From Lowe's Curiosities of Heraldry: “It does not seem to have occured to these allegorizing worthies that the tincture of a charge may be diametrically opposed to the signification assigned to the charge itself. For example, the coat ‘Vert, a bull's head or’ by the armilogical rules cited above, would signify, as to the tinctures, pleasure and joy, while as to the charge it would mean rage and fury. Again, ‘Purpure, a wolf argent’ would mean ‘a wrangler with a peacable disposition!!’”
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The National Library of Ireland, in conjunction with an exhibition, has created and placed on-line an Educational Resource Pack for teachers entitled “Design Your Own Coat of Arms.” Using the Resource Pack, teachers can recap what their students learned in the exhibition and then have them (the students) create their own coat of arms. The Pack is short, only seven pages, but includes a blank motto scroll and blank shield to fill in.
It is certainly not comprehensive (I did note that it was only seven pages, didn’t I?), but could be a fun activity for pre-teenagers who are learning about heraldry for the first time.