Many other ensigns also are allowed to a king, for the setting forth of his majesty, and to the declaration of his function, as, a Mound or ball of gold, with the cross upon it [orb], to signify, that the religion and faith of Christ ought to be reverenced throughout all his dominions. The scepter also in the one hand signefieth Justice, and the sword in the other teacheth vengeance.
– From The Blazon of Gentrie by Sir John Ferne (1586), p144
From The Blazon of Gentrie by Sir John Ferne, p154
On the left: legendary* arms attributed to “Osyris alias Jupiter King of Egypt”: azure a royal sceptre palewise ensigned with an eye or.
On the right: legendary arms attributed to “Hercules, King of Lybia”: gules a lion rampant holding in his paws a battle-axe or
*In the sixteenth century, it was very popular to attribute arms to figures from history, myth, or legend, a trend that was certainly popularized by Sir John Ferne. It is not entirely clear whether these figures actually existed, or bore arms if they did.
Blazon: Per pale I per fess argent and azure, a demi-eagle displayed issuant from the partition line sable, armed or, langued gules, II or seven towers gules 3, 3, and 1; on a chief azure in dexter a sun or and in sinister a crescent increscent argent; overall in the fess point an escutcheon azure, a sceptre or bendwise surmounted by a dexter arm armored and bearing a sword argent, hilted and issuant from a crown of the second (Barcsay)
Blazon: Azure an eagle displayed holding in its beak a cross pate fitchy or, armed and langued gules, crowned argent, in the dexter claw a sword of the fourth hilted of the second, in the sinister a sceptre of the last, charged on the breast with an escutcheon per quarterly I azure an eagle displayed holding in its beak a cross pate fitchy or, armed and langued gules, between a sun and a crescent increscent in chief of the second (Wallachia); II gules a bull’s head caboshed, in chief a molet of five points, in base dexter a sun, and in base sinister a crescent increscent, all or (Moldova); III gules a demi-lion issuant from a bridge or above water in
base proper (Banat); IV per fess gules 1 azure a demi-eagle issuant from the partition sable, armed or, langued gules, between a sun of the third and a crescent decrescent argent and 2 or seven towers 4 and 3 (Transylvania); pointe azure two dolphins embowed, addorsed, and reversed or (Dobruja); overall in the fess point an escutcheon per quarterly argent and sable (Hohenzollern)
Blazon: Azure the Virgin Mary proper, robed argent, crowned and crined or, bearing in her dexter hand a sceptre of the last and in her sinister the Christ Child proper, her foot upon a crescent moon of the third
Arms of the Kingdom of Montenegro, 1910-1918 Blazon: Gules a double-headed eagle displayed argent, armed, langued, and crowned or, bearing in the dexter claw a sceptre of the last, and in the sinister, an orb azure garnished of the third, … Continue reading →
From A Complete Guide to Heraldry by A. C. Fox-Davies, p. 236 Blazon: Argent an eagle beaked, armed, and crowned or, in the dexter claw a baton and in the sinister a sword, both of the second charged with an escutcheon azure … Continue reading →