Thursday, May 24, 2012

Heraldry In and Around Dallas, Texas (circa 1998)

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.


  1. Maybe it's a paint nozzle squirting auto paint! Aure, there's no hose or paint reservoir attached, but there's no shoulder attached to the arm either. (Heehee)

  2. I built a number of signs for Ted over the years, although I didn't do the billboards. Ted is probably the nicest person I've done business with over the last four decades.

    Over thirty years ago, we had an intricate hand carved version of his coat of arms made that was about 3-1/2' x 4-1/2' and used it as a mold to cast successive ones out of Aluminum. The visor is closed and the knight's arm is holding a cluster of acorns.

    Once, as we were installing some signs, we started asking the significance of various parts of the coat of arms. When we asked about the acorns, Ted Jr. told us: "It means I'll hit you with an oak plank if you don't stop asking questions and get back to work!"