I WAS browsing through Debretts Peerage the other day (as you do) ~ I bought it for 20p in a library sale ~ gawping at the odd, ridiculous and strange family crests of the honoured and "noble"... And thought I'd have a go at making my own.
So here we go.
Animals are very important in heraldry so we'll start with them.
The main feature will be a wise looking Akita dog, head cocked, one ear up, the other lopsing down:
At the sides I will have four chinchillas, two each side:
And this will be underlined by seven tiny roborovski pygmy hamsters all in a row:
Weapons are very important on family crests, so I'll have the chinchillas brandishing AK47s:
Obviously the Gledwoods will want to outdo other families' inferior arms, so I might well add a thermonuclear blast to mine:
O yeah. And last but not least, every family crest must have a logo or strapline thing in Latin (or more recently in English). If I don't have this in English, I will get it translated into Chinese (because it looks funkier)
... and it goes like this ~
"FIRST IN HONOUR; LAST IN THE DONKEY DERBY!"
Which looks like this in Chinese:
And this in Japanese:
an unfortunate mistranslation ~ thanks very much, Google ~
The honor is the first end of the donkey derby ~!!
Have a cheery weekend!
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