From The Blazon of Gentrie by Sir John Ferne (1586), p192

Blazon: Gules an eagle displayed chequy or and azure

“Do you find fault with it, because the Eagle, is not borne to her nature… That consideration is too too childish: and therefore, you shall abandon it.” – Paradius, the herald

Arms of Albacete, Spain (province)

In use since 1994

Blazon: Gules on the dexter two keys in saltire argent, joined in base by a chain sable (Alcaraz), on the sinister a winged hand or bearing a sword palewise proper (Villena); pointé in base argent a cross flory fitchy of the first (Santiago); overall in the fess point an escutcheon of the second, three towers 1 and 2 of the fourth windowed azure, in chief a bat of the third (Albacete)


None of the ordinaries have so uncertain an origin as the Chevron, which is so called from its expansion like the roof of a house, to which etymology Legh inclines when speaking of a person who bore three chevronels, ‘the ancestors of this coat hath built three great houses in one province.’

-From Inquiries into the Origin and Progress of the Science of Heraldry in England by James Dallaway, p457 (1793)

Former arms of Albacete, Spain (province)

In use 1956-1994

Blazon: Party of eight: I argent three towers 2 and 1 or, windowed azure, in chief a bat displayed sable (Albacete); II argent an eagle displayed sable charged on the breast with an escutcheon of the field per quarterly, i and ii a fleur-de-lis or, iii and iv a lion rampant of the second (Yeste); III gules a castle triple-towered argent, windowed azure between two keys palewise of the second joined by a chain sable, all within a bordure of the second charged with the motto “Clavis hispanise e caput tottus estremadurae”* of the fourth (Alcaraz); IV vert a castle triple-towered argent windowed azure between in chief two eagles volant respectant, wings addorsed and inverted sable and in base two stags springing respectant proper (Chinchilla); V argent a castle triple-towered proper windowed azure between two lioncels rampant combatant, in chief issuant from a marquise’s coronet an arm embowed armored and holding a sword, all proper (Hellin); VI azure a tower argent masoned and windowed sable between an R in dexter and an F in sinister of the second (La Roda); VII gules an obelisk or (Casas Ibañez); VIII per pale i azure a castle or triple-towered windowed gules on a rocky mount couped proper, in chief two winged hands argent bearing swords palewise of the second and ii gules an obelisk bearing six flags argent, in chief a lion rampant proper crowned or (Almansa); overall in the fess point an escutcheon per fess, I per pale i gules a castle triple-towered or windowed azure (Castile) and azure three fleurs-de-lis or within a bordure gules (Bourbon-Anjou), II argent three towers 2 and 1 or, windowed azure, in chief a bat displayed sable (Albacete)

*Roughly, “the key to Spain and the outermost reaches”