“What is it that induceth you, what stirs you up to believe, or who told you that white signifieth faith, and blue constancy? An old paltry book, say you, sold by the hawking pedlars and balladmongers, entitled The Blason of Colours. Who made it? Whoever it was, he was wise in that he did not set his name to it. But, besides, I know not what I should rather admire in him, his presumption or his s...ottishness. His presumption and overweening, for that he should without reason, without cause, or without any appearance of truth, have dared to prescribe, by his private authority, what things should be denotated and signified by the colour: which is the custom of tyrants, who will have their will to bear sway in stead of equity, and not of the wise and learned, who with the evidence of reason satisfy their readers. His sottishness and want of spirit, in that he thought that, without any other demonstration or sufficient argument, the world would be pleased to make his blockish and ridiculous impositions the rule of their devices.” - Rabelais
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Thursday, April 10, 2014
Another Bit of Heraldic Serendipity
Puttering about on the internet the other day, as I occasionally do, I ran across another sports team with a coat of arms-like logo:
The Charleston Battery is an American professional futbol (what we call "soccer" here) team based in Charleston, South Carolina. Founded in 1993, the team plays in the third-tier USL Professional Division.
Charleston is one of the more successful minor-league soccer teams in the United States, having won the final season of the USL Second Division in 2010 and the USL Pro Championship in 2012.
The team has played its home games at the soccer-specific Blackbaud Stadium since 1999. The team's colors are yellow, black and red.
The team's logo mimics somewhat the arms of the United States, with its paly field (here, Sable two pallets Or) and chief (here, Argent charged with the word "Battery"). The crossed cannons no doubt refer to the City of Charleston as the place where the first shots of the American Civil War were fired upon Fort Sumter in Charleston harbor, and of course the soccer ball is self-explanatory.
A fun bit of heraldry, and history, to have run across while searching the web for something else entirely!