Heraldry is the art and science of designing and using a coat of arms. The study of coats of arms is also called armory. The practice of using distinct markings on a person’s shield started in the Middle Ages, when a knight’s helmet covered his face, making everybody look the same in battle. At first, only knights and nobility had coats of arms, but in the Middle Ages, some cities started using heraldry too. By the end of the Middle Ages, other people began using coats of arms, now called burgher arms, which means they belong to a regular person and not a member of the nobility. An official in charge of approving and recording coats of arms is called a herald.
At Yesteryears we provide historical and heraldic gifts, such as Coats of Arms and Surname Histories, as part of a product range designed to last a lifetime. Products include Coats of Arms & Surname Histories and other exclusive prints and scrolls, along with crystal and glass gifts, shields & wall plaques, Heraldic maps, fine jewellery and timepieces, and an extensive range of other presents, all adorned with your chosen Coat of Arms.
These unique and personalised products are not available on the high street, and make that perfect gift for anyone with an interest in their Coat of Arms or Family Name History. All products are quality keepsakes that appeal to people of all ages to display with pride and pass onto future generations.
Please check that your surname has a coat of arms associated to it by clicking the first letter of your surname below then if it’s listed you can browse our shop.