Arms of Malsch, Germany

Malsch

Granted 1900

Blazon: Azure a cross gyronny argent dimidiated with gules a Sester* of the second

*A German heraldic charge meant to represent either an ancient measure of grain or the mineral salt

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Arms of Great Yarmouth Borough Council, England

In use since at least 1563; registered 1908

Blazon: Gules three lions passant guardant or dimidiated with azure as many herrings in pale fesswise argent

Motto: Rex et nostra jura (The King and our rights)

The device of the lions dimidiated with herrings is obviously related to the famously peculiar arms of Cinqe Ports, though it is not clear whether this is an intentional homage or another case of dimidiation having an unexpected result.

Seal of William de Fortibus

1242

From Inquiries into the Origin and Process of the Science of Heraldry in England by James Dallaway, p445

The arms on the dexter side of the shield are those of de Fortibus, gules a cross patonce vair, and those on the sinister are or a lion rampant azure, the paternal arms of his wife, Isabella de Fortibus, nee Redvers. His arms are dimidiated while hers are impaled.

 

An ample field of heraldic invention was now [during the reign of Richard II] expanded; for the escocheon, no longer singly charged with the hereditary bearing, admitted those of the wife by dimidiation or impalement, and of heirs general by quartering.

-From Inquiries into the Origin and Process of the Science of Heraldry in England by James Dalloway, p116