So, to finish up our heraldic “finds” of that nice spring Saturday, we have:
The real trick comes in trying to decipher the shield to sinister (the right as you look at it). Not only is the combination of a black charge on a blue field and a black charge on a red field unlikely, it’s also difficult to determine if the underside of the bend is supposed to be embattled or invected or some other complex line of division.
I’ve already done a search in Luc Duerloo and Paul Janssens’ Wapenboek van de Belgische Adel and haven’t run across anything that seems similar (even assuming different tinctures for the quartered shield, say with white or gold instead of black for the bends and crosses). But I’ve got some more Flemish and Dutch armorials I can go through (in my “copious free time”) and see what I might find. It would be nice to be able to come up with at least a tentative identification of these arms, if only to satisfy my own curiosity.
Of course, there’s always the possibility that the person who painted the shields and charges was just using colors that he thought would look good. It’s not like we haven’t seen that as a problem before. As only one example, see my post of February 3, 2009 about the British Royal Arms on the Governor’s house at Williamsburg, Virginia (http://blog.appletonstudios.com/2009/02/youd-think-historians-would-do-better.html).
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