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.
Our post before last, on January 16, we looked at a metal sign with the arms of the State of Baden-Württemberg on it. Today, we find these same arms, this time in full color, on a very large rectangular banner in the city of Stuttgart, Germany.
As before, the arms themselves are Or three lions passant in pale sable, the three lions harking back to the Dukes of Schwaben and the house of Staufen. On top of the shield is placed a popular crown, on which the arms of former territories that now form the State of Baden-Württemberg are shown. From left to right (dexter to sinister) these are: Ost-Franken (Franconia), Hohenzollern, Baden, Württemberg, Kurpfalz, and Austria. Here the arms are without their stag and griffin supporters. It is a very eye-catching display of heraldry!