Today I am going to talk about the heraldry I designed for the de Velmont family. As many of you should be aware, I re-enact as Bishop Thomas de Velmont in the medieval period.
When I first considered the arms for the de Velmonts, I hit upon a cant ( a heraldic pun). In this case, it was a dreadful mix of 'olde' English and French: 'Devel Monte', meaning 'The devil climbs'. I also settled on the motto Carpe Premium ( Seize the Prize) and this led, inexorably, to the first blazon:
Per bend sable and argent a demon rampant gardant gules its feet on the bend holding a pearl proper.