Family Crests and Coats of Arms, in some cases as early as the tenth century. These Family Crests can be engraved on rings, hand painted on plaques or embroidered on canvas. In the castles and stately homes in Europe you will find the family Coat of Arms proudly hanging on walls of drawing rooms or engraved on copper plaques.
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Family Crests and Coats of Arms were in ancient times used to identify the family residing in the castle or home. Kings and Queens were noted to have worn jewelry with the Coat of Arms or Family Crest engraved on the jewelry. Family Crest Rings were very common, as they were used to create the famous wax seal.
Heraldry is not purely confined to nobility and aristocracy. In the beginning the peasant with no property had no cause to assume arms. He would not be allowed to display family crest or arms. In Europe people are surrounded by heraldry from the day they are born. Family Crests are found in castles, colleges and in cathedrals. Displayed with heraldic achievements and lots of pride.