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Originally, heraldic style was very similar from country to country. Unless otherwise specified they extend to the edges of the field. For example, a shield divided azure and gules would be perfectly acceptable.

Wave shaped stripes are termed undy. Mottoes are generally changed at will and do not make up an integral part of the armorial achievement. Marks of difference are very rare in this tradition as are heraldic furs. When alternating rows are reversed as in counter-vair, and then displaced by half the width of one bell, it is termed vair in point, or wave-vair.

The much-maligned practice of landscape heraldry, which flourished in the latter part of the eighteenth and early part of the nineteenth century, made extensive use of such non-heraldic colours. The lion's head is normally seen in agreement with the overall position, facing dexter left unless otherwise stated. The mantling is sometimes conventionally depicted with a ragged edge, as if damaged in combat, though the edges of most are simply decorated at the emblazoner's discretion. An admiral of the British Navy. While there can be no objection to the occasional depiction of objects in this manner, the overuse of charges in their natural colours is often cited as indicative of bad heraldic practice.

Per Pale means that the Shield is divided vertically with one half blue Azure and the other half red Gules. Ordinary heraldry In the early days of heraldry, very simple bold rectilinear shapes were painted on shields. Today it takes the form of a stylized cloak hanging from the helmet. Quadrupeds can often be found rampant standing on the left hind foot.

Ordinary heraldry In

Benedict broke with tradition to substitute a mitre in his arms. In many traditions, these have acquired strict guidelines for use by certain social classes. Sir Isaac Newton, both proper. French blazon makes no such distinction between these diminutives and the ordinaries when borne singly. Tincture heraldry One of the most distinctive qualities of heraldry is the use of a limited palette of colours and patterns, usually referred to as tinctures.

Per Pale means that the Shield