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Chapter IV

Significance Coat of Arms
The Family of Bunn

The family of Bunn has a Coat-of-Arms. The authority is Burke's "General Armory" - 1878 edition, page 144. Another recording of the Bunn Coat of Arms and the Bunn Crest is found in the book entitled General Armory, England, Scotland, Ireland, and Wales - Burke London, 1884, page 114. A further recording of the crest in colors is found in Fairbairns Book of Crests - of the families of Great Britain and Ireland 44th edition, Page 86.

Burke's Armory describes the Arms, Crest, and Motto as follows:

Arms: Argent, on three grieces sable, gules are azure, a cross cavalry of the third, in Chief two Crescents gules.
Crest: An ostrich's head argent, collared gules between two palm branches vert.
Motto: None recorded. Under heraldic law any user of any arms may adopt and use any motto desired. Most mottos seen in use have been adopted.

If these heraldic descriptions are translated to modern terms, the tinctures, or color tones, describing the Coat of Arms are as follows:

The shield is silver. The three grieces or steps ate of black, red, and blue in rotation downward. The Cross is of red. The ostrich's head is of silver; its collar is of red. You will note in the illustration that the ostrich has ears. This was the ancient heraldic conception of the bird. The palm branches are of green. The Crest rests on a wreath of alternate twists of red and silver. The ribbon is of silver; and the Moto, if one is adopted and used, is lettered in red.

A Coat of Arms was used by feudal families in England and elsewhere during medieva1 times as a means of identification and participation in events as well as serving as proof to certain furnishings and retaining of the family. For instance, the Coat-of-Arms was often stamped on the leather goods and trappings that a knight used in riding missions of one sort or another. There was a time in the golden age of heraldry where man practically had to be a horseman in order to become a knight. Horses were early war machines for they provided both power and mobility. A knight proudly stamped his Coat of Arms on the leather goods saddled on his favorite charger.

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