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"Heralds don't pun. They Cant." OK. The explaination for the heraldicaly impared.

Canting arms is a technique used in European heraldry whereby the name of the individual or community represented in a coat of arms is "translated" into a visual pun.
An example of canting arms are those of the late Queen Elizabeth, the Queen Mother, who was born Elizabeth Bowes-Lyon. Her arms are blazoned as follows: "The Royal Arms impaling quarterly 1 and 4 argent a lion rampant azure, armed and langued gules within a double tressure flory counter-flory of the second (for Lyon); 2 and 3 ermine three bows stringed palewise in fess proper (for Bowes)."

Notice on the sinister side the lion rampant azure - for Lyon, amd the three bows stringed palewise - for Bowes, which make up the arms of the Bowes and Lyon families.
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Conal's Corner is not affiliated with the Society for Creative Anachronism, Inc. (SCA) or any Branch of the SCA. The SCA heraldic device, as well as the heraldic devices of its subordinate kingdoms and branches are registered to The Society for Creative Anachronism, Inc.

The images (emblazons) of all armorial bearings on this site are copyright © 2007-2012 by William J. Knight and are subject to legal protection worldwide. The armorial bearing themselves may also be registered to specific individuals or groups and be subject to additional protections. For further information see our Copyright Information.

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