Arms of the City of Belfast, from Fictitious and Symbolic Creatures in Art by John Vinycomb, p273 Blazon: Per fess, the first vair chausse argent, on a canton gules a bell of the second; azure a ship in full sail on … Continue reading →
The Sea-horse is of very frequent use in armory, and usually has reference to meritorious actions performed at sea. It is also borne by many seaport towns in allusion to the trade and commerce of the port, as in the arms of the city of Belfast.
From Fictitious and Symbolic Creatures in Art by John Vinycomb, p273
Arms of Rottweil, Germany Blazon: Or an eagle displayed sable armed and langued gules perched on an antler fesswise in base of the second and charged on the breast with an escutcheon per fess argent and the third.
This fabulous marine creature [the sea-horse] in heraldry is compounded of the fore quarters of a horse with webbed paws, and the hinder part of a fish or dolphin. A scalloped fin is continued down the neck and back in place of a mane. It is frequently, though erroneously, to be seen depicted with the flowing mane of a horse.
From Fictitious and Symbolic Creatures in Art by John Vinycomb, p272