Thursday, August 9, 2018

Heraldry Is ...

I ran across this meme on Facebook the other day, and it seemed too good not to share.

Some would take issue with the specifics stated for one or more of these six steps. Nonetheless, the progression is reasonably apt.

Still, I sometimes suspect that I started out on step one and simply raced through the others to get to step six.

As proof, here's a quick photo of a good portion of my heraldic library. (It extends out of frame both to the left and the right, plus there are some other heraldic periodicals, etc. tucked away in another part of the room entirely.)

It's not a problem. Truly, I could stop anytime. And I'm going to. Very soon. Any day now. Well, maybe I'll wait until after I receive that one book that I pre-ordered. No, wait, there's that two-volume set I've been looking at getting for a while. After that. Then I'll quit. No, really.

Okay, maybe not.


  1. What's the frame in the top middle? It seems to mention towns from Flanders, Belgium and has text in dutch.

  2. The central arms are those of Zegelsem, Belgium, and the others are cities in the area. I am not at all certain of the origins or purpose of this large (and heavy!) painted ceramic plaque. I found it several years ago in an antique store in Dallas, Texas, and _had_ to buy it. I then saved up to get it properly framed so it would hang on the wall to keep it safe.

    1. It's quote odd though to combine those four: Doel and Zwijndrecht are quite close to one another (the outskirts of Antwerp) but Zegelsem and Ninove are way south of Ghent, about 80 km from Antwerp.

      What does the text say in the center (other than the town names and the years)? I can only read some of it.

    2. Geen Ruker Kroon Dan Eigen Schoon (or Eigenschoon).

    3. That's probably "Rijker" which means "richer". Thanks!

    4. You are correct! From almost any distance, it looks like a "U", but up close, it's a "J" with an "I" above the loop of the J.