AC Silver in England has posted a nice short article by Rachel O’Keefe over on their website about the difference between “crests” and “coats” (of arms).
It’s a great little article that covers one of the confabulations that tend to annoy heralds and heraldry enthusiasts like me: the use of the term “crest” to refer to either crests or coats of arms.
I’d tell you a lot more about the article, but I really can’t afford to spend very much time at AC Silver’s website, because they sell a lot of antique silver, and a bunch of that antique silver is engraved with coats of arms and/or crests, and frankly, I don’t have the money to buy it all (or a place to put it if I did). So it’s better for me to just avoid the temptation as much as possible.
But you can go! Be my guest. Enjoy!
And check out Rachel’s article (will illustrations from engraved silver) at http://www.acsilver.co.uk/acsnews/2014/07/24/crests-vs-coats/