renaissance shape of a shield or escutcheon in heraldry.

"When the drops have their natural position inverted."—Aveling, 1891

Guttée Reversed

"When the drops have their natural position inverted."—Aveling, 1891

"Gules, a riband, or. RIBAND. A diminutive of the bend." -Hall, 1862

Riband

"Gules, a riband, or. RIBAND. A diminutive of the bend." -Hall, 1862

Gules, two bendlets, engrailed, argent. The riband, which is one third less than the garter and the bendlet, must never occupy more than one sixth of the field. -Hall, 1862

Shield Showing Riband

Gules, two bendlets, engrailed, argent. The riband, which is one third less than the garter and the…

"Azure, a rose argent, barbed, and seeded proper. BARBED. Bearded. It is also applied to roses." -Hall, 1862

Rose Barbed

"Azure, a rose argent, barbed, and seeded proper. BARBED. Bearded. It is also applied to roses." -Hall,…

"Or, three torteaux in bend. IN BEND. Figures placed in a slanting direction from the dexter chief to the sinister base are said to be in bend." -Hall, 1862

Roundlets in Bend

"Or, three torteaux in bend. IN BEND. Figures placed in a slanting direction from the dexter chief to…

"Five roundlets; two, one, two, in saltier. When there are many figures of the same species borne in coats of arms, their number must be observed as they stand, and properly expressed." -Hall, 1862

Five Roundlets

"Five roundlets; two, one, two, in saltier. When there are many figures of the same species borne in…

"Five roundlets; one, three, one, or in cross. When there are many figures of the same species borne in coats of arms, their number must be observed as they stand, and properly expressed." -Hall, 1862

Five Roundlets

"Five roundlets; one, three, one, or in cross. When there are many figures of the same species borne…

"Four roundlets, two over two. Some armorists call them cantoned as they form a square figure. When there are many figures of the same species borne in coats of arms, their number must be observed as they stand, and properly expressed." -Hall, 1862

Four Roundlets

"Four roundlets, two over two. Some armorists call them cantoned as they form a square figure. When…

"Six roundlets; two, two, two, paleway. When there are many figures of the same species borne in coats of arms, their number must be observed as they stand, and properly expressed." -Hall, 1862

Six Roundlets

"Six roundlets; two, two, two, paleway. When there are many figures of the same species borne in coats…