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Can the Britarch brains trust help me with a discussion.
Imagine a shield with an emblem on, supporting beasties on either side a
base and a banner on the base, with a name on.
What part exactly is the Coat of arms is it the whole thing? or is it just
Thank you in advance for all the replies I expect to get.
yeah, I should go to a library but i am based in China and am on my hols in
Thailand so its not so easy for me, (do not be too jealous its so hot)
It is an old British design under discussion<
According to Boutell's Heraldry, "The term "coat of arms" is frequently
used as synonymous with achievement, embracing not only the shield but also
the crest, supporters (if any) and other accesories. Strictly, however, it
applies only to the heraldic insignia now normally displayed on the shield.
A coat of arms was in fact a coat, or tunic, which a man wore over his
armour and on which were painted or embroidered the same devicesa s
appeared on the wearers shield"
In other words the Coat of Arms is actually the PATTERN on the shield.