Coats of Arms were developed in the Middle Ages as a means of identifying warriors in battle and tournaments. The present function of the Coat of Arms (although still one of identity) serves more to preserve the traditions that arose from its earlier use.
Heraldic artists of old developed their own unique language to describe an individual Coat of Arms. The Coat of Arms illustrated herein was drawn by an heraldic artist from information recorded in ancient heraldic archives. Our research indicates that there are often times a number of different Coats of Arms recorded for a specific surname. When possible we select and translate the Coat of Arms most representative of your surname or its variant for illustration.
SETZER COAT OF ARMS HEREBY ILLUSTRATED IS OFFICIALLY DOCUMENTED IN RIETSTAP
ARMORIAL GENERAL. THE ORIGINAL DESCRIPTION OF THE ARMS (SHIELD) IS AS
"EC.: AUX 1 ET 4 D'ARG. A UN ARCHER, POSE DE PROFIL., HAB. DE GU., LE CARQUOIS SUR LE DOS, POSE SUR UNE TERRASSE DE SIN., ET DECHARGANT UNE FLECHE D'UN ARC; AUX 2 ET 3 D'AZUR A UN COURONNE D'OR."
TRANSLATED THE BLAZON ALSO DESCRIBES THE ORIGINAL COLORS OF THE SETZER
"QUARTERED: 1 AND 4) SILVER, AN ARCHER PLACED IN PROFILE, DRESSED IN RED, WITH A QUIVER ON HIS BACK, PLACED ON A GREEN GROUND AND SHOOTING AN ARROW FROM A BOW; 2 AND 3) BLUE, A GOLD CROWN."
SHIELD AND HELMET IS THE CREST WHICH IS DESCRIBED AS:
"THE ARCHER ISSUING BETWEEN TWO WINGS DIVIDED HORIZONTALLY; THE ONE TO THE RIGHT IS GOLD OVER BLUE AND THE ONE TO THE LEFT IS SILVER OVER RED."
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