Arms of the borough of Camden

Camden

London, England

Granted 1965

Blazon: Argent on a cross gules a mitre or; on a chief sable three escallops of the field

Crest: On a wreath of the colors issuant from a mural crown argent a demi-elephant sable armed or and gorged with a wreath of holly fructed proper

Supporters: On the dexter a lion and on the sinister a griffin or, each gorged with a collar, the dexter argent charged with three molets of five points sable, the sinister of the last charged with as many molets of as many points of the second, pendant from each a fountain

Mantling: Gules lined argent

Motto: Non sibi sed toti (Not for self but for all)

The cross, mural crown, and supporters are derived from the arms of the former borough of Holborn, while those of Hampstead yielded the mitre and the holly wreath, and the escallops and elephant are from St. Pancras. The supporters each correspond to one of the Inns of Court in the borough; the lion is for Lincoln’s Inn, and the griffin for Gray’s.

You know what, it could be worse. At least some of the way-too-many charges are interesting – you don’t see a lot of elephants, and I obviously have a soft spot for griffins. Yes, the level of detail on the collars is incredibly nitpicky, and the colors in this depiction don’t entirely match the blazon, but the actual arms themselves aren’t terrible. The argent-cross-gules is a reference to the city arms, and it obeys the laws of tincture, and honestly, the arms of the London boroughs are so weird and visually messy that I’ll just take what I can get.

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Arms of Socovos, Spain

Socovos

In use since at least 1991

Blazon: Per pale argent a cross of Santiago gules between two escallops in base proper and azure a castle triple-towered argent windowed sable

I’ve chosen to blazon the escallops as proper, because while proper charges can be placed upon any metal, tincture, or fur, argent-on-argent is definitely not allowable. The “proper” color of a scallop shell is very similar to argent, so while this configuration is acceptable under the rules of blazon, it is probably not the most effective design choice.

Arms of Woodbridge Town Council, England

Woodbridge

Granted 1975

Blazon: Per bend argent and barry wavy of the last and azure on a bend gules three escallops of the first in sinister chief a rose flowered, slipped, and leaved proper

Crest: On a wreath argent and gules on the stump of an oak tree sprouting proper a cock head to the dexter vert in front of a cock head to the sinister or, both beaked, legged, combed, and wattled gules

Mantling: Gules lined argent

Motto: Preservation and progress

Arms of Claude de Rouvroy

Rouvroy

Duke of Saint-Simon 1635-1693, viscount of Clastres, baron of Benay (1607-1693)

Blazon: Per quarterly I and IV per pale i chequy or and azure, on a chief of the second, three fleurs-de-lis of the first (Vermandois) and ii sable on a cross argent five escallops gules (Rouvroy), II and III or a fess gules (Havesquerke-Rasse); overall in the fess point an escutcheon lozengy gules and argent, a chief of the last* (La Vacquerie)

*This depiction has the chief in question or; however, the official blazon specifies argent.

Arms of Tendring District Council, England

Tendring

Granted 1975

Blazon: Azure on a fess between two chevrons argent a mural crown gules all between two flaunches of the second each charged with as many bars wavy of the field surmounted by a seaxe point in chief proper

Crest: On a wreath of the colors an ancient ship gules flying flags and pennon of St. George, charged on the hull with three escallops and pendant from the yardam by chains a portcullis or nailed and spiked azure

Mantling: Argent lined azure

Motto: Pro bono ominum (For the good of all)