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Heraldic Shield Partitions and Symbolism 

Lines used in parting the field

Escutcheons that have more then one tincture are divided by lines 

and each has an heraldic name expressive of it's form.

Partition lines are those which divide the field of the escutcheon into any

numbers of parts.

Below are names and figures of those most commonly used

in heraldic design.

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knight shield, medieval shield

knight shield steel

wooden knight shield

medieval knight shield

knight shield tent

 

Heraldic Shield Partitions

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 hreraldic shield partitions

 

Heraldic marks of cadency

There are nine differences which are used in heraldry, they not only distinguish the sons of on family,

 but also denote the subordinate degrees in each house.

hreraldic cadency

The LABEL

First Son

The CRESCENT

Second Son

 The MULLET

Third Son

The MARTLET

Fourth Son

The ANNULET

Fifth Son

hreraldic cardency

The FLEUR-DE-LIS

Sixth Son

The ROSE

Seventh Son

The CROSS MOLINE

Eighth Son

The OCTOFOIL

Ninth Son

 

 Heraldic Shield Partitions - Ordinaries

 

The Divisions of the shield are called partition lines.

Fesse , Badge

hreraldic shield partitions 2

Partition lines

hreraldic shield partitions 3

CROSS 

Bar, Fesse, Frett, Orle, Flanches

 

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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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