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Heraldry

Heraldry

Heraldry is a system of visual identification that started in the Middle Ages to differentiate knights on the battle field. Every symbol in a heraldic design has meaning, hence a system of visual language developed around heraldry. The designs were meant to be impressive and seen at distance, so had large, contrasting features and colours.

As time went by, noble families wanted everyone to know how important they were. As most people could not read, heraldry was the perfect, visual way for them to brag of their accomplishments. So, heraldry started to be used away from the battle field. Noble families would use heraldry on ceremonial cloths, shields, banners, letterheads, tapestries and anywhere else it may be seen.

Antique prints of heraldry were made to record the symbols used, which heraldic design belonged to which noble family and to provide inspiration and reference for artists who wished to create new heraldry. The antique prints are eye-catching and fascinating and nowadays make great decorative pictures when framed.

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30.5 x 23.3cm (12 x 9 inches). The images include Phaeton in the Chariot of the Sun and cupids in va..
US$30.00
30.5 x 23.3cm (12 x 9 inches). The images include horse riding, boar hunting and a tiger in the jung..
US$30.00
30.5 x 23.3cm (12 x 9 inches). The images include butterflies and insects. The spider is entitled 'M..
US$30.00
30.5 x 23.3cm (12 x 9 inches). The images include hunting dogs, a cat, cockerel and monkeys on a see..
US$30.00
30.5 x 23.3cm (12 x 9 inches). Images include cupids in various poses. The bagpiper is entitled 'Oer..
US$30.00
30.5 x 23.3cm (12 x 9 inches). This antique engraving of heraldry was made in the 1840s by Thomas Ja..
US$30.00
30.5 x 23.3cm (12 x 9 inches). The images include a cupid in a bird cage “Here reigns the god' and a..
US$30.00
30.5 x 23.3cm (12 x 9 inches). The images includes a witch with the witticism 'We all have our hobbi..
US$30.00
30.5 x 23.3cm (12 x 9 inches). This antique engraving of heraldry was made in the 1840s by Thomas Ja..
US$30.00
30.5 x 23.3cm (12 x 9 inches). This antique engraving of heraldry was made in the 1840s by Thomas Ja..
US$30.00
30.5 x 23.3cm (12 x 9 inches). This antique engraving of heraldry was made in the 1840s by Thomas Ja..
US$30.00
30.5 x 23.3cm (12 x 9 inches). This antique engraving of heraldry was made in the 1840s by Thomas Ja..
US$30.00
30.5 x 23.3cm (12 x 9 inches). This antique engraving of heraldry was made in the 1840s by Thomas Ja..
US$30.00
30.5 x 23.3cm (12 x 9 inches). This antique engraving of heraldry was made in the 1840s by Thomas Ja..
US$30.00
30.5 x 23.3cm (12 x 9 inches). This antique engraving of heraldry was made in the 1840s by Thomas Ja..
US$30.00
30.5 x 23.3cm (12 x 9 inches). This antique engraving of heraldry was made in the 1840s by Thomas Ja..
US$30.00
30.5 x 23.3cm (12 x 9 inches). Arm with Club, Crow, Arms with Thistles, Fish, Bull, Merlion, Boar He..
US$0.00
30.5 x 23.3cm (12 x 9 inches). This is an original sepia tinted steel engraving by Thomas Jack with ..
US$0.00
30.5 x 23.3cm (12 x 9 inches).Wolf, Elephant, Weasel, Castle, Leopard, Hand, Locust, Sea Monsters, D..
US$0.00
30.5 x 23.3cm (12 x 9 inches).Horn, Lion, Hand with Wheat, Bull Head, Falcon, Deer, Raven, Dog, Cock..
US$0.00