Thursday, July 12, 2007

Pfalz-Kognat-Obersayn Heraldry



Quarterly first gules a lion rampant or, second and third paly of seven argent and sable, fourth azur a lion rampant reversed argent.

By request of subscribers, the following explanation is offered from the College of Arms at Achselfraktur:

"The gules lion rampant or is for the Counts of Sayn, from whom the Counts of Obersayn descended; the paly of seven argent and sable comes from the coat of arms of the Bishops of Kognat descended historically from the Counts of Wittgenstein; the azur lion rampant reversed argent is for Palatine Wittelsbach, reversed to denote the morganatic descent. "

3 comments:

Bluebear Jeff said...

Interesting heraldry . . . I'm guessing that there's a story behind the three "coats" present in these arms . . . do you care to share this story?


-- Jeff of Saxe-Bearstein

Herzog Ignaz said...

The gules lion rampant or is for the Counts of Sayn, from whom the Counts of Obersayn descended; the paly of seven argent and sable comes from the coat of arms of the Bishops of Kognat descended historically from the Counts of Wittgenstein; the azur lion rampant reversed argent is for Wittelsbach, reversed to denote the morganatic descent.

MurdocK said...

These sorts of details are needed in the descriptions!

Keep on blogging!