Eschbach Coat of Arms
(Complements of Hal Eshbach)
This surname is of old feutonic local origin, "Esch" meaning "ash trees or trees", and "Bach" meaning "brook".
Lying east and west of the Rhine River from Basele, north to Cologne (81km), Germany, are six towns by the name of Eschbach: one west of Cologne, one east of Coblentz and north of Frankfort, one east of Freiburg, one a short distance southwest of Freiburg, one just northwest of Raganau, and one west of Landau. Baedeckers Guide lists the ruins of the Eschbacher Schloss (the Eshbach castle or manor house) near Landau. Since it is listed in the tourist guide book, there should be information on it somewhere.
Coat of Arms
The coat-of-arms belonging to the Eschbach, Eshbach family as given in Riestaps Armorial General, is as follows"
ARGENT, A FESS SABLE, BETWEEN THREE LIONS
HEADS ERASED SABLE, 2 AND 1, CROWNEL OR.
ARGENT - white or silver, signifies peace and sincerity.
FESSE - band borne to the center of the shield, the military belt or girdle of honor.
SABLE - black, denotes constancy and sometimes, but rarely, grief.
LION - has always held a high place in heraldry as the emblem of deathless courage.
OR - yellow or gold denotes generosity and elevation of mind.
CROWN -Generally in blazon (the verbal description of a coat-of-arms, so precise as to enable the reader to depict the escutcheon correctly, without assistance). This means ducal cornet.
ERASED -Having torn edge. Applied chiefly to the heads and limbs of Animals. An animal crowned is always so depicted unless Stipulated. (ex. without cap and showing only 3 leaves)
On The Blazon of Arms
By the term "blazon" is meant "the verbal description of a coat-of-arms, so precise as to enable the reader to depict the escutcheon correctly, without other assistance".
The rules universally adopted in such descriptions of arms are as follows:--
The field is first to be described, weather of one tincture or two. If of two, the form of division is to be mentioned, as per pale, per fesse, or barry, &c.; and also the divisionline as engrailed, wavy , &c.
If seme`e, with small charges, these must be mentioned; as also if the field of fretty.
The principal ordinary (except the chief) is next to be named. If there be none, the principal charge, being the one nearest the fesse point, or center of the shield; and this must be fully described, i.e., all peculiarities of form, tincture, or position.
The remaining charges placed on the field are to be described; the center charge being described as "between", or "surrounded by", or "within" them. Their place must also be described, unless there are three placed, two in chief and one in base, which is regarded as the usual mode.
Next, the charges on the principal charge are to be given.
The bordure with charges theron are to be mentioned.
The canton, or chief, with all charges theron, are to begiven.
Lastly, the differences, or marks of cadenecy, and the baronets badge, are enumerated.
The crest, supporters, and motto are to be separately blazoned after the shield.