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.
I receive the occasional email from the kind folks over at myfamilysilver.com when they have a piece that they think I might be interested in (unaware, apparently, that as a general rule their prices are a bit too rich for my budget, however, much I might like to stretch my monies to be able to buy one or another of these great finds).
In this case, they sent me a note about a George IV silver soup plate from the service of Robert Peel. You know, the Robert Peel, second baronet, who was English Prime Minister 1834-1835 and again from 1841-1846.
The service precedes his time a Prime Minister, being dated to 1829, but it does have a very nice rendition of his coat of arms on it.
Burke's General Armory blazons the arms of Peel, "descended from William Peel, Esq., of Oswaldwistle, co. Lancaster, grandfather of the first Sir Robert Peel, Bart." as Argent three sheaves of as many arrows proper banded gules on a chief azure a bee volant or. The crest is given in Burke as A demi-lion rampant argent gorged with a collar azure charged with three bezants, holding between the paws a shuttle or, and the motto is Industria.