How Did AssumeArms.com Get Started?
started from my own curiousity about "Coats of Arms" as they are commonly called.
After a trip to England, where arms are more prevalent, I really wanted to find
out more about how you get and/or register them. I soon found out that there are
no regulations in the United States and as I am a graphic designer, I set out to
create my own "Coat of Arms."
the way I discovered quite a bit about them, particularly that they are actually
called Armorial Achievements
, Armorial Bearings
or sometimes just Arms
for short. I also found out that there are
precious few places to register them. The largest (The American College of Heraldry
) is also the most expensive
at about 325 dollars. They do a wonderful job but they, like a lot of organizations
surrounding heraldry, have very specific requirements about what you can and cannot
register. As an American heraldic artist, I find this a bit restrictive. I simply
wanted to create a place where any part or any style of Achievement may be registered,
recognized and reviewed for free, by anyone, 24/7.
So What's In It For You?
o glad you asked.
Pure joy and love of heraldry. Plus, I happen to be a web developer, so this site
costs very little to run and maintain. I do charge for design consultation and Achievement
creation, but I want everyone and anyone to register their arms at no cost. So fill
out our registration
and I will review it, resize your image (if you have one) and get it posted almost
immediately. If you don't have an emblazon (graphic representation of the blazon)
I would love to make you one. If you do not yet have a Coat Of Arms, but would like
to get started designing one, click on "Design
" to get an idea of what you want and then click on "Purchase
" and we'll get started right away.
Yours In Arms,
Michael C. Richards
Coat of Arms Registry