When borne charged, it often contains some special Scythe - Hope of a fruitful harvest of things hoped for. Cat or Cat-A-Mountain - Liberty, vigilance, forecast and courage. Crescent - Signifies one who has been enlightened and honored by the gracious Falcon or Hawk - One eager or hot in the pursuit of an object much desired. Catharine Wheel - Emblem of one who is prepared to undergo great trials for the A sword is often depicted piercing an animal or a human heart. FalconIn heraldry, the falcon or hawk signifies someone who was hot or eager in the pursuit of an object much desired. The sign of the lobster in heraldry is also a symbol of prodigious gripping and holding power in its bearer and the symbols of its claws occur in arms more frequently than its entire body. The origin of the word is from the Spanish ‘gyron’, a triangualr piece of cloth sewed into a garment. It has often been bestowed on those who have defended cities, supported the government of the sovereign, or stood strong for the country under stress. The bee is undoubtedly the most popular insect found in heraldry, and even the beehive occurs often as a crest. In France, a mullet has no less than six points. The antelope has also been used occasionally as an emblem of purity and fleetness. CameleopardThe medieval name for an ordinary giraffe was a cameleopard. Tennis was once a game played strictly by royalty and nobles and the orange indicates that the bearer was a member of that class; however, the orange is seldom met in heraldry. weighty affairs, and one of lofty spirit, ingenious, speedy in apprehension and judicious Satyrs are not found in coats of arms except for supporters and occasionally their heads are found used as charges. The gannet may also represent one who has to ‘subsist bye the wings of his virtue and merit’ being unable to rest on land. It represents someone who is skilful at music and a lover of harmony, someone with a keen mind for politics and the ability to foresee times and opportunities well, and lastly, a person who is unwilling to assail his enemies rashly, who would prefer to stand his ground than risk harming another wrongfully. Quoted from Shakespeare’s A Midsummer’s Night Dream, ‘Some war with rere-mice for their leathern wings. Crowcombe A face is usually represented in a full moon and sometimes in a crescent moon, but this must not be confused with an ordinary heraldic crescent, as they are not similar. The bucket is merely the more modern way of transporting water. The crane is a symbol of vigilance, justice and longevity, but nevertheless, there are instances where the crane is depicted dormant (asleep) with its head under its wing, still holding its ‘vigilance’, as the stone is termed. The following symbolisms have been excerpted from W. Cecil Wade's "The The fretty pattern represents a net and signifies persuasion. In heraldry, it may indicate that the man granted a coat of arms with this charge was a man whose words and deeds were deemed trustworthy. FlamesFlames are held to signify zeal, as one may be consumed by zeal as by flames. It was officially adopted as Canada’s national symbol in an Act passed by the Canadian Parliament in 1975, and is often found in arms granted to families connected in some way to Canada. PelletA black roundel is given the various names of pellet, ogress and gunstone, a roundel being any circular charge of colour or metal. Bears are often in the arms of names that sound somewhat like the animal such as Baring and Barnes. WheelIn the heraldic tradition, the wheel is used as an emblem of fortune. It is also a bird of great courage in battle that will fight, if necessary, to the death. Bearings". Narcissus flowers, primroses and ‘fraises’ or strawberries are also five-petaled flowers that fall under the category of a cinquefoil. She would believe the reflection to be her cub and try to rescue it, thus giving time for the hunter to escape. FesseThe fesse is a broad, horizontal band across the centre of the shield that represents the military belt and girdle of honour of the ancients. HammerThe hammer is a symbol of force and dominance in heraldry. Cannon, Mortars, Cannon Balls and Grenades - Well bestowed on those who have Panther - As a lion may be said to signify a brave man, so may a panther a There can only be one fesse on a shield. GolpeA purple roundel is called a golpe, a roundel being any circular charge of colour or metal.