Themes in heraldry

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THEMES IN HERALDRY


This page is the starting point to look for a coat of arms with a particular charge or shield division or to identify unknown arms. As not all arms on the site are categorised, I can not guarantee that an image can be found. If you can not find the image, you can also send a mail to see if I can help.

All themes added so far can be found at the Alphabetical list of all themes (over 2100 !) or start with the categories below !

this section is and will always be under construction as the number of charges is endless !

Contents

Divisions of the shield and geometrical patterns (ordinaries and subordinaries)

  • Non divided (plain) shields
Some examples:  
Red
 
Ermine
  •   Division of the shield This includes any form of horizontal, vertical or other division of the whole shield. It also includes wavy and other non straight division lines.
Some examples:  
Per pale
 
Per bend
 
Quarterly
 
Free canton
 
Per saltire
 
Chiefs
 
Bases
  •   Bars, pales, bends etc This includes any pale (vertical), bar (horizontal) or bend (diagonal) in a shield or part thereof. It also includes wavy and other non straight division lines.
Some examples:  
Bars
 
Pales
 
Bends
 
Barry
 
Paly
 
Bendy
 
Chequy
  •   Chevrons This includes any chevron (V-shape) in a shield or part thereof. It also includes wavy and other non straight division lines.
Some examples:  
Chevrons
 
Inverted
 
Wavy
 
Chevronny
  •   Subordinaries This includes any geometrical charge in a shield or part thereof, such as circles (rings, balls), squares, diamonds, lozenges etc.
Some examples:  
Rings
 
Bordures
 
Labels
 
Diamonds
  •   Crosses This includes any type of cross in the whole shield or part thereof. It also includes wavy and other non straight division lines.
Some examples:  
Crosses
 
Saltires
 
Special crosses


Heraldic or phantasy creatures

The arms show a heraldic animal or creature (or a part thereof). This includes the well known heraldic animals, such as lions and eagles, mythological creatures, such as dragons, mermaids and phoenices, but also combined phantasy creatures (deer-fish, winged foxes etc). It also includes zodiac signs.

  •   For an overview of all heraldic or phantasy creatures, see here
Some examples:  
Lions
 
Eagles
 
Griffins
 
Dragons
 
Mermaids etc

Living nature

The arms shows a natural human, plant or animal, or parts thereof

Animals (natural)

Humans

The arms shows humans of parts of humans

For any undefined person showing a profession, see the categories below (f.e. farmers are under the category Agricultre)

Fungi and mushrooms

Plants

Non-living nature

This includes all geological, meteorological or astronomical themes.

Other categories in this section :

Other charges by category


  •   Agriculture and fisheries This includes any type of charge dealing with agriculture and fisheries, except the plants or animals which are listed separately. Agricultural buildings and parts thereof (such as granaries) are listed under buildings.
Some examples:  
Flails
 
Harrows
 
Farmers
 
Horseshoes


  •   Buildings This includes any type of building, old or modern.
Some examples:  
Bridges
 
Farms
 
Lighthouses
 
Windmills
 
Dolmens etc


Some examples:  
Closed books
 
Compasses
 
Letter M
 
Globes
 
Maps


  •   Food and cooking This includes any type of food not listed under Plants. It includes meats, bread, salt and and similar products. It also includes cooking utensils, such as forks, jugs, jars and kettles.
Some examples:  
Cornucopia
 
Hams
 
Leeks
 
Cabbages
 
Kettles


  •   Industry, mining and tools This includes any type of charge dealing with small or large industry, ranging from spinning wheels to nuclear power symbols and chemical structures. Industrial buildings and parts thereof (such as wind mill blades) are listed under buildings. For agricultural and fisheries charges, see Agriculture.
Some examples:  
Hammers
 
Roof tiles
 
Anvils
 
Oil pumps
 
Spindles


Some examples:  
Bagpipes
 
Guitars
 
Harps
 
Lyres
 
Organs and organ pipes


  •   Religious objects This includes anything to do with religion, God, Saints and their symbols, monks, churches, angels etc. of any (former) religion.
Some examples:  
Saints
 
Adam and Eve
 
Monks
 
Lutheran rose
 
Venus


  •   Royalty This includes anything to do with royalty, such as crown, orbs, sceptres etc.
Some examples:  
Crowns
 
Thrones
 
Orbs
 
Sceptres


  •   Sports This includes any sport-relates items or persons.
Some examples:  
Golf
 
Tennis
 
Skis
 
Snowshoes


  •   Clothes This category includes any non-military type of clothes, such as shirts, gloves, hats, boots etc. For helmets, chain mail and military gloves, see Military
Some examples:  
Buckles
 
Shoes
 
Cloaks
 
Wooden shoes
 
Belts


  •   Transport This includes any type of boat, car, train etc as well as parts thereof (wheels, oars).
Some examples:  
Planes
 
Cars
 
Lymphads
 
Single wheels
 
Balloons


  •   Military This includes any type of boat, car, train etc as well as parts thereof (wheels, oars).
Some examples:  
Boomerangs
 
Crossbows
 
Swords
 
Sabres
 
Chain mail


  •   Archaeology This includes any type of human made object found in archaeological excavations, or prehistoric buildings and artefacts.
Some examples:  
Dolmens
 
Urns
 
Carvings
 
Axes


  •   Other objects Any object not classified in any of the categories above (such as candles etc)
Some examples:  
Clocks
 
Escarbuncles
 
Flags
 
Keys
 
Fasces

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