Arms of the First French Empire

First French Empire

In use 1804 – 1814

Blazon: Azure an eagle displayed, wings inverted, reguardant and holding in its claws a lightning bolt or

This is the second-last variation on French national arms before we start on geographical arms, because how do you not talk about Napoleon? As a scion of a Tuscan noble family, he did actually have family arms (gules two bendlets between as many molets of five points or) which he was entitled to bear as a private citizen, but, well, Napoleon. To be fair, though, instituting a new national coat of arms after such a drastic regime change is pretty standard in European history. The selection of the eagle, especially holding the thunderbolt, was intended to invoke the ancient Roman empire and the god Jupiter. It’s probably also worth mentioning the bees on the mantle supporting the arms; they were intended as a reference to the ancient monarchs of France, as golden bees were found in the tomb of Childeric I, who founded the Merovingian dynasty in 457.

Arms of Donnersbach, Austria


Granted 1979

Blazon: Azure a chief gules, the partition line surmounted by five thunderbolts or

The arms are intended to be canting, with the azure field representing “bach,” or water, and the thunderbolts representing “donner,” or lightning. (While thunderbolts are usually drawn as zigzag lines terminating in arrowheads, they are also sometimes rendered as bundles of lightning, as here. I believe these are intended to be more similar to the linked depiction.)

Arms of West Lindsey District Council, England

West Lindsey

Granted 1974

Blazon: Vert a fess ermine of five spots between in chief an eagle displayed, wings inverted perched on a thunderbolt fesswise between two garbs or and in base on water barry wavy argent and azure a Viking ship of third, sails of the fourth

Crest: On a wreath vert and argent on a mount an oak tree proper fructed or bound thereto by a chain proper two anchors in saltire of the third

Supporters: On the dexter a Lincolnshire Red Shorthorn Bull and on the sinister a Lincoln Longwool Ram both guardant proper, each supporting a croizer or

Mantling: Vert lined argent

Motto: Strive for the gain of all

Arms of Halstead Town Council, England


Granted 1964

Blazon: Per chevron vert and azure, in chief two shuttles palewise in fess proper, in base a thunderbolt or

Crest: On a wreath argent and vert in front of a saltire azure on a mount of the second a garb proper

Mantling: Vert lined argent

Motto: Consilio et prudentia (By wisdom and foresight)


Talking about my country with my crowbabe reminded me how much I like tradition and history. GoT reminded me how much I like insignia.
Important municipal arms and other coat of arms throughout my life!
From the top:
Mariefred – my birthtown.
Strängnäs – the nearest “larger” town, where most of my friends studied.
Stallarholmen – gave me my appreciation of nature
Åkers styckebruk – developed my diving and swimming.
Eskilstuna – where I studied for three years in highschool
Södermanland County – where most of my life has taken place.
Stockholm – capitol of Sweden and my current place of residence
Greater Coat of Arms of Sweden

Mariefred: Azure a sun surmounted by the Virgin holding her Child or standing on a crescent fesswise argent

Strangnas: Or the figures of St. Peter on the dexter and St. Paul on the sinister, nimbed argent robed gules and cloaked vert, bearing in their sinister hands a key azure for St. Peter and a sword of the same for St. Paul

Stallarholmen: Or a selbåge* sable

Akers styckebruk: Sable a cannon palewise between two palm branches or

Eskilstuna: Argent an anvil sable issuant from a base wavy azure; issuant from a cloud nebuly of the third in the sinister chief point a dexter arm gules bearing a hammer of the second

Sodermanland County: Or a griffin rampant segreant sable, armed and langued gules

Stockholm: Azure the head of St. Erik crowned or


Blazon: Per quarterly by a cross or the first and fourth azure three crowns of the first, second and third bendy sinister wavy of the second and argent, a lion rampant crowned of the first armed and langued gules; in the fess point an escutcheon per pale, the first tierced in bend of the second, third, and fourth, a vase of the first; the second of the second issuant from the sea in base wavy a bridge with three arches and two towers of the third, in honor point an eagle reguardant wings displayed and inverted resting on thunderbolts of the first, in chief the constellation of the Big Dipper of the same

Supporters: Two lions rampant reguardant, colored as in the arms

Mantling: Purpre lined ermine

*Despite much Googling, my Swedish is nonexistent, and I have no idea what this implement is. If anyone knows Swedish or is familiar with this tool, please let me know.