Angels are frequently used as supporters for coats of arms but a less likely to be found on the crest or used as a charge.

Kip Kay @ Heraldry on History Road ©2008-2011

Angel, (fr. Ange}: The figure is always represented in full aspect, the wings extended with points upwards. Angels’ wings also occur; and in the singular arms of the family of Eaphael, Surrey, the angel Raphael is named in connection with Ararat; q.v. Angels are found as supporters, and a single angel frequently as a crest.

Argent, on a chevron sable three angels kneeling, habited in long robes close girt, their hands conjoined elevated upon their breasts, wings displayed or—Maelor Crwm, Caernarvon.

Azure, a pillar erect between two angel’s wings, elevated or—Awborn.

Gules, an Angel standing erect with hands conjoined and elevated on the breast, habited in a long robe, girt argent, wings displayed or— Bean-gob (or Berenger) of Cervisia, 1413

A Glossary of Terms Used in Heraldry; Parker & Company (1894).

Pimbley’s Dictionary of Heraldry; Arthur Pimbley (1908).

Angels, though very frequently met with as supporters, are far from being usual, either as a charge upon a shield or as a crest. The crest of Leslie, however, is an angel.

Cherubs are far more frequently to be met with. They are represented in various forms, and will be found in the arms of Chaloner, Thackeray, Maddocks, and in the crest of Carruthers.

A Complete Guide to Heraldry; Arthur Charles Fox-Davies (1909).

The arms of France with Angels as Supporters

An Illustrated Dictionary of words used in Art and Archaeology; J.W Mollett (1883).

Originally posted 2010-11-03 11:50:27.


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