Antique when used in heraldry denotes a charge or other item drawn in the ancient tradition. This is used to convey a difference with the “contemporary” style of the age of the coat of arms.
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Antique, (fr.): a word not infrequent in the blazoning of coats of arms, signifying that the charge, &c., is to be drawn after the antique or ancient manner; e.g. an antique crown, boot, bow, escutcheon, thip, temple, plough, hulk, &c. The antique crown, for instance, is encircled by a series of plain triangular rays.
Argent, a lion rampant gules, crowned with an antique crown or— Roche, Ireland.
Azure, an antique bow in fess, and arrow in pale argent.—Muller.
Or, on a lion rampant sable, an antique escutcheon or, charged with a cross patty gules—Pownall.
A Glossary of Terms Used in Heraldry; Parker & Company (1894).
Originally posted 2010-11-20 10:23:17.