A microscopic piece of heraldry necessarily stands condemned, because it merely pretends to hint that the owner thinks himself a person of distinction, instead of performing the true function of enabling the casual observer to identify the owner. Monograms and unostentatious heraldry are therefor the badge of the parvenu, and such heraldry is usually bogus. Genuine arms are almost always displayed boldly and beautifully at every possible opportunity, indoors and out. --
Thomas Innes of Learney, Scots Heraldry, pp. 161-162
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This is what happens when an heraldic artist has never seen anything more than a very rough description of an heraldic beast when painting ...
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Monday, April 15, 2019
Some Heraldry That I Did See
I felt that I ought to make up for having only almost seen the heraldry I talked about in my last post. And, sure enough, because frankly, I'm always looking for coats of arms, I saw some.
Well, to be honest, I wasn't driving at the time, and so I wasn't having to watch the road like last time. I was walking, and when I'm walking I get to look around a lot more.
And while I was walking and looking around, I saw this bit of pseudo-heraldry:
It is, as you can see, the logo of the Heritage School of Texas here in Dallas.
While it is on an heraldic shield, it is not especially heraldic: the green stuff on each side of the demi-hawk/falcon reguardant is presumably meant to be taken as a laurel wreath; the blue on blue "sunrise" in base is somewhat odd; and they felt the need to include "Founded 2011" on the shield, too.
The motto (for some reason placed across the shield rather than under or over it) is Videre ut Deus Videt (We see that God sees).
The school "provides a challenging Christian education to student of average to above average ability, who have learning differences." It is located in the buildings of Congregation Shearith Israel which, as you might guess from the name, is a Jewish synagogue. I'm not at all sure how that relationship works, but who am I to judge?
Anyway, I just wanted you to know that I didn't miss seeing (and photographing) this bit of pseudo-heraldry, and that, once again, "you can find heraldry everywhere!"