Former arms of the House of Scaligeri

Scaligeri

In use 1262?-1551?

Blazon: Gules a ladder in pale argent

These arms are a classic example of canting arms – “la scala” is “ladder” in Italian, which is almost identical to the family name of Scaligeri or della Scala. The first recorded della Scala was a clothes merchant named in an 1180 document. The Scaligeri later ruled Verona from¬†1262 through 1387, when they were ousted after a few decades of fratricide and tyranny. However, they made numerous unsuccessful attempts to recover the city, proving half the truth in their family motto, Nec descendere nec morari (neither descending nor stopping).

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Arms of Krauchenwies, Germany

Krauchenwies
Granted 1949

Blazon: Per fess argent issuant from a triple mount in base vert a ladder gules and of the last a stag statant or

The ladder (leiter) is a canting allusion to the first lords of Krauchenwies, the Lords of Leiterberg.