Monday, February 28, 2011

Heraldry in Florence, Part Seventeen

I found this next coat of arms to be an interesting one.  Though it contains a ladder as the sole charge on the field, it is not canting heraldry like the arms of Scala ("ladder" in Italian is "scaletta"), nor is it the arms of the Galilei family (Or a ladder gules), whose most famous member, Galileo, resided in Florence.

However, there is a clue to the owner of this coat of arms in the picture above.  Not on the shield itself, but in the birds flanking the shield in this decorative tympanum.  They are falcons, and the arms are those of Falconieri, Gules a ladder checky argent and azure.

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