Two relatively uncommon partitions of the field, mostly seen in French heraldry. On the left is chapé; the field is the middle portion. On the right is chaussé, which is essentially a pile expanded to the width of the top of the shield. See other examples here and here. The arms are, respectively, Boutren of Franqueville (gules chapé argent) and De Bressy of Sablous (gules chaussé ermine).
Arms of Algernon Seymour, first earl of Northumberland* (1742-1817) Blazon: Per quarterly I and IV, gules three lions passant guardant or, armed and langued azure (England) chausse or six fleurs-de-lis azure; II and III gules a pair of wings conjoined in … Continue reading