Arms of Hadleigh Town Council, England

Hadleigh

Granted 1618

Blazon: Azure a chevron erminois between three woolpacks argent

Crest: On a wreath or and azure upon a mount vert a Paschal lamb passant argent supporting a cross-staff or flying a pennant azure charged with a woolpack argent

Mantling: Gules lined argent

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Variations on Ermine

Variations on the ermine fur

“Furs” are various patterns in heraldry created to mimic the appearance of actual animal furs. First is ermine, then ermines (ermine in negative, as it were), followed by erminois (in which the sable spots of the ermine are placed on a field or) and pean (or spots on a sable field). 

Ermine is the most frequently used fur in heraldry, and can be seen both on the field and on charges. Ermine spots (which have various designs) can also be used as charges in their own right, although this was rare.