Coat of Arms
History of COA
Displaying one’s heritage is important to a lot of us, and because of this we have produced a range of items in various combinations that enables us to turn your family or companies coat of arms or crest into a creative work of art, in wood, metal, canvas, glass or paper. Ideal as gifts, these reproductions can be handed down from one generation to the next. Discover the various options available by clicking on the OPTIONS AVAILABLE button in the menu
A BRIEF HISTORY ON HERALDRY
The origins of heraldry (“the practise of devising, displaying and recording coats of arms) stretch back into ancient times during the Roman Empire. Although truly heraldic devices belonging to INDIVIDUALS were only introduced during the reign of Charlemagne in the late 700’s. Heraldry was introduced as a method to easily distinguish participants (mainly knights) that were engaged in combat. Colours and designs were kept as simple as possible and governed by what is now known as the Rule of Tincture which states that one colour may not be placed over another colour so that identification remains the most notable concern. Crests and coats of arms are described within a system called “blazoning of arms” which is an anglicised version of Norman French. A person entitled to inherit a coat of arms is known as a “armiger”.
The crest of a coat of arms stands on top of the helmet, much like a crest on a birds head. Generally objects that are represented in crests are mainly animals (bird’s wings, lions etc…) but sometimes half human figures, or hands/arms holding weapons. In Germany and within countries surrounding it, the crest is often represented with a fan of plumes, a tall hat or a pair of horns, and is often duplicated in the shield as well.
Today in the UK, the crests of newly granted Knights of the Garter, the most ancient order of chivalry in the UK dating back to 1348 (King Edward III), are carved from lime wood and displayed above the Knights assigned choir stall in each of their respective chapels.