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County of Charles City, Commonwealth of Virginia


Registration number 20061018T


This certifies that the heraldic arms of County of Charles City, Commonwealth of Virginia are registered as an original design and described by the blazon below

Arms: Per chevron Or and Sable in chief two wreaths of laurel Vert in base a cross formée Or a bordure Vert charged with eight mullets, one in chief Or and seven Argent.
Crest: On a wreath Or and Vert on a mound Vert a torch Or flamed Or winged Argent between maze plants leaved and fruited Or.
Supporters: Two turkey cocks Or.
Motto: Peace through understanding
Badge: An increscent and decrescent conjoined Argent ensigned with an ancient crown Or.


Source

County website http://www.charlescity.org/1county.php

Grant

College of Arms (London)

Design rationale

Two laurel wreaths in a central gold badge represent the two Charles City born Presidents – William Henry Harrison and John Tyler. The cross symbolizes the first American missionary to Africa, the Rev. Lott Cary, who was born a slave in Charles City and became a founding father of Liberia. Green borders the central badge reminiscent of the green fields of a rural county. Eight stars on the green – seven silver and one gold – are emblematic of Charles City’s role as one of the eight original shires.

The torch, a symbol of learning, and two wings, symbols of liberty, stand for the free public schools started in Charles City in 1870.

Two stalks of maize [corn], represent an indigenous food supply important both to Native residents and European immigrants.

Two turkeys, symbolize the fowl that provided flesh, bones and feathers to the Native people.

Two interlocking crescents stand for the C’s in Charles City, named after the son of King James who later became King Charles I of England.

Registered by

Michael C. Swanson

Categories

County, Original, US, C

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