From Lowe's Curiosities of Heraldry: “It does not seem to have occured to these allegorizing worthies that the tincture of a charge may be diametrically opposed to the signification assigned to the charge itself. For example, the coat ‘Vert, a bull's head or’ by the armilogical rules cited above, would signify, as to the tinctures, pleasure and joy, while as to the charge it would mean rage and fury. Again, ‘Purpure, a wolf argent’ would mean ‘a wrangler with a peacable disposition!!’”
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A recent article in the Toronto Sun noted the sale this summer of an early version of Canada's former flag. This Red Ensign, dated 1868, consists of a red ground, a canton of the Union Jack, and in the fly a quartered shield containing the arms of the founding provinces of Canada: Ontario, Quebec, New Brunswick, and Nova Scotia.
The flag, in pristine condition, dates back to a year after Canada became a Confederation in 1867.
Sotheby's Canada expects the flag to bring in $40,000-$60,000 when it is sold. So start saving your pennies now!