Thursday, March 11, 2010

Heraldry (Sort of) in Houston, Texas

We had the opportunity in February to travel down to Houston for a presentation.  (I'd been invited to talk about the heralds visitations to the Friends of the Clayton Library down there.)  Having a few extra minutes before driving over the library where the presentation was to be given, we drove around a bit to see what we could see.  And, doggone, if not three blocks from hotel but we found some heraldry.  Sort of.

As you can see, it's not really a coat of arms (it would be, what, Sable, a bendlet sinister [or even a riband* sinister] argent?), and even the shield looks like a combination of shield and single eagle supporter, not too unlike the arms of the United States on the breast of a bald eagle, but done in a very modern style.

But, hey, as I always say, "heraldry is where you find it."  And, as I also note, you can find it just about anywhere.

* Parker's A Glossary of Terms Used in Heraldry defines "riband or ribbon" as "[t]he term Ribbon is used by one or two heraldic writers for a diminutive of the bend, of which it is one-eighth in width."

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