Arms of Außervillgraten, Austria


Granted 1994

Blazon: Per pile and a half* argent and gules, in the sinister an aspen leaf vert

*This particular division of the shield seems to be exclusive to German arms. I have translated it as best I can.


From The Blazon of Gentrieby Sir John Ferne (1586), p202

Blazon: Per quarterly argent and azure a fess and bordure counterchanged

“If any man would see, a coat well counterchanged in his mutable colors, he shall look on this: but in truth, it hath no name.”

From The Blazon of Gentrie by Sir John Ferne (1586), p200

Blazon: Per bend crenellé points pointed one in the other* argent and azure, four crescents interlaced counterchanged

*Crenellé was more generally used as a synonym for embattled. The partition line shown here is not common in English heraldry, nor is the accompanying language.

From The Blazon of Gentrie by Sir John Ferne (1586), p198-199

Blazon: Per saltire or on a bend azure a bendlet gules and of the second three palets argent

“This kind of partition is diversely blazed… the ancients called it Gyronny of four parts. The French blazoners call it, quarterly in bend, of such and such colors.”

Unusual Patterns

From The Blazon of Gentrie by Sir John Ferne (1586), p190

These two coats represent patterns that do not appear, to the best of my knowledge, on any actual coats of arms. According to Ferne, they are exclusively French, but the only place they reliably occur is in heraldic texts.

Left: Argent, papelloné gules. Some sources translate “papelloné” as “feathered,” but since it is probably related to the French word for “butterfly,” it seems to refer to the scaled pattern of their wings.

Right: Or, mouchetté de gules, a plain cross in base sable. “Mouchetté” is slightly more gruesome; the term simply means “flecked” in French, but Ferne specifies that it is meant to represent “pieces of flesh torn off.” As far as I am aware, Ferne is the only heraldic writer to reference this pattern.

Diapering in Ferne

From The Blazon of Gentrie by Sir John Ferne (1586), p189

The above is Ferne’s rendering of diapering, which he insists is a vital difference that must be noted in blazon rather than a method of further ornamenting the shield. The blazon he gives for the above coat is “gules, diapered argent, four fleurs-de-lis azure.” I can find no other source that claims diapering should be noted in the blazon, though he cites a “Bara” for his rule.

Examples of divided ordinaries

From The Blazon of Gentrie by Sir John Ferne, p180

On the left: argent a bend per bend embattled (Ferne has “crenell”) gules and sable between two porches, doors opened, of the third

On the right: Arms of Clyson, gules a fess per fess dancetty (Ferne has “indented point in point”) sable and argent between three owls’ heads erased of the third