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achievement of arms

achievement of arms  

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Collected armorial ensigns consisting of shield of arms, crest, helm, mantling, and motto, with supporters and heraldic badge as appropriate. It is corrupted as hatchment, and this term denotes an ...
armiger

armiger  

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Someone who is entitled to bear a coat of arms, an esquire.
armorial

armorial  

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A coat of arms used as a decorative motif, especially on 18th-century Chinese export porcelain, where pieces were decorated in China with European coats of arms for export to Europe.
Chinese export porcelain

Chinese export porcelain  

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The term used for Chinese porcelain made specifically for the European market. Ming blue and white wares were exported during the 16th century and by the 17th century large quantities of porcelain, ...
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The Oxford Dictionary of Phrase and Fable (2 ed.)

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2006

coat of arms a coat or vest embroidered with heraldic arms, a herald's tabard; the distinctive heraldic bearings or shield of a person, family, corporation, or country....

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The Oxford Dictionary of Local and Family History

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2003
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Distinctive heraldic bearings. The name is derived from the 13th-century fashion of applying armorial bearings to a surcoat.

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A Dictionary of English Manuscript Terminology 1450–2000

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2011
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A coat of arms is the distinctive heraldic bearings of a gentleman or nobleman incorporated in a shield or escutcheon,

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The Oxford Companion to Local and Family History (2 ed.)

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2009
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Distinctive heraldic bearings. The name is derived from the 13th‐century fashion of applying armorial bearings to a surcoat. See Thomas Woodcock...

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The Concise Oxford Dictionary of Art Terms (2 ed.)

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A shield bearing a person or institution's *heraldic bearings. The term derives from the linen surcoat worn by medieval knights over their chain mail. Strictly speaking, only the shield ... More
Coats of Arms

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The Oxford Dictionary of Byzantium

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2005
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The use of heraldic insignia as a symbolic representation of families did not develop in Byz. The broad range of

College of Arms

College of Arms  

In the UK, a corporation which officially records and grants armorial bearings. Formed in 1484, it comprises three Kings of Arms, six heralds, and four pursuivants.
eagle

eagle  

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This large bird of prey, renowned for its keen sight and powerful soaring flight, is traditionally regarded as the king of birds. In the 15th-century Boke of St Albans, the eagle is listed in ...
esquire

esquire  

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Originally the shield‐bearer to a knight, by the 16th century an officer of the Crown, and in the following two centuries a man with a coat of arms who was a superior gentleman. In the 19th century ...
fire-back

fire-back  

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As its name implies, a thick panel of cast iron placed at the back of a fire to protect the wall behind from the heat of the fire. Fire-backs have been made since the 16th century and were often ...
gentry

gentry  

Technically the gentry consists of four separately defined groups, socially inferior only to the ranks of the peerage. The senior rank is that of baronet, a position founded in 1611 by James I giving ...
hall chair

hall chair  

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An English chair with a solid seat and back, usually of mahogany, manufactured from the early 18th to the mid-19th century, used in halls and corridors. They were often decorated with a coat of arms ...
inn names and signs

inn names and signs  

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In an illiterate age each tradesman found it necessary to advertise his business by hanging a sign outside his premises. Most of these have long since been abandoned, though the barber's pole and the ...
insignia

insignia  

Latin insigne, emblem or symbol. Physical emblems (indicia) of status or authority, particularly in government or its organs (e.g. in parliament, courts, the defence forces). Flags, robes, badges and ...
map

map  

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The Ionian Greeks produced the first maps in the classical tradition (Eratosthenes attributed the first map to Anaximander); the one shown to Cleomenes I of Sparta by Aristagoras of Miletus is one ...
marshalling

marshalling  

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In heraldry, the proper arrangement of armorial bearings to denote rank and condition, connection by marriage, or representation of families. Most marshalling consists of a combination of two or more ...

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