Here is a link-list to those states I have information on to which I have also placed a heraldic thumbnail sketch of the device used by the locality. In almost all instances, the localities are European, and only states which existed from approximately 1150 CE are referenced, since heraldry as we understand the term is a European phenomenon, and was used in a sense we would recognize only after the 12th century. The sketches illustrated in this archive are my own work, and should be viewed with a certain amount of tolerance for their approximate nature: pixel-editing small GIFs means that some fine detail will be inevitably be lost.
separate note: The representations depicted here will in most cases be
the latest available designs. Heraldic armoury evolves over time, no less
for nations than for individuals. Rather than go through the confusing
process of putting up more than one device for some states, and trying
to explain the chronological sequence of artistic development in an archive
not primarily devoted to such issues, I generally use the later and more
fully articulated designs.
Go to the Image Archive.
Belgium Identical to Brabant, which see below.
Brabant Inherited by Belgium, which see above.
Burgundy, County (Franche Comte)
Great Britain Composed of England, Scotland, and Ireland, each of which see separately as well.
Hesse-DarmstadtThese were slightly altered in 1806 to distinguish them from H.-Cassel, above.
Holy Roman Empire
Ireland The arms of the Kingdom.
Japan The Chrysanthemum Mon has been a recognized symbol of the Imperial Family for a very long time.
Lord of the Isles
Majorca & the Balearic Isles
(Kts. of) Malta
Münster The ecclesiastic city in northwest Germany.
Ottoman EmpireNot a European-style armorial device, the toughra was nevertheless an often used symbol.
Prussia This list begins with Brandenburg, in the early Middle Ages. Prussia was absorbed 1618.
Teutonic KnightsThis device is the source for the German military decoration of the Iron Cross.
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Return to the main page of Regnal Chronologies.
See also Francois Velde's page on Heraldry by Countries.
Here is a link to The College of Arms in Great Britain.