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Thus the antelope signifies harmony, polity and peace.

It was even a device that was once born by King Richard I.

Maritime devices are found less often on the continent where many countries are essentially landlocked, but Cosmo de Medici, the Duke of Etruria is an example of a Spanish noble who bore two anchors on his shield. As a closed circle, it is symbolic of continuity and wholeness.

The ape is not a very common symbol in heraldry but when it is found it is usually ‘collared and chained’, with the collar encircling its waist rather than its neck.

It is found as a charge on shields and crests, and also as a supported in coats of arms.

In the case of Polish armoury, bows and arrows signify a man resolved to challenge himself to the utmost in battle, and who has prepared himself to the fall in the fight.

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See below for the fascinating hidden meaning behind heraldry symbols.Just click the letter of your choice to find out more.

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It is a common figure in the English armour, which is not surprising given that Britain is an island.In heraldry, the ape is a symbol of sin, malice, craftiness and lust.It is thought to have indicated a moral obligation on the part of the bearer to conquer all sins, and been a reminder of one’s morals, ethics and religion.The Romans are said to have worn a ring as a sign of knighthood and rings are still used at some coronations and in the institution of knighthood.The annulet may have been borne to indicate that the bearer had the superior qualities of a knight. On English arms, an annulet was a mark of cadency signifying the fifth son.It represents someone who is skilful at music and a lover of harmony, someone with a keen mind for politics and the ability to foresee times and opportunities well, and lastly, a person who is unwilling to assail his enemies rashly, who would prefer to stand his ground than risk harming another wrongfully.