It is a solemn matter to appoint a Herald to your household, for he will be with you, assuming your need for him continues, forever after. His presence alone can turn a simple sandwich into a solemn banquet. Never take a Herald on a picnic. (The Book of Weird)
I'm an Academic Herald. I'm not a "real" herald; I don't register people's coats of arms (though I can certainly suggest designs for those who might be interested). What I do is study, research, teach, and write about heraldry. And I like to share what I have learned about heraldry, hence this blog. I hope that you'll find it informative, interesting at least occasionally, and worth your time to come back. Got a question? Comments? Feel free to let me know. I'd love to hear from you. You can find my contact information in my Profile.
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!