Monday, February 21, 2011

Heraldry in Florence, Part Fifteen

Today’s coat of arms was found in two different renditions in different media, though both on the same building, the Palazzo Vecchietti.

The arms are those of Vecchietti, blazoned as Azure five ermines proper, two, two and one, heads to chief respectant.

Ermines proper are, of course, white with black at the tips of their tails.

The arms are a bit unusual in that the arrangement of the ermines is oddly balanced, with all of the charges almost passant erect and facing towards the center of the shield. And yet it’s really nice, simple heraldry, quickly and easily identifiable.

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