Thursday, August 26, 2010

More International Heraldry from The Mariners’ Museum

Another well done achievement of non-U.S. arms found at The Mariners’ Museum in Newport News, Virginia (you can find out more about the Museum from their website,, is this 19th Century carving of the arms of the Kingdom of the Netherlands.
The arms may be blazoned in English as: Azure billety, a lion rampant or, armed and langued gules, crowned with the Royal Netherlands crown, a sword proper bendwise sinister in its right paw, a garb of seven arrows inverted argent with heads tied with a ribbon or in its left paw. The shield is ensigned with the Royal Netherlands crown and is supported by two lions rampant guardant silver (today they are lions rampant [not guardant] or), armed and langued gules, atop a ribbon bearing the motto JE MAINTIENDRAI (I will maintain). (The motto today is usually in gold letters on a blue ribbon; here, obviously, it is in black on white.)

It’s always a pleasure to see a well-done three-dimensional rendering of a coat of arms, with or without the external ornaments, and this is a very nice piece.

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