frjemdlingen: Coat of Arms of the Kingdom of the Netherlands Blazon: Azure bilette or, a lion rampant crowned of the last armed and langued gules, a sword argent hilted of the second, in his sinister seven arrows of the fourth … Continue reading →
Arms of Aix-en-Provence, France Blazon: Or four palets gules, a chief tierced in pale; the first argent a cross potent between four crosses humetty of the field; the second azure seme de lis of the field, a label of the … Continue reading →
Some other big cats featured in heraldry, besides the lion. From left to right, top to bottom: the heraldic tyger; the Bengal tiger; the leopard; the cat-a-mountain. All are shown passant, except the cat-a-mountain, which is passant guardant.
…Even in the best books on heraldry, natural history, and in other illustrated publications, the elephant is rarely to be seen correctly delineated. A peculiarity in his formation is that the hind legs bend in the same manner as the fore legs, so that, unlike other quadrupeds, it can kneel and rest on its four knees, whereas it is usually depicted with the hind legs to bend in the same way as those of the horse or the cow.
From Fictitious and Symbolic Creatures in Art by John Vinycomb, p10
A few of the nautical charges common in heraldry. From left to right, top to bottom: the anchor; the escallop; the lymphad, or ship, with sails furled; the whelk-shell. Ships should be blazoned as specifically as possible, including the number of masts, whether the sails are furled or not and their color, and if there are any flags.
The salamander in flames, of frequent occurence in heraldry, is of this class. Like the toad, ‘ugly and venemous’, the salamander was regarded by the ancients with the utmost horror and aversion. It was accredited with wondrous qualities, and the very sight of it ‘abominable and fearful to behold.’
From Fictitious and Symbolic Creatures in Art by John Vinycomb, p8