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Blazoning a Coat of Arms

To "blazon" a coat of arms is to describe the design in technical terms. This is done in an accepted sequence, and is brief yet precise. (Note that the names for the colours used are in Norman English and are, as in modern French, placed after the noun they describe):

First name
the field ...
then the main charge (object) ... then lesser charges on the field ... then any objects placed on top of a charge ...

Argent,

on a chevron sable,

between three leopard's faces sable.
 

Argent,

on a bande sable,

between two fleur-de-lys,

three castles argent.

Parted per pale argent and sable,

a crescent counter-changed.
   

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