Elmes (of Teddington) Family Connections
Warriors in the Middle Ages developed coats of arms for recognition as a means of identifying other friendly warriors at times of war and battle. These were also used for glorification and identity at tournaments and jousting competitions.
Coats of arms uses today, still one of identity, serve no more than to preserve the traditions of their earlier use.
Artists of Heraldic regalia, in describing individual Coats of Arms, developed their own language unique to themselves. There are often a number of different Coats of Arms recorded to a specific surname.
The 'ELMES coat of arms' is recorded in Burke's General Armory as follows:
"Erm. Two bars SA. Each charged with five Elm leaves or"
When translated, describes the original colours of the Elmes arms as -
"ERMIN; TWO NARROW BLACK HORIZONTAL BARS, EACH CHARGED WITH FIVE GOLD ELM LEAVES."
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