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.
Whew! Well, it took me a couple of weeks of my "copious free time" to get it done, but I have just finished a new update to the American Heraldry Collection.
This update adds the coats of arms from Matthews' Complete American Armoury and Blue Book, the 1907 and 1911-1923 editions.
I will, as I get the time over the next several weeks, be double-checking all of these hand-typed entries for typographical errors. (What? Me make errors? Bah! I am a prefect tpyist.) Yes, indeed, I had no .pdf version to convert to Word, and so I ended up typing all of these entries by hand, and it is, indeed, possible that a few errors got past me, despite my best attempts to catch them before saving the document each day.
Be that as it may, the newly-updated version of the American Heraldry Collection (an Excel spreadsheet with all of the arms and crests in .xlsx format and an accompanying Word document with a list of the sources and abbreviations and other explanatory text in .docx format, can be downloaded now at http://www.appletonstudios.com/American_Heraldry_Collection.zip or by clicking on the link to it in the left-hand column of this blog under "Some Articles I Have Written".
Anyway, if you think it might be of interest or use to you, feel free to go and download it.