Thursday, December 20, 2018

Some Heraldry-Like Objects

Getting back after my last several posts to our recent trip to Arras, France, I took the opportunity to walk completely around the Place des Héros. It helped that our hotel was on one corner of the Place, so I just began there and made a circuit of the square in a clockwise direction.

A number of the buildings on the square are marked with what might possibly be considered to be heraldry. I suspect that they are, in fact, heraldry-like shop signs, though I could be mistaken in that suspicion.

Anyway, take a look and see what you think.

These signs included:

Three chickens or cocks:

A mermaid (labeled "la Cirene", in English, "the siren") in her vanity (using a mirror and combing her hair) with two ships and a town behind her:

A sailor in a tricorn hat peering through a telescope with a town and two ships behind him:

A salamander standing in flames, breathing flames:

This lovely unicorn passant to sinister:

A hen or cock facing sinister:

A water buffalo:

A harp in an olive branch:

Three shovels:

And a hammer (I think a piton hammer, also known as a rock-climbing hammer):

Most of these would make would easily be accepted as a coat of arms. Are they truly heraldry? As I said, I don't think so, but it's possible.

1 comment:

  1. If I remember correctly the salamander was a badge of Francis I of France. The hammer appears to be a classic war-hammer.