Arms of Teramo, Italy


Granted 1938

Blazon: Gules a bend between two crosses botony argent

I am a little ticked off that there seems to be so little background on such beautiful and visually appealing arms. I did find some versions that have the bend emblazoned with the Latinized version of the name, “Teramum,” but that’s not mentioned in the 1938 decree, so I’m fairly confident in leaving it off. The decree, however, didn’t seem to feel the need to explain where the design came from. It seems like in the 1920s, the province was using per bend argent, thereon “Teramo” sable, or and gules, two crosses couped counterchanged, so the current design is probably at least partly adapted from that.

Arms of Kirchentellinsfurt, Germany


In use since 1987

Blazon: Gules a pall reversed wavy argent between two crosses botony or

I can’t find very much on these arms; there are records of them going back to 1987, but it seems likely that they were granted earlier. Given the wavy argent nature of the main charge, I’d speculate that it’s intended to represent the joining of the Echaz and Neckar rivers. If this is the case, the arms may be partly canting, since the municipality consists of two former towns joined together: Kirchen (“church”) and Tälisfurt (“ford in the small valley”). It’s possible the crosses represent the former part of the name, although it’s equally possible they’re just crosses.

Crosses from The Blazon of Gentrie

By Sir John Ferne, p172-4

Left to right:

Arms of the city of Constantinople: gules a cross couped or between four Greek letters Beta, addorsed argent. At the time Ferne was writing (1586), the term “Humet” or humetty (synonymous with couped) was “very new,” and he preferred to call it “a Crosse plaine of equall length.” (172)

Blazon: Azure on a cross couped argent another gules. Except for the above preference for “plain” over “couped,” this blazon has changed very little since Ferne’s time.

Blazon: Or a cross botony umbrated (shadowed). The field is or with the outline of a cross botony. Ferne speculates that “this crosse perhaps hath been remoued and washed away through some either ungentle, or at least unthrifty qualities,” but there is no historical record of using umbration as an abatement, and I have never encountered an umbrated coat outside of heraldic texts.