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Heraldry How-To's


Per pale Gules and Azure, upon a Bend sinister Or three pellets.

Ever come across a description of a heraldic design and wonder what it could possibly mean? Heraldic language may seem impenetrable, but once you know the basics, you too can describe or " blazon" a crest, badge or shield. Just have a look at these instructions in the following order:

  1. How to Understand Field Partitions
  2. How to Identify Heraldic Tinctures
  3. How to Describe Common Charges
  4. How to Blazon a Shield