aunt minerva collection....all typos are mine.
Your coat of arms, as previously states, is of a very ancient origin when crests and coats of arms were first used without mottos. In Scotland the motto is included in letters patent and cannot therefore be changed without a rematriculation of the coat.
Colors in heraldry are as much a part of the arms as any phase of it. These colors form the essential background of your arms.
The term coat of arms, as now understood, signified a complete and distinctive heraldic composition, but its original meaning was a coat, bearing heraldic insignia, which was worn over the armour by medical warriers.
This painting I am sending you is called a coat of arms, meaning a crest and armour in its entirety. The helmet was used as a protector in warfare. That which is supported by the helmet (The crown, flames, and phoenix) is a crest-a figure originally worn as a head dress by heroes and soldiers of hig command as a mark of distinction in rank. The crest can be used alone, but the coat of arms in its entirety is more frequently adapted and is more impressive. Animals, birds, or mythical figures, as in the time of the ancients, are still used on the crest to indicate bravery, chivalry, etc. Every symbol used-and they are innumerable-is significant of some deed, title, or outstanding characteristic of that particular family and is identified with them as such.
The shield, below the helmet, had the titles, estates, and rank of the family emblazoned on it, and was used during combat as a protection. Arms (when used as in a coat of arms) is restricted to the shield adn its charges. The term charge signifies any simple heraldic figure such as an animal that, as on the crest, is a symbol of fearlessness, etc.
The following explanation pertains to your own coat of arms:
The phoenix on your crest is a fabulous bird represented as issuant from flames. It is a symbolic of Christ and the Resurrection. IT interprets strength and glory.
The crown, supporting the phoenix, indicates a peerage or barony in the family.
The red circle on the shield is an indicator of the chase and is symbolic of a family of warriers and great fighters, The red color signifying blood.
The buck's heads are representative of sportsmanship and love of the chase, which was the most important phase of life of the ancients next to war.
The lions, below the bucks, are considered teh king of beasts and are therefore the most worthy of all animals and are used most frequently on the coat of arms of royalty.
Enclosed is a sample of your coat of arms for stationery, invitations, etc. It can be used in any of the colors suitable in herlady. Blue is the most of active, black is very good or red, green and purple. Where a ring is desired the dye is given to your jeweler who makes the cutting from this after an impression has been taken. I might suggest in framing you use a thin black frame. Coats of arms should not be mounted as is the popular belief. The earlier ones were not, and the object of a reproduction is to have it authentic in every detail as the original.
I could always obtain stationery if you find it difficult to do so. Specify the colors you desire for the coat of arms, and a general idea of the type of stationery. Of course I must have the dye to do this. Two pounds---
Leonard Higdon and Eva Hoffman and their children:
-Leonard Higdon My great grandfather Burke Co Nc Scotch Irish
Leonard Higdon & Mary McClure and their children:
-John Spencer Higdon
Nimrod Higdon & Lou Gaston & Their children:
William Higdon, born 1815-father's brother, 180 lbs. Burke Co NC Wealthy. he married Jane Burkhanan-had nine children: Higdonville NC & Macon Ga.