Thomas C. Jack was a publisher in London in the mid 1800s. He made fascinating engravings of heraldry used by British noble families.
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.
Noble families wanted everyone to know how important they were. As most people could not read, heraldry was the perfect, visual way for the nobility to brag. Noble families used heraldry on shields, banners, letterheads, tapestries and anywhere visible.
Here are Thomas Jack's engravings of heraldry for you to choose from. They are genuine antique prints, made in the 1840s.