Using Heraldry

Using heraldry for others purposes isn’t new, but it can still be exciting, creative, and fulfilling.

How do you use a coat-of-arms, crest, or badge? Or even a charge or symbol?

These marks of heraldry were used as identification on legal documents, and to seal them.

Arms were designed to convey a feeling of power and strength, often using military symbols. Some were a form of corporate logos. They also came to be used by educational and other establishments.

As jousting went out-of-fashion, the coat of arms continued to be used socially as visual identification on sealing wax impressions and family tomb carvings.

Arms and badges were also embroidered and appliqued on

  • Standards, Banners, Pennants
  • Horse Trappings
  • Livery
  • Needlework
  • Clothing
  • Other belongings

For identification and propriety, they were printed on paper products ~

  • Decorative Paper
  • Letterhead
  • Invitations
  • Announcements

Of course, artists used them various art media ~

  • Paintings
  • Stonework
  • Frescoes
  • Stained Glass Windows
  • Etchings
  • Enamel Work
  • Achievements or Hatchments

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