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Heraldic Beasts-Hampton Court Palace-EXCERPT: 'Some of the most characteristic features of Tudor gardens were carved heraldic beasts and animals mounted on the top of tall poles, representing the strong underlying themes of fantasy and heraldry. These figures of heraldic beasts or ‘Bestes’ were also found on house gables, roof lines, gateposts, banners and even on top of tents.'

Jan Vermeyen | 1602 datiert This crown is the most important work of the European goldsmiths art. It was made in Prague in 1602 as the personal crown of Emperor Rudolf II, who had been Holy Roman Emperor since 1576.

Heraldic gate, College of Arms This is curious for me as I have some antique pieces from Ireland with THAT BIRD, exactly as pictured on the top part of the crown. MsMaine

The Christchurch Gate at Canterbury Cathedral, Kent; with Tudor heraldic arms and badges. (

Heraldic shield [«France ancien»], St. Nicholas Church, Great Yarmouth, Norfolk, England, UK -- photo by Leo Reynolds, 2005

Porticullis, a heraldic badge used by the Beaufort and Tudor families. (Photo by Lawrence OP. creative commons, flickr via the Churches Conservation Trust)