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Heraldry

The colours of the escutcheon, or of its ordinaries and charges, are: —

  • Yellow (the heraldic name of which is) Or.
  • White …………………………………… Argent.
  • Red …………………………………….. Gules
  • Blue …………………………………….. Azure
  • Black …………………………………… Sable
  • Green ………………………………….. Vert
  • Purple ………………………………….. Purpure
  • Orange ………………………………… Tenne
  • Dark Blood-red, inclining to purple … Sanguine or Murrey, from mulberry.

The two first being ordinarily represented by gold and silver, are called metals, and named by heralds after the French.

The two last are rarely seen in English coats of arms. The heraldic colours are usually estimated as five, — red, blue, black, green, purple.

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