"This charge is borne with a cable, and set fesse-wise, by the British Admiralty; but it is usual to place it in pale, and it depicted without a cable, unless the contrary is specified."—Aveling, 1891

Anchor

"This charge is borne with a cable, and set fesse-wise, by the British Admiralty; but it is usual to…

"From annulus, a ring. A mark of difference of the fifth son."—Aveling, 1891

Annulet

"From annulus, a ring. A mark of difference of the fifth son."—Aveling, 1891

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

The Annulet

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

"The Seal of Richard, Earl of Arundel, bears his achievement of arms. The supporters, crest, helm, etc., are as conspicuously drawn as the shield. The crest is large in proportion to the shield; it was usually thus represented in the compositions of the fourteenth and fifteenth centuries."—Aveling, 1891

Seal of Richard, Earl of Arundel

"The Seal of Richard, Earl of Arundel, bears his achievement of arms. The supporters, crest, helm, etc.,…

The heraldic shield of Ralph de Arundel.

Shield of Ralph de Arundel

The heraldic shield of Ralph de Arundel.

"De Bohun badge. From the central spandrel of the Canopy of the Brass to Alianore de Bohun, Duchess of Gloucester, A.D. 1399, in Westminster Abbey."—Aveling, 1891

De Bohun Badge

"De Bohun badge. From the central spandrel of the Canopy of the Brass to Alianore de Bohun, Duchess…

"A band or sash worn partly as a military and partly as a heraldic symbol. It passes round the waist as a girdle, or passes over the left shoulder and is brought down obliquely under the right arm, or is suspended from the right shoulder in such a way as to sustain a sword." — Chambers' Encyclopedia, 1875

Baldrick

"A band or sash worn partly as a military and partly as a heraldic symbol. It passes round the waist…

"The Helm of Baronet and Knights is of steel, garnished with silver, and standing affronté; the vizor is raised, and without bars."—Aveling, 1891

Helm of Baronet

"The Helm of Baronet and Knights is of steel, garnished with silver, and standing affronté; the…

"The collar, of gold, in weight thirty ounces, is composed of nine imperial crowns, and eight groups of rose, thistle, and shamrock, issuing from a sceptre, and enamelled proper, all linked together with seventeen knots enamelled ar., and having The Badge as a pendant."—Aveling, 1891

Insignia of the Order of the Bath

"The collar, of gold, in weight thirty ounces, is composed of nine imperial crowns, and eight groups…

"Formed by lines drawn horizontally, crossed by others drawn diagonally."—Aveling, 1891

Barry Bendy

"Formed by lines drawn horizontally, crossed by others drawn diagonally."—Aveling, 1891

"Produced by lines drawn vertically, by others drawn diagonally, or by a compound of Paly and Bendy."—Aveling, 1891

Paly Bendy

"Produced by lines drawn vertically, by others drawn diagonally, or by a compound of Paly and Bendy."—Aveling,…

The heraldic shield of the Earl of Bradford.

Earl of Bradford

The heraldic shield of the Earl of Bradford.

The heraldic crest of Cape.

Crest of Cape

The heraldic crest of Cape.

"Chequée is when the field is divided by lines perpendicular and horizontal, crossing each other, the squares formed by these lines being blazoned of two tinctures arranged alternately."—Aveling, 1891

Chequée

"Chequée is when the field is divided by lines perpendicular and horizontal, crossing each other,…

The heraldic coat of arms of Spencer Churchill, Duke of Marlborough.

Arms of Spencer Churchill

The heraldic coat of arms of Spencer Churchill, Duke of Marlborough.

The coat of arms for the office that regulates heraldry and granting new armorial bearings.

Arms of the Heralds' College

The coat of arms for the office that regulates heraldry and granting new armorial bearings.

"A field of any charge divided into a row of small squares."—Aveling, 1891

Componée

"A field of any charge divided into a row of small squares."—Aveling, 1891

"Two or more annulets interlacing each other."—Aveling, 1891

Annulet Conjoined

"Two or more annulets interlacing each other."—Aveling, 1891

"Degraded means placed upon degrees, or steps."—Aveling, 1891

Cross Nowed, Degraded and Conjoined

"Degraded means placed upon degrees, or steps."—Aveling, 1891

"Counter-componée has two rows of squares, with a metal and color alternating."—Aveling, 1891

Counter-Componée

"Counter-componée has two rows of squares, with a metal and color alternating."—Aveling,…

"A half-moon shaped charge, with its horns turned upwards."—Aveling, 1891

Crescent

"A half-moon shaped charge, with its horns turned upwards."—Aveling, 1891

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

The Crescent

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

"Crest-wreath; Probably of Lord Willoughby de Eresby."—Aveling, 1891

Crest-Wreath

"Crest-wreath; Probably of Lord Willoughby de Eresby."—Aveling, 1891

A Cross double-parted.

Cross Double-Parted

A Cross double-parted.

A Cross engrailed.

Cross Engrailed

A Cross engrailed.

A Cross flamant.

Cross Flamant

A Cross flamant.

A heraldic shield with a charge cross in which the extremities terminate with fleurs-de-lis.

Cross Fleur-De-Lis

A heraldic shield with a charge cross in which the extremities terminate with fleurs-de-lis.

"A Cross Fleury, or Fleurie, is borne in the arms of Lord Brougham and Vaux. It is not very unlike the Cross Patonce, but the extremities are less spreading."—Aveling, 1891

Cross Fleury

"A Cross Fleury, or Fleurie, is borne in the arms of Lord Brougham and Vaux. It is not very unlike the…

A heraldic shield with a charge of a cross with four ermine spots.

Cross of Four Ermine Spots

A heraldic shield with a charge of a cross with four ermine spots.

A heraldic shield with a Cross patée charge.

Cross Patée

A heraldic shield with a Cross patée charge.

A variation of the heraldic charge Cross patée, with concave colors.

Cross Patée Concaved

A variation of the heraldic charge Cross patée, with concave colors.

"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 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 Eastern Crown, called also the Radiated and the Antique crown, is borne both as a crest and as a charge."—Aveling, 1891

Eastern Crown

"The Eastern Crown, called also the Radiated and the Antique crown, is borne both as a crest and as…

"The mural crown is a circle of fold embattled, and it is associated with military success in sieges."—Aveling, 1891

Mural Crown

"The mural crown is a circle of fold embattled, and it is associated with military success in sieges."—Aveling,…

"The naval crown is a golden circle surmounted with sterns and square sails of ships, placed alternately."—Aveling, 1891

Naval Crown

"The naval crown is a golden circle surmounted with sterns and square sails of ships, placed alternately."—Aveling,…

"An egg-shaped, ornamental, covered cup, with a circular pedestal and base."—Aveling, 1891

Covered Cup

"An egg-shaped, ornamental, covered cup, with a circular pedestal and base."—Aveling, 1891

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…

The heraldic shield of King Edward I of England, reigning from 1272 to 1307.

Shield of Edward I

The heraldic shield of King Edward I of England, reigning from 1272 to 1307.

The heraldic shield of King Edward III of England.

Shield of Edward III

The heraldic shield of King Edward III of England.

The heraldic badge of Edward V, the king of England in 1483.

Badge of Edward V

The heraldic badge of Edward V, the king of England in 1483.

"The Helm of Esquires and Gentlemen has the vizor closed, and is placed in profile."—Aveling, 1891

Helm of Esquire

"The Helm of Esquires and Gentlemen has the vizor closed, and is placed in profile."—Aveling,…

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.

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 field Fusilly is similar to Lozengy, but the figures are more elongated."—Aveling, 1891

Fusilly

"A field Fusilly is similar to Lozengy, but the figures are more elongated."—Aveling, 1891

"The Star is the badge, first ordered by Charles I. The rays are of silver or diamonds. The star is worn on the left breast."—Aveling, 1891

Star of the Order of the Garter

"The Star is the badge, first ordered by Charles I. The rays are of silver or diamonds. The star is…

The heraldic badge of Richard II, the white hart.

The White Hart

The heraldic badge of Richard II, the white hart.

"Shield of John de Hastings, K.G., Earl of Pembroke, Quatering De Hastings and De Valence, and impaling France ancient and England quarterly."—Aveling, 1891

Shield of John de Hastings

"Shield of John de Hastings, K.G., Earl of Pembroke, Quatering De Hastings and De Valence, and impaling…

A crested helm from Cobham Church, kent.

Crested Helm

A crested helm from Cobham Church, kent.

An example of an ordinary heraldic helmet.

Heraldic Helmet

An example of an ordinary heraldic helmet.

A heraldic helmet with a rounded top.

Heraldic Helmet

A heraldic helmet with a rounded top.

A heraldic helmet made to project in the front.

Heraldic Helmet

A heraldic helmet made to project in the front.

The heraldic shield and crown of Henry III of England.

Crown and Shield of Henry III

The heraldic shield and crown of Henry III of England.

The heraldic shield of Henry V, Prince of Wales.

Shield of Henry V

The heraldic shield of Henry V, Prince of Wales.

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.