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Saturday, November 28th, 2009
10:23 pm
Statute “On the symbols of the Republic of Sunland”.

Coat of arms of Sunland. 

There is so called "Norman shield" in the center of the coat of arms of the Republic of Sunland. The stylized image of sea waves is situated in the lower part of the shield. The stylized image of a dolphin is situated in the upper part of the shield. There is a red solar disk behind the dolphin. The color of the upper part of the shield is white. Two penguins are used as shield-supporters. There is a sailing ship above the shield with a rope as the foot. The heraldic compartment of the Coat of arms is the island in the sea. There is a motto below the heraldic compartment. The motto on a red ribbon with white letters: "Knowledge of the truth leads to freedom". 

The meaning of the symbols of the Coat of arms. 

The dolphin has the heraldic meaning of strength and courage. The penguin has the heraldic meaning of friendliness and spirit of research. The sea waves, the ship and the rope meant that Sunland is a maritime country. The heraldic compartment of the Coat of arms points to island position of the Republic. 

Coat of arms of Sunland (small) 

The National Flag.

The colors of the flag symbolize wisdom and spiritual power (yellow), bravery and courage (red), firmness and self-control (black).  

The National Flag.

The motto of Sunland.

The motto of the Republic: "Knowledge of the truth leads to freedom". 

The Council of authorized persons of the Republic.

Friday, November 20th, 2009
11:45 am
Italian Armorial Register

Since two years exist the Italian Armorial Register, found and edited by Sebastiano Pasquini, director of Studio Araldico Pasquini.

As in Italy doesn't exist an heraldry office for privates, the Studio Araldico Pasquini intend to create a private register where will be registered all coat of arms of private people.

I have called it Italian Armorial Register as we wish one day it will become the official register for private coat of arms, promoting heraldry, who use it, so to set up a rich, powerful and useful database of people having a coat of arms: historical families, clergymen, or any family that bear a coat of arms, included who prefer to use a goliardic coat of arms.

On the register is possible to register coat of arms, crest, badge, rebus, motto, banner, flag, standard, pennon, livery pennon, seal, ex libris and family trees.

If a private intend to register a coat of arms he has to provide all personal informations to make sure about his identity, undertaking the responsability about all he state or provide. Who intend to adopt a new coat of arms (ex novo) has to subscribe a self-certification. Goliardic coat of arms will be accepted only if shown that they are used since one year and with its own nickname.

After we register the coat of arms that the applicant will submit, we will issue a registration certificate and abstract where will be written all the details of the registration.

For now the register will be published only online, but as soon as it will have enough coat of arms, it will be printed in hard copy with all details of the applicants and it will be donated to one italian state archives together all documents attached to the registrations.

The site of the Italian Arnorial Register for now is only in italian but as soon as possible it will have also an english language version.

The registration of a coat of arms is free and the address of the site is this: www.italianarmorial.it while the email where to send inquiries is info@italianarmorial.it

Sebastiano Pasquini

Sunday, August 16th, 2009
1:39 am
Is Anybody Here A Designer of Heraldry ...
... such as myself? I want to improve the dismal pseudoheraldry that dominates the entire American continent, and any help with that mighty task is most welcome.
Monday, June 8th, 2009
2:35 am
Just wondering...

Hi everyone,

Is this community still active?

Take care! :)

Monday, February 23rd, 2009
2:56 pm
women's arms
so, women's arms should be placed on a diamond shaped lozenge or oval...but what happens when the arms contain things in the sinister and dexter chief? How does a full-chief design get reconciled with a lozenge or oval shape?
Friday, October 3rd, 2008
10:02 pm
Does anyone know the meaning of the three long round things the bird is sitting on here?

This is the coat of arms of pope Pius XII, but those three thingies appear a lot in Italy, especially on papal coats of arms. They also appear on buildings alone, without coats of arms.
Saturday, July 28th, 2007
8:04 am
Sunday, February 4th, 2007
9:51 pm
Armorial gold
Searching for heraldic clipart, stumbled upon this luxurious collection Armorial gold. Too bad it's shareware, $89.95 is not something I'm able to pay in order to construct single coat of arms.

So I wondered, if these wonders are downloadable anywhere? Or is there any lucky owner here, willing to upload it?
Thursday, November 30th, 2006
6:30 pm
"It is sad to reflect that even today there is still a tendency to regard the study of coats of arms, popularly known as heraldry, as a fascinating but dead science."
-from the Forweard to 1970 Edition of Boutell's Heraldry (from the Richmond Herald of Arms)

Too true, too true I say. And in my experience the subject doesn't even get as much as the "fascinating". I am saddened.

Today I was sitting in my high school government classing, listening to our teacher tell us about the meaning of all the things on the American dollar bill. Reading, in fact, from pages printed from the internet. And as is my usual habit, I gave him the benefit of at least half an ear, which was how I happened to catch the word "argent". Looking up in surprise, I realized that he was trying to read the blazoning. (The article he had can be found here: http://freemasonrywatch.org/onedollarbill.html)

As much as he stumbled over it and omitted all the parts he couldn't understand (it always throws them to see "or" between two commas, as in "a glory, or, breaking...") my classmates were not listening. It was a terribly sad thing to see - a teacher, as respectable as they come, not knowing what he was trying to teach, and his pupils utterly uncomprehending.

I felt it was my duty as an aspiring herald to at least explain the difference between dexter and sinister! But not, you understand, my place to be seen instructing my instructor.

I did find time afterwards to explain to him terms like "escutcheon", "proper", "paleways", tinctures, and why all the adjectives were put in "backwards".

But the fact that my classmates (I would not deign to call them "peers") were not only uninterested in the subject when new knowledge was offered, but also looked with distaste upon someone who was even slightly more learned than themselves, it upset me.

I would now like to challenge all of you who would take it: to go go about your lives each day firstly with pride that you preserve a noble science; to keep your knowledge in practice; and finally, each day, to find someone to share this knowledge with in a positive light. Spark their curiosity without driving them away with your "weird hobbies". Rekindle the spirit of the Rennaissance Man, if you will.

For it truly is a fascinating study.

And don't hesitate to turn a conversation topic from the price of eggs to the merits of displaying the lion's tale extended cowed or nowed. (Alright, well hesitate, but when the moment is right CHARGE!)

Then maybe one day when I make a passing reference to canting of arms, someone, somewhere will finally jump in and join me...
Friday, February 17th, 2006
12:41 pm
Heraldry resourses
Dear All!
I work at the project about heraldry and family emblems of Russian Princes. Now I'm looking for associations or internet-resources devoited to heraldry and geneology of ancient noble families of different countries.
If you know something what would help me please, let me konw.
Sincerely yours.
Sunday, February 5th, 2006
4:39 pm
Two Heraldry Curiosities

The coat of arms of Jean Le Viste, the patron of the series of paintings The Lady and the Unicorn (as featured in the Harry Potter movies) is "gules on a bend azure three crescents argent". Don't believe me? Check out pictures here and here. Or do these predate the tincture rule?

I've also wondered about the coats of arms of two Cambridge colleges, Christ's and St. John's, ever since I saw them on the walls of the Boots Chemist in the city. According to this, they have the same blazon:

Quarterly; 1 and 4, Azure, three fleurs-de-lis or; 2 and 3, Gules, three lions passant gardant in pale or; all within a bordure compony argent and azure.

The quarters are one of the old royal coats, of course. On the shop wall, they two coats arms do in fact differ by the number of the "compones" on the "bordure". Perhaps the blazons are not quite accurate?

Sunday, January 29th, 2006
4:26 pm
The Five Important Colors You Should Know.
White- Light
Black- Dark
Red- Hate
Blue- Love
Yellow- Can anyone tell me what yellow means?

What is important about these colors? Nothing. However, they may be used to represent certain life changing ideologies- so we keep them kicking around to manipulate people with.
What use I have for them today comes from a self revelation.
I was blue, but I was touched by black.
I became red, because I wanted to fight back.
Then when the white came to show me the way,
I needed my blue nature in order to accept.
Lost amongst the wild red,
I clung to principles designed to hold.
When once upon a time one came,
And kissed me on the cheek,
Saying I love you.
Thereon I was cured, and
accept white I do.
1:33 am
Lancastrian Arms
I came upon my family coat of arms. Then, I found a secret coat of arms belonging to a secret name of my family at one time. If there is a person who knows the basic symbolism, perhaps I can be assisted in discovering some history.
There is a Unicorn in the middle of the sheild. There are two symbols, and a window to another crest. One symbol is for my family- a shell. Above that symbol is a crown with a number of white pearls on it- three being equal at the top.

My main question is- what does the unicorn have to do with it. The unicorn is laying down in the picture. Did my family partake in the unicorn hunt? Or perhaps they protected the unicorn? Any thoughts?
Tuesday, January 17th, 2006
12:09 pm
Naval Heraldry
Does anyone know of any good sources pertaining to naval heraldry throughout the ages and for all countries (ie, not specific to Britain, Canada, etc ...). My friend Google doesn't seem much clued up about the subject. I got curious about the matter after playing a game called "Pirates of the Spanish Main" and wondering if the flags of each country are actually accurate for the period (17th / 18th c.)

Cheers if anyone knows :)
Tuesday, November 15th, 2005
11:12 pm
Arm of Canaan
Does anybody know?
Friday, October 28th, 2005
8:57 pm
Heraldric Research
I'm looking for Arms for Irish, Norman and Polish families. Any suggestions on where to start?
Thursday, March 3rd, 2005
6:58 pm
of metals and mantling
Does anyone have documentation as to what scribes and illuminators of the Middle Ages would have done for mantling tinctures in all-metal armory (i.e. Jerusalem)? It seems that "Or doubled argent" or vice-versa would not create adequate contrast, and the armory itself would be lost in the mantling.
Thursday, February 10th, 2005
8:46 pm

I'm trying to identify the element in this coat of arms on the LOWER RIGHT. What is that symbol called? I am trying to retrace this coat of arms in Illustrator and looking for a better copy of the elements that make up this chevron.

Thanks for any help!

is a close up of the symbol.
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