Heraldic Engraving - Coats of Arms & Crests

Engraving Heraldic Achievements, Coats of Arms, Crests and Mottos on Glass & Crystal

Heraldic achievements, incuding coats of arms, crests and mottos can be expertly engraved on glass and crystal glass items to create a much-valued, gift, award or memento.  Personal and family heraldic achievements, coats of arms and crests can be added to glass and crystal glass items including awards, whisky and brandy glasses, bowls, decanters, trophies, vases, tankards, photo frames, coasters and paperweights.  

Crests can be faithfully reproduced for Military, Police, Fire & Rescue Service, Ambulance and other public service organisations including local authorities, mountain rescue, coastguards and the RNLI.  In addition, many organisations such as the Scouts, Girl Guides, Boys Brigade and St John's Ambulance have crests and mottos representing their organisations.  These can be expertly engraved onto awards, photo frames and other glass and crystal items to create unique personalised gifts.

Nowadays, many large companies have a company crest and motto, as do towns, villages, counties and a number of membership organisations.  Adding the crest makes long service awards, achievement awards and retirement gifts more relevant, personal and desirable.

With access to a large library of coats of arms and crests, images can be provided for a small reasonable charge and a drawing service can be offered to research and draw virtually any other crest not within the library. The library has an extensive selection of European Family Heraldic Achievements, Scottish Clan Crests, Military, Police and Blue Chip company crests.

The earliest known hereditary amory is the shield on the tomb of Geoffrey V of Anjou (died1151) (see right) also found on the tomb of his grandson Wiliam Longespee. 

Tomb of Geoffrey V of Anjou with Hereditary Arms





Full Heraldic Achievement of HRH Prince William

A Brief History of Heraldry

Heraldry originated in the middle of the 12th. century when a coat of arms would be worn on the surcoat, shield or tabard of knights and nobles.  This made identification easier on the battlefield, especially post-battle for heralds combing the field identifying the fallen. Its rapid spread throughout European countries was mainly due to its use in identifying combatants at tournaments and its visual confirmation of rank and status.

The full Heraldic Achievement (pictured left) is often incorrectly called the coat of arms or the crest.  The shield bears the arms and will sometimes have 'supporters' left and right.  The mantle covers the area between the neck and the helmet and is often shown 'slashed' to signify having been in battle.  Next is the helm, full-faced gold for royalty, topped by the crest and sometimes a wreath between the crest and helmet with the motto also worked into the design,  


Fun Facts - Canting Arms

Often visual puns or rebuses would be used to identify the arms bearer's name.  More prevalent in German heraldry, this practice has recently gained popularity with the British Royal Family.  Princess Beatrice's use of three bees (below left) - bees thrice - is a fairly recent witty addition, though often the rebus is more straightforward such as the use of two gates and a head for Gateshead.

The whole heraldic achievement can be quite complex as evidenced by Congleton (below right).

The background to the shield (field) of the arms features silver and blue waves representing the rivers and canals which brought trade. The conger eels, royal English lion (Leo) and the tun are a rebus and visual pun on the name. The top third of the shield (the Chief) has a five-pointed star between two Cheshire garbs, to show five Cheshire councils combined.

The crest above the helmet has the Saxon crosses of Sandbach, together with a half wheel for the River Wheelock.

The silver wolf (Supporter) is from Hugh Lupus, 1st. Earl of Chester and the purple lion (Supporter) from Henry de Lacy, Earl of Lincoln who granted the Borough's first charter.  Each Supporter rests a foot upon a rock salt crystal, a reference to the local Chemical Industry and the brine springs from which it originated. The motto translates as 'Never Unprepared'.

princess_beatrice_three_bees   Congleton Coat of Arms with Rebus of Conger Eels and Tun