The journal of The Heraldry Society


Sword pommel in form of scalloped disc, said to have been found in Northern Israel.

Founded as a quarterly by John Brooke-Little in 1952, The Coat of Arms (CoA) is now in its third series, which commenced in 2005 under the editorship of Clive Cheesman and Peter O’Donoghue. The journal now comes out twice a year and is intended to publish original scholarly research on heraldry and allied subjects. Read more.

Illustrated, a copper-alloy sword pommel cast in the form of a scalloped disc, said to have been found in Northern Israel, with a blue enamelled lion passant guardant on one face and an impaled coat of arms (as yet unidentified) on the other. See the article by Steven Ashley and Martin Biddle in the current number of CoA for a fuller discussion. Photograph by courtesy of Roger Dundas.

In the current issue

CoA (3rd ser.) 11 (2015), part 2: no 230

  • Recent finds of late twelfth- or early thirteenth-century sword and dagger pommels associated with the Crusades. By Steven Ashley and Martin Biddle.
  • The emergence of the word ‘heraldry’ in the seventeenth century and the roots of a misconception. By Torsten Hiltmann.
  • Changes of arms in colonial North America: the strange case of Custis. By Joseph McMillan.
  • Richard III’s standard bearer. By Robert W. Jones.
  • A Hapsburg archducal chronogram on a lost monument. By Norman Hammond.
  • Book reviews; project report; and the usual round-ups of recent finds, conferences and other items of interest.