It is a solemn matter to appoint a Herald to your household, for he will be with you, assuming your need for him continues, forever after. His presence alone can turn a simple sandwich into a solemn banquet. Never take a Herald on a picnic. (The Book of Weird)
I'm an Academic Herald. I'm not a "real" herald; I don't register people's coats of arms (though I can certainly suggest designs for those who might be interested). What I do is study, research, teach, and write about heraldry. And I like to share what I have learned about heraldry, hence this blog. I hope that you'll find it informative, interesting at least occasionally, and worth your time to come back. Got a question? Comments? Feel free to let me know. I'd love to hear from you. You can find my contact information in my Profile.
The other heraldic object I found at Ronald Reagan International Airport in Washington, DC had not one, but two, coats of arms on it. And was considerably easier to get home than the glass coffee mug without worrying about breaking it!
The obvious heraldry is, of course, the full color version of the Seal of the President of the United States. (Fortunately, I don't think that I could ever be mistaken for the actual holder of that office, so I should be safe from prosecution for impersonating him.)
The heraldry there is, of course, the full achievement of arms of the United States, with the shield (Paly of thirteen argent and gules a chief azure) on the breast of a bald eagle displayed, grasping in its dexter talon an olive branch and in its sinister a sheaf of 13 arrows, holding a motto scroll in its beak, and with the crest of a glory breaking through clouds over its head.
Not quite as obvious, though lightly visible in the picture above, is another, simpler depiction of the achievement on the brim of the cap, done in black on black.
There are also the words "Washington DC" curving around the brim to the right (heraldic sinister). (Just in case you forgot where you bought it, I guess!)
Anyway, I thought it would make a nice addition to my growing collection of heraldic caps, and it fit easily into my carry-on luggage, so it's home with me now, and worn as the mood strikes.