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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An article in My Town Crier dated August 22, 2012, is a brief look at Donald Black of Don Valley Village in Canada, a former attorney who now carves coats of arms as a hobby. (Large coats of arms; the heraldic panels with him in the photographs in the article appear to be about 4' x 4'.)
He says that some of his favorite pieces include those he has done for Osgoode Hall, Upper Canada College and the personal coat of arms he carved for former governor general Michaëlle Jean. That piece is now displayed in a public school in Ottawa bearing her name. “She said it was so impressive it would just be a shame if she kept it in her home,” he said. “She felt it should be on public display.” The rendition just below of Ms. Jean’s coat of arms can be found in the Public Register of Arms, Flags and Badges on the website of the Canadian Heraldic Authority at: http://archive.gg.ca/heraldry/pub-reg/project-pic.asp?lang=e&ProjectID=929&ProjectElementID=3456