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.
So, having looked in my last post at an array of images of the arms of the city of Antwerp, this time we're going to see a variant depiction of those arms, ones in which the hands are not merely in chief, but are placed upon flags or banners above the city walls.
As always, you can click on an image to see a larger, and thus more detailed, version.
In this image, there are two four-lobed windows side-by-side on the left with the arms of Antwerp, but in each there are two banner poles issuant from the central tower bearing flags or on each of which is a hand couped gules:
The center of this window has the same depiction:
As does the left-hand window here, but here the flag poles are argent:
And finally, the arms at the peak of the window are similar, but the banner poles and flags are both argent instead of or.
All of these photographs were taken in the Cathedral of Our Lady in Antwerp. Clearly, we will be revisiting these windows to discuss some of the other coats of arms depicted in them.