The Grammar of Heraldry/Chapter 2

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265165The Grammar of Heraldry — Dividing LinesJohn Edwin Cussans


The shield is divided by various lines drawn through it, as follows:—

Fig. 6 – 8
Fig. 6 – 8

The meaning of these terms will be understood by reference to the Ordinaries.

The partition lines dividing a shield are not always straight; they may assume any of the following forms:—

These last five, however, are seldom to be met with.

When a shield is blazoned as quaterly, it does not necesarily follow that it is divided into four portions. Fig. 24, for instance, would be described as quaterly of 10.