Joshua Ray Jongema (le_veritas) wrote in heraldry,
Joshua Ray Jongema

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?
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