Arms of Alcázar de San Juan, Spain

Alcazar de San Juan

Granted 1992

Blazon: Azure on a base a triple-towered castle or windowed gules in the dexter; in the sinister a knight armored bearing in the dexter hand a lance proper and in the sinister hand a banner of the third a cross argent mounted on a horse salient of the last saddled, bridled, and caprisoned also proper

The knight is potentially a reference to the Knights Hospitaller, who took control of the town in 1189 – the banner matches their arms. The name of the town is probably derived from the Arabic “Al-kasar,” or “fortified castle.”

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Arms of Louis d’Appiani d’Aragon

Louis d'Appiani

(1533-1592)

Blazon: Per quarterly I and IV  lozengy argent and gules (Appiani), II and III per quarterly i and iv tierced per pale 1 barry of eight gules and argent (Hungary ancien), 2 azure semé de lis or (France ancien), and 3 argent a cross paté between four crosses or (Jerusalem), ii and iii or four palets gules (Aragon); overall a chief gules a cross argent (Savoy)

“Louis” appears to be Alfonso d’Appiani, brother of Jacopo VI. He seems to have been a military man, possibly serving under Ferdinando II de’ Medici, Grand Duke of Tuscany.

Arms of the House of Appiani of Aragon

Appiani of Aragon

In use since 1445?

Blazon: Per quarterly I and IV  lozengy argent and gules (Appiani), II and III per quarterly i and iv tierced per pale 1 barry of eight gules and argent (Hungary ancien), 2 azure semé de lis or (France ancien), and 3 argent a cross paté between four crosses or (Jerusalem), ii and iii or four palets gules (Aragon)

The alliance between the Appianis and the house of Aragon began (informally) in 1445, when Emanuele Appiani married Colia de’ Giudici, the illegitimate daughter of King Alfonso V of Naples. His great-grandson Jacopo V also married into the house of Aragon via Marianna of Aragon in 1510, though she died before she could bear any children.

Arms of Rene Potier

Potier

Count of Tresmes 1630-1648, duke of Tresmes 1648-1669 (1579-1670)

Blazon: Per quarterly I azure a bend argent* between two wyverns rampant or (Baillet), II or in the dexter corner of a chief gules an escutcheon of Montmorency, the dexter chief quarter argent a molet of five points sable (Aunoy), III or a cross gules between sixteen alerions azure (Montmorency), IV argent a chief gules surmounted by a lion rampant azure (Vendôme), overall in the fess point an escutcheon azure three dexter hands couped or surmounted by a quarter chequy of argent and the field (Potier)

*Although it is shown here as or, the blazon specifies argent.

Arms of Waltham Abbey Town Council, England

Waltham Abbey

Granted 1956

Blazon: Argent on a cross engrailed sable a lion’s head caboshed between four cross crosslets or

Crest: Out of a coronet of fleurs-de-lis or a demi-stag at gaze proper charged on the shoulder with a fountain and holding in the mouth a seaxe argent pommel and hilt or

Mantling: Gules lined argent

Motto: Sanctae nomine crucis (The Holy Cross by name)