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Heraldic Shield Divisions / Dividing Lines

The principal element and most important part of a heraldic achievement is the shield, 

shields in heraldic language are called escutcheon. There has been many 

distinctive shapes developed during the different periods of heraldry.

Also the heraldic artist by itself was able to include his own presentation of a shield.

The complete surface of the shield is described as field, it can be plain, it can 

represent a single tincture or multiple sections of differed tinctures divided 

by various lines of partition. The shield contains the field

whereon are represented the charges and figures that form a Coat of Arms.

Following examples are only a small collection of the numerous 

 possibilities of heraldry shield shapes - divisions and ordinaries.

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Heraldic Shields

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The shield is the element on which armorial charges are displayed, it may be of any form. 

The only exception is the lozenge or diamond shape which is reserved for maiden ladies and widows.

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Shield - French and English

lozenge

Lozenge 

 Heraldic Shield Shapes

 There are quite a variety of different shield shapes in heraldry which over centuries 

has constantly have changed in shape.

Below are some of the most common shields and shield divisions

heraldic shield shape 01

Modern French

Italy

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Swiss 

English 1750 / 1850

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Traditional Spain

Germany

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English 

heraldic shield shape rectangular

Rectangular 

heraldic shield shape oval

Oval 

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Italy 17. century

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Russia 

heraldic shield shape 07

Ornate 

between 1500 to 1750

 Heraldic Shield Divisions - Charges

Simple charges are called ordinaries

 

hreraldic shield divisions

Chief   

  Fesse    

  Pale

                                                                                               

 hreraldic shield divisions 2

  Per Pa's   

 Per Fess

   Per Bend          

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 Per Ben Sinister    

   Quarterly  

   Per Saltire

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La Pointe Cape  

La Pile Chausee

 Embresse 

hreraldic shield divisions 5

   Bend   

   Bend Sinister

   Cross

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    Saltire

  Chevron  

   Mantele   

 Per Chevron

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 Pale Endorsed  

   Fesse Cotised 

   Bend Cotised

hreraldic shield divisions 9

   Paly  

Barry

  Bendy

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  Chequy   

    Losengy   

 Gyronny

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   Paly-bendy   

 Barry-bendy 

Chevronny


Arms example of existing families

arms

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References material are taken from following heraldry publications 

a.)  A practical manual of heraldry and of heraldic illuminations  - publish 1864

b.) A dictionary of heraldry  - published  1889

c.) The elements of heraldry - published 1866


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