Season 12.5 - Crown

Heraldry Harry
Heraldry Harry

HH12.5: Crown

This season happened in March of 2020 and for the twist, participants had to include the word "Vert", in the blazon or their design.


Maker: skyskipper#4713
Blazon: Sable, two arms enlinked in saltire Argent within a crown Or. Crest: Issuant from a tower Sable, an arm Argent grasping a speaking trumpet Or.
Symbolism: The colors are some of the armiger's favorites. The armiger places great importance on equality and liberty-- represented here by the two arms linked within the crown, an attempt to convey a shared responsibility, or can be interpreted as forming an X to cross out the monarchical symbol. The arms are without color for a reason, as well. The crest has an arm holding a speaking trumpet, which was essentially an early megaphone. This is to symbolize the armiger's multilingualism. The tower represents the Tower of Babel, the conquest over it by the arm symbolizing an overcoming of cultural and linguistic boundaries.


Nº 1

Maker: JegKompletson#3
Blazon: Sable, a jaguar sejant affronté proper, grasping and splitting a crown or. For a crest, an eagle volant proper, both talons ringed with broken chains argent. For a motto, Libertad total o muerte.
Symbolism: The field is Sable, for the armiger’s ideals of radicalism and anarchism, and their interest in goth aesthetics. The jaguar is an important part of Aztec culture, symbolising them currently residing in Central America, and also having an interest in occult and magic. The jaguar is splitting a crown, symbolising their interest in radicalism, anarchism, and socialism. The crest is an eagle volant, also an important symbol in Aztec culture, and symbolising peace. It has broken chains attached to its talons, symbolising freedom. The motto is «Complete freedom or death» in Spanish, again to represent them being from Central America and advocating for freedom.

Nº 3

Maker: SiranNataan#7797
Blazon: Purpure, a fess indented on its upper edge argent, overall a cockatrice counterchanged. For a crest, a Chinese junk argent sails charged with mullets purpure. For a motto, "Try, try again."
Symbolism: The armiger is an American who values political neutrality; purpure is a blend of red and blue, the colors of the two major American political parties. The armiger appreciates rare ordinaries used in innovative ways; the form of fess used here resembles a crown, thus satisfying the event's challenge. The cockatrice is used because the armiger likes dragons and raises chickens. As it is a monster created from two other creatures, the cockatrice also represents creativity. The appearance of the counterchanged cockatrice symbolizes how the armiger values transparency. The cockatrice also appears to be breaking free from the fess, representing the armiger's fight to break free from creative blocks. In the crest, a ship with stars is a canting; a Chinese junk was chosen to reflect the armiger's ancestry. The motto is a truncation of "If at first you don't succeed, try, try again," showing the armiger's belief in learning from one's mistakes.

Nº 4

Maker: SpaghettiDabaiji#1884
Blazon: Argent, issuant from dexter base a dragon's head en arriere to sinister Sable armed Argent horned Gules jessant of a jousting lance blade Azure issuant from chief throughout, the exit wound sanguinated Proper. For a crest, the handle of a jousting lance, a dove chantant crowned Or perched to sinister on the hand guard.
Symbolism: The armiger values "doing the right thing", exemplified through the dragon being killed by the lance, an allusion to the Christian tale of St. George slaying the evil dragon. This also symbolizes his Christian values and his liking of fantasy creatures. The dove perched on the lance is a symbol of the armiger's enjoyment of nature, his Christianity, and other moral ideals.

Nº 5

Maker: A.C Esq#5936
Blazon: Per pale Sable and Or a linden tree surmounted by a castle counterchanged. Crest: Issuant out of a coronet of linden leaves Or, a pyramidal chapeau charged per pale Sable and Or ensigned by a chessboard of the colours. Badge: Within an annulet lined with linden leaves Or, a chessboard in lozenge Or and sable.
Symbolism: The armiger cant is "Court man" and comes from Germany. In the HRE, a court was held under a Gerichtslinde, a Linden tree hence why it is the main charge of the arms. The armiger values preparedness, which is symbolised by castle that needs to be prepared for a siege and also their interest in history. The tincture scheme and the chapeau for the crest comes from the Armigers origin in Saxony. The chessboard represents their interest in Tabletable top games and also the value of level headedness, as one needs it during a chess game. It is also a literal level-headedness as the chessboard is flat (i.e. level) upon ones head on the crest.

Nº 6

Maker: Matteo679#7980
Blazon: Vert a comble sapiné, in chief two skinks respectant in annulo each vorant of his tail and their tails enfiling one coronet of four fleurs-de-lys, the dexter skink missing a hind foot and the sinister skink dormant in base a Tau cross throughout surmounted by a chevron all Argent, within a bordure gyronny of ten Vert and Argent. For a motto: Laudes Creaturarum "Praise of the Creatures"
Symbolism: These narrative arms pick up on the themes pertinent to the armiger's namesakes, most especially St Francis of a See-saw with whom the armiger shares an affinity for animals. As the family name sounds like a clearing in the forest with animals in it, let these arms transport you to such a lush forest clearing, the fir treetops of the comble setting the scene. In the midst of the clearing is a seesaw, made up of a chevron and for the crossbar seat, a Tau cross, a favourite Franciscan emblem. Playing on the seesaw are two of the armigers four Cunningham skinks, who are great friends and each biting his own tail in a cute act of self love but also becoming links in a harmonious chain and both embracing the crown of friendship. There is a bordure gyronny because this armiger wanted wacky zany cool arms and who doesn't love a bordure gyronny to spice up their arms?!?

Nº 7

Maker: Gecktron
Blazon: Argent, on a fess érablé vert two hands clasped or. For a crest three roses gules, slipped and leaved proper issuant from a broken crown or.
Symbolism: The fess érablé represents the armigers canadaphile and their preferences for complex heraldic elements, while vert is noted to be the armigers preferred heraldic tincture. The two clasped hands represents the armigers believe in truth, honesty and peacefulness, as well as their fight against prejudices and conflict in their community. The roses in the crest represents growth and gentleness, but also the ability to overcome barriers (classism).

Nº 8

Maker: Lellistair#2222
Blazon: Per fess enarched azure and or, in chief between two mullets of four points two crowns all of the second, in base an ink brush fesswise of the first. For a crest, a demi-alpine ibex climant fusilly in bend argent and azure attired and unguled argent.
Symbolism: The enarched line of division represents the armiger's love of traditional architecture, the mullets their interest in navigation and the ink brush for their love of calligraphy, the Mandarin language and more broadly, linguistics in general. The two crowns, aside from being the required Harry twist, represent the armigers two homes in Germany and South Africa. The crest chosen is for the armiger's interest in mountaineering.

Nº 9

Maker: Loggail#0629
Blazon: Per pale Or and Gules, two dolphins haurient respectant counterchanged. For a crest, a demi-man proper crined and bearded Sable vested Gules sémy of mullets of six and garnished Or crowned with an ancient crown and maintaing in his hands a clay tablet of the same.
Symbolism: Dolphins are intelligent and altruistic creatures, symbolizing the armiger's passion to kindness and curiosity. There being two dolphins and counterchanging refers to cognitive science (symbolizing interaction and two hemispheres of the brain) and good-bad moral themes in myths and stories. The crest alludes to the three wise Magi, one of which is said to be a King of Babylonia, famous for its astronomy and clay tablets; the Magi symbolizes the armiger's passion for mythology and the pursuit of knowledge, and also interest of magic. Furthermore, the clay tablet refers to the ancient myths and stories inscribed onto them. The tinctures are gold for wisdom and altruism, and red for Tuesday which the armiger stated to be their favourite colour: Tuesday is "day of Týr", the Norse god of combat, the equivalent of which in Roman mythos is Mars (and Tuesday is "day of Mars" in most Latin languages), and who gave the name to the planet known for its red colour.

Nº 10

Maker: Di | they/them#0292
Blazon: Argent, an orangutan statant crowned with a laurel crown proper; for a crest, a demi-orangutan sans arms crowned with a laurel crown proper.
Symbolism: The white of the shield represents passion and amicability. The orangutan represents a passion for learning and self-improvement, as orangutans are naturally inquisitive beasts with large potential for intelligence and growth; orangutans are also native to Indonesia, where the armiger lives. The laurel wreath represents the armigers passion for history and museology, and is a semi-cant on their last name, "Caesar", which is a name shared with a Roman leader. The armiger requested a crest akin to those in Germanic heraldry, so I repeated the same charge from the shield onto the crest, as is often seen in German crests. I also turned the orangutan into am "Orang-Utanrumpf", mimicking the "-rumpf" crests of German heraldry.

Nº 11

Maker: Judah#1924
Blazon: Quartered Celeste and Azure, a cross counterchanged throughout between four ancient crowns counterchanged Or and Gules. For a crest, issuant from an ancient crown Celeste a tower Argent.
Symbolism: Light blue and gold are classicly Polynesian, red and white are traditionally both English and Italian, representing the recipient's varied heritages. The four crowns fulfill the twist and represent some of the recipient's interests, including Catholicism, nobility, royalty, and collecting as many orders and awards as possible. The cross for faith and medicine, and the color scheme overall is pretty medical-- blue scrubs, white coat, red cross, etc, and the quarters specifically fulfill something the recipient semi-requested in his form. In the crest, the crown carries over the theme of the shield, and the castle represents the nobility thing again, as well as a love of architecture, church design, and so on.

Nº 12

Maker: Dimitri Prica
Blazon: Per bend sinister or and sable a king maintaining a sword couped per bend sinister conjoined to a like king counterchanged both crowned argent. For crest. an arabesque or dimidiating a rose window argent.
Symbolism: The central charge is a reference both to monarchism and game theory, which started with an epistolary exchange about the card game le Her, in which kings play a central role. The central symmetry and counterchanging signify both the failures of (some) historical monarchies and the potential of monarchy as a system, with the Or part in dexter chief to represent a move towards the positive. Both crowns are argent to denote the inevitable similarities between the two concepts. The sword is an allusion to the recipient's intended career in law. The crest is a combination of some of the recipient's interests: islamic art and (oops, not neo-classical) architecture. The tinctures were partially chosen to match a badge that was designed for this armiger some Harries ago.

Nº 13

Maker: Judah#1924
Blazon: Azure, a pillar Argent entwined by a vine Vert, an ancient crown Or resting above. For a crest, a bull passant Azure crowned Or, the crown bearing the tail of a coonskin cap Argent.
Symbolism: The colors come from the various states the recipient has called home (which could be any of them, really) and his alma mater (ditto). The pillar and crown combo is multifaceted. The twist and the recipient's love for arms that tell stories (I didn't come up with one, but you can see it's there) are fulfilled. The crown atop a pillar stands for nationalism (the crown) and isolationalism (supported by the one pillar alone, with no outside influence). In addition to the politics, it similarly speaks to personality: the recipient longs for the adventure and achievement represented by the crown, but prefers the isolation and solitude of the singular pillar. The vine represents the recipient's childhood home (kind of) and his current home (the name of which comes from a Biblical tribe represented by a grapevine), as well as his degree in managing green things, and increases the story possibilities of the shield. In the crest, the quickly walking bull represents the recipient's current home again through a more foreign name. The crown carries over from the crest, given a coonskin cap's tail from the recipient's alma mater.

Nº 14

Maker: Judah#1924
Blazon: Azure, a human eye proper below a crown Or. For a crest, a human eye proper winged Azure.
Symbolism: The recipient likes and has received simple arms. Luckily for the designer, canting arms for "Crown" and "Watchful guard." The color of the eye in this emblazon is based on the recipient's actual eyes. In the crest, the eye is repeated. The wings are added on as a traditional heraldic symbol and as a small homage to the recipient's hometown-- the two professional sports teams based there are named after flying things.

Nº 15

Maker: Münchner#8888
Blazon: Azure, a roundel Or, overall a pile to centre point Argent, upon which a clothed human leg Proper enfilling a crown Gules.
Symbolism: The pile and roundel symbolise a very stylised take on the runners of inline skates, one of the recipient's hobbies. As well, the pile serves to represent the roofs of the traditional vernacular architecture in Venezuela another interest of the recipient. Finally the crown around the leg is to represent urbanism, yet another of the recipient's interests, as well as to be in compliance with the twist for this round. The tinctures are symbolic of the bisexual colour spectrum in the use of Gules (in place of pink) and Azure, whilst the Gules on the crown also symbolises the threat of COVID-19.

Nº 16

Maker: Mich#0215
Blazon: Azure a comble argent surmounted by a sea lion navally crowned issuant from flames in base all counterchanged.
Symbolism: The sea-lion represents the armiger himself. While the beast is "submerged", its crown (which also alludes to his interests in the golden age of sail) is on the comble, symbolizing that while the armiger is an explorer at heart, in contradiction he prefers isolation. The fire represents hope and nationalism (as one of his country's most iconic symbols is a torch), as well as a canting for "cooktop".

Nº 17

Maker: camila#6873
Blazon: Purpure, fretty of four Or nailed and nailed in chief with a coronet Gules. For a crest, in between six wheatstalks Or a tion's tail nowed Purpure.
Symbolism: A baseball field. One's constantly shifting "bases", One's constant "home". The colors of royalty. The love of a fine whiskey and The Scout Slogan... "Do a Good Turn Daily"...