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Heraldry and the historical Coat of Arms

A Short (very much abridged) History Lesson:

A “coat of arms” was originally granted to a warrior by his sovereign in recognition of his fidelity, honor, and skill on the field of battle. Therefore, the design of each set of arms was intended to reflect such honorable traits as were attributed to that particular warrior. When displayed during combat on armor, shields, tack, and banners, troops could identify, then rally around, their leader.

While this service does not guarantee direct lineage to the original grantee, each design is thoroughly researched by cross-referencing multiple historic armorial references using such ancestral information as is available from the client. As much as I’d love to do business with absolutely everyone, there are some family names that truly have no heraldic record (regardless of what some fly-by-night companies will tell you). Custom design services are available for those with no historic record. For further information on custom design services, please scroll to the bottom of the page.

Even though each coat of arms was granted to a single individual, and not actually to a family line, many people enjoy owning, and privately displaying, a coat of arms historically associated with their family name. In fact, many coats of arms are purchased with the intent to pass along from generation to generation. That being said, there are rules of law that govern the public display of coats of arms according to actual ownership, as a set of arms does not legally belong to an individual simply because the last name is the same. As a result, many businesses and individuals who desire a coat of arms for business purposes, commission an original, custom design to ensure there is no infringement upon the original grant. This service is for artwork only, custom or historical representation, and does not include genealogical research or arms registration.

For more information and specific documentation on arms registration please refer to the following links:

In the U.K.
http://college-of-arms.gov.uk/
http://www.theheraldrysociety.com/home.htm

In the U.S.
http://www.americancollegeofheraldry.org/body.html
http://usheraldicregistry.com/
http://www.ngsgenealogy.org/

And for arms matriculation and registration:

http://www.americancollegeofheraldry.org/achreply.html#c
http://www.americancollegeofheraldry.org/achregister.html
http://www.americanheraldry.org/pages/index.php?n=Registration.Domestic#toc2



Custom design services for those wishing to create an entirely new set of arms for personal or business use are available upon request. Please contact the artist for more information as there is NO charge for inquiries or initial consultation.

Custom design services are available for $25.00 an hour with an initial, minimal charge of 2 hours design time.
Hazyree and The Boss.

Custom Heraldry and Surname Coat of Arms Design Services

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Overview

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  • Materials: watercolor, ink, archival ink
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