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.
It's always interesting to see how different artists, different artistic styles, different materials, and even different eras will adapt a coat of arms.
Here, for example, is an older, what one might consider to be a "standard" version of the coat of arms of Heidelberg: Sable a lion rampant or armed langued and crowned gules atop a trimount vert. (Two views, one to help give better context to the image, and then a closer version. As always, you can click on an image to see a larger, more detailed version.)
In the next two images, the finials of two flag/banner poles are basically a shieldless version of the city's coat of arms done in a very modern style, similar to but not quite Art Deco:
It's always a joy to see the ways in which a coat of arms can be modified to conform to changing artistic tastes, to evolve as artistic aesthetics change, so that they can remain relevant and, more importantly, useful.