Crawford, Victor Allen, III

Registration Information:

  • Society of American Armigers Registry No.: AA0051
  • Registration Date: 1 December 2018
  • Heraldic Artist: Allen Crawford
  • Armiger: Victor Allen Crawford III, Mount Holly, New Jersey, USA

* The following blazon and/or emblazonment are hereby Certified by the armiger listed, to be his/her original (or inherited/matriculated) Arms.

Category: American Armigers

Arms as interpreted by Allen Crawford
Arms as interpreted by Allen Crawford

Blazon:

Arms:  Gules, a fess Ermine between three dogwood blooms {Cornus florida} Argent, seeded Or and sepaled Vert.

Crest:  Issuant from a chaplet of alternate pitch pine cones {Pinus rigida} and pitcher plant pitchers {Sarracenia purpurea} Argent with four and five visible, a male cardinal {Cardinalis cardinalis} rousant, wings raised and addorsed, holding in its dexter claw a quill fashioned from an osprey feather {Pandion haliaetus}, all Proper.

Motto:  Floreat Natura

Alternate Motto:  Audeo

Individual Badge:  A luna moth (Actias luna) displayed, surrounded by a ring of twelve ten-pointed stars.

Family Badge:  A dogwood bloom inside an annulet.

Design Rationale:

Shield:  The red field and ermine fess represents the ancient stem arms of House Crawford, which was borne by the armiger's direct ancestors (the Baidland-Ardmillan line). The three dogwood blooms around the fess represent the Eastern Woodlands of North America, specifically the Ohio River Valley, where the armiger's family settled.

Crest:  Unlike the shield, which is shared with his family, the crest is unique to the armiger. The Northern Cardinal is a small, bright, bold songbird of the open woodlands that prefers the trees to the clouds. The cardinal is not a bird of prey: it is a songbird that prevails by speed, wit, and nerve rather than brute force. The cardinal is also the state bird of all the Ohio River Valley states, where the armiger's family settled. The quill held in the cardinal’s right claw represents Crawford's vocation as a designer, illustrator and writer. The osprey feather indirectly alludes to his family’s move to the coast of southern New Jersey.

Circlet:  The pine cones and pitcher plants represent the New Jersey Pine Barrens, the largest remaining parcel of wilderness on the Mid-Atlantic Seaboard between Washington DC and Boston. The armiger is deeply involved in its conservation.

Motto:  “Floreat Natura”, which in Latin means “May nature flourish".

Badge:  The Luna Moth is a symbol of beauty and transformation. The ring of ten-pointed stars represents fireflies, symbolizing the realm of imagination. The badge suggests an allegiance to small, beautiful, quiet things, but it primarily represents the transformation of the self through dreams. There are no colors attached to the badge, but is often displayed in federal blue and leaf green, which allude to wild places, specifically the NJ Pine Barrens.

Other Registration(s):

Other Items & Honors

Individual (Personal) Badge:  A luna moth (Actias luna) displayed, surrounded by a ring of twelve ten-pointed stars.

The Luna Moth is a symbol of beauty and transformation. The ring of ten-pointed stars represents fireflies, symbolizing the realm of imagination. The badge suggests an allegiance to small, beautiful, quiet things, but it primarily represents the transformation of the self through dreams. There are no colors attached to the badge, but is often displayed in federal blue and leaf green, which allude to wild places, specifically the NJ Pine Barrens.

Family Badge:  A dogwood bloom inside an annulet

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