Family Coat of Arms with Brief History of Origin

Item Description


Family Coats of Arms have become increasingly popular. Originally, these would have been the mark of a knight so that he might be better distinguished on the battlefield. Oftentimes too, these warriors would choose a symbol that they felt best suited them for battle, whether it be a lion, bear, eagle or cross. Heraldry, or more properly, armoury as an ordered issuance did not actually occur until later, when various knights competed for various symbols and some regulation was called for. Geoffrey Plantagenet, Count of Anjou (1113 - 1151) has an enamel on his tomb that bears some of the earliest depictions of modern heraldry, but during this time, the arms were probably chosen by the individual through personal choice or family history.

It was not until the 13th century that "Heralds" would be employed by monarchs to craft Coats of Arms and by the middle of the 14th century, it had become a common belief that only one individual should bear a certain armorial badge. Full official regulation would not occur until Henry V issued a proclamation in 1419, forbidding anyone from taking up armorial badges except by issuance of the Crown. By the time of Henry VIII, in the mid 1500's, Royal enforcers would travel the countryside calling upon anyone of their choosing and demanding a display of their arms to see if they were indeed registered and compliant with the King's law. Over time, this regulation of Heraldry would become even more pronounced developing finally into the form we have today.

In reality, not every family would have been issued a Coat of Arms but it has become popular for most all to have one. There are a number of companies today that cater to this desire. We at Distinctive Documents have had many requests of this and finally we are issuing our version - a printed document that will bear your family's known Coat of Arms along with a brief history of your family's name origin with a number of shields along the side to represent the other cultural distinctions that you, as a member of your family may bear. An example of this is that many times the Coat of Arms may come from the paternal side but one may have various heritages throughout their family lineage so if you have French, Irish, Russian, Scot or English roots for example, we can add those emblems to the side to give full honor to the rest of your family.

It may be that you do not know your family's Coat of Arms. We will do initial research for you at no charge and will let you know if we are unable to come up with sufficient information. Another option you have is to craft your own, as was done originally and we can assist you in doing that as well.

The document is printed on 11" x 17" ivory or gold parchment and is suitable for framing at the frame shop of your choice. It will be shipped flat using appropriate packing and shipped Priority Mail domestic and First Class International.

Please note that this sale is for the Coat of Arms document only. All other items shown in the photograph are for photographic prop purposes only and are not for sale. 

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