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" Heralds that before the adoption of regular coata-of-arms there existed in Europe merely what were termed Badges, that is, " figures or devices assumed for " the purpose of being borne either absolutely alone, or "in connection with a Motto, as the distinctive... "
A manual of heraldry, historical and popular - Page 201
by Charles Boutell - 1863 - 427 pages
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Heraldry, Historical and Popular

Charles Boutell - Devices (Heraldry). - 1864 - 547 pages
...AD IIf90, in Westminster Abbey. CHAPTER XVn. BADGES; CRESTS; SUPPORTERS; MOTTOES, AND KNOTS. SECTION I. BADGES. A BADGE is an heraldic figure or device,...bearer; and thus, to a numerous class of Badges the term Rebns may be correctly applied. These Badges may also bo considered to have constituted in themselves...
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Transactions of the Asiatic Society of Japan, Volumes 4-5

Japan - 1888
...coats-of-arms there existed in Europe merely what were termed Badges, that is, " figures or devices assumed for " the purpose of being borne either absolutely...distinctive cognizance "of an individual or a family." Up to the present time Japanese Heraldry has advanced no farther than this primary state. No such thing...
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Transactions of the Asiatic Society of Japan

Japan - 1888
...is, " figures or devices assumed for " (lie purpose of being borne either absolutely alone, or "iu connection with a Motto, as the distinctive cognizance "of an individual or a family." Up to the present time Japanese Heraldry lias advanced no father (linn this primary state. No such...
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