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.
I didn’t have to walk around Florence to see this next coat of arms – it actually drove right past me!
This bit of heraldry was painted on the side of one of the Alfa-Romeo automobiles used by the Carabinieri, or more fully, Arma dei carabinieri, which is the national gendarmerie of Italy, policing both the military and civilian populations. The main charge on the coat of arms is a grenade, a charge which is also used by the French Foreign Legion. The gazelle is presumably related to the organization’s mandate to quickly respond when needed.