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Today’s heraldic offerings from way back in 1998 are of a couple of companies which don’t seem to have lasted into 2012.
The first is the logo of Windsor Management Company. I suppose if I had to blazon it, it would be: Quarterly: 1st, Vert two bendlets sinister sable; 2nd, Murrey [it's not really gules] four fleurs-de-lis argent (I’m not at all sure how to blazon the arrangement; it’s very odd); 3rd, Murrey seven fleurs-de-lis 1, 2, 1, 2, and 1 argent; 4th, Sable two bendlets vert. I have no idea if the white and black edging should be considered a bordure or merely artistic frou-frou (to use a “technical heraldic term”).
The other is an achievement of arms-like logo used by Ted Prohaska Auto Painting and Collision Works.
The shield has a sinister arm in armor embowed; I’m not sure what the hand is supposed to be holding. The shield is supported by two wolf-like lions standing on a “gas bracket” style compartment. The helm, well, what can I say about the helm? It’s hard to tell if it’s a knight’s helm (affronty with the visor up) or a royal helm (affronty with a barred grill). It’s also difficult to tell if the thing on top of the helm is a cap of maintenance or a royal crown. Whichever it is, it's being improperly used here.