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’m sure that at one time or another you’ve seen one of those fundraising programs where you can “buy a brick” for some construction or other, and for your donation, they’ll carve your name on the brick before it’s put in place, thus marking you forever after as one of the donors.
Well, it seems that this is an older practice than I had previously realized. Along the front steps leading up to the Basilica di Santa Mariadel Fiore, I found a number of the steps where not only were the names of the individuals carved into their face, but also the coats of arms of those folks.
Now, how cool is that? It makes me wonder if something like this couldn’t be used nowadays, in these trying economic times. Need more money for that underfunded construction project? Heraldry to the rescue!