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What do we know about heraldry? Coats of arms

The Heraldry is the study of ancient shields and coats of arms that represent houses, nobility, surnames or institutions. It is symbolism that comes from the Middle Ages and lives on to this very day. It has become a common representation and decorative element in many homes. The coat of arms is, without a doubt, an element of strong symbolic character.

The birth of the coat of arms

Coats of arms owe their appearance to the European noble families of the Middle Ages who sought to identify themselves with them. Certain elements such as weapons, animals and nature itself were used to represent and differentiate themselves from others. The earliest records date from the early 12th century and are associated with the battlefield and knights. After that, they crossed the border to the civilian sector in the 13th century.

Nobles, businessmen and institutions adopted this method to highlight their importance and wealth by associating this symbolism with their surnames. The choice of this symbol was carried out with detail and care, since it would last over time. Each element that composes it involves an interpretation that brings meaning to the whole.

The importance of the shape

One of the key features is the external shape of the coat of arms. The outline of the coat of arms is fundamental, since it defines its origin by country or region An example of this are the coats of arms with the rounded lower tip typical of Castile. Spain has an archive specialized in these elements.

A display together with collectible weapons

Having a coat of arms can be the perfect complement to collectible weapons. Swords and other period weaponry can be displayed in a unique way in a collection under the family or generic heraldry that we are passionate about. It's time to complete your collection with a coat of arms!