Kasparek, Rick Edward

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Registration Information

Society of American Armigers Registry No.: AA0003

Registration Date: 25 February 2017

Date Assumed: 7 July 2006

Heraldic Artist: Alexander Kurov

Armiger: Rick Edward Kasparek of Midland, Texas USA

Copyright: Blazon © Copyright 2006 Rick E. Kasparek, All Rights Reserved.

Blazon

Arms of Rick Edward Kasparek of Midland, Texas, USA as emblazoned by Alexander Kurov

* The following blazon and/or emblazonment are certified by the armiger to be his/her original (or inherited) lawful property.

  • Arms: Sanguine, a Lion rampant, double queued Argent, tufted Or and langued Gules holding in its paws by the bows three keys fesswise bows interlaced wards to dexter facing downwards Or and in chief a mullet of eight points Or all within a tressure Or.
  • Crest: Upon a wreath Or and Sanguine a griffin segreant Argent langued Gules, beaked, armed, winged and tufted Or supporting in its talons an heraldic rose Or slipped and leaved proper.
  • Motto: Honoris Causa (for the sake of honor)
  • Second Motto: (typically used with the badge) ad stellam inaccessibilem attingere (to reach the unreachable star).
  • Primary Badge: A Sea-Griffin erect Sanguine, armed, beaked, nimbed (haloed), dorsal and tail fins Or, langued Azure grasping in its talons a Mullet of 8 points Or. (see Other Items & Honors below)
  • Tartan: Tartan based on the colors in the Arms (see Other Items & Honors below)

Design Rationale

Arms: The arms were designed in tribute to the armiger's late mother (nee Fagan) and in memoriam for his father Gerald Kasparek. Bruncvik's two-tailed (double queued) lion, first used in the 13th century Moravia represents the armiger's Czech ancestry. (This lion is most commonly 'emblazoned' or drawn in the Czech tradition as having a 'split tail' or 'queue forché' - a single tail which is split.) The three keys allude to the armiger, his brother, and sister; as well as an allusion to the armiger's three daughters. The 8 point star (sometimes referred to as the Sternberk star) is from the coat of arms of the Kašpárek's ancestral town of Zlin. All of this within a gold 'tressure', a play on the word 'treasure' which alludes to the idea that 'family is treasured' and to the myth that griffins (in the Crest) guarded treasure.

The lion standing beneath the star is an allusion to the family 'story' handed down tongue-in-cheek, of being descendants of Kaspar (Gaspar) who was one of the three magi who visited Christ in Bethlehem. Kaspar in Persian and Gisbar in Hebrew is sometimes translated as treasure bearer. The griffin in the crest is known from ancient times to be the guardian of treasure. 'Kaspar' is alternatively translated from Persian as treasured secret, the lion is standing within a tressure (treasure), and under the rose held by the griffin in the crest (sub rosa - or secret), thus alluding to treasured secret. Albeit a fanciful family tale, it does remind the armiger of the importance of the Epiphany when Christ was manifested to the gentiles represented by the Magi.

The sanguine color/stain of the shield represents the Kasparek bloodline/family and in heraldry, sanguine represents fortitude and victory in battle. It also reminds the armiger of the gemstone pyrope (Greek for fire/eye), a deep red (sanguine) member of the garnet group of gemstones commonly found in Bohemia. The Gold in the arms represents wisdom, generosity, and faith.

Crest: In the crest, the griffin is holding an heraldic rose, the griffin alludes to the Fagan side of the family as a griffin is used in the crest of well-known Fagan arms. The rose represents motherhood and is a tribute to the armiger's mother, and the 'Yellow Rose of Texas'. The griffin is also known to be a representation of Christ as it has both heavenly and earthly aspects as a creature of the air (the eagle as king of the birds) and a creature of the earth (the lion as the king of the beasts).

Badge: The domain of the Sea Griffin (grýphocampus) is of heaven (eagle), earth (lion), and sea (fish). The griffin is an ancient heraldic symbol of Christ as king of heaven and earth, the addition of the piscene tail alludes to the armiger's honorable service in the United States Navy. The halo represents the armiger's Christian faith and the 8 pointed star represents the armiger's ancestral town of Zlin, and also alludes to Heaven, the Epiphany, and Redemption as well as the quest for the unreachable star. The tincture Sanguine represents fortitude and victory in battle; Gold represents wisdom, generosity, and faith; and the Azure tongue represents truth. These elements symbolically allude to the ancient Greek elements of Earth (lion), Water (fish), Air (eagle), and Fire (the Star).


Private Registration(s)

  • 7 July 2006: Registration No. 20060707B, U.S. Heraldic Registry.
  • 20 February 2012: Registration No. 0222 (Vol.2), The Armorial Register - International Register of Arms.
  • 9 May 2012: Registration No. 325, the International Association of Amateur Heralds.
  • 28 November 2017: (Tartan) Registration No. 11995, the Scottish Register of Tartans.
  • 1 January 2018: O Projektu Heraldický Registr (Czech Republic) under Rick Edward Kasparek
  • 13 January 2018: Heraldry of the World Website, under Rick Edward Kasparek
  • International Association of Amateur Heralds, as Associate Fellow
  • 15 August 2018: Arms Certified by Don Alfonso de Ceballos-Escalera y Gila, Cronista de armas de Castilla y León (No. 31/2018)

Other Interpretations of the Blazon

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Artist: Rick Kasparek Artist: Dr. Joseph Crews Artist: Alexander Kurov Artist: Dr. Matthew Bray Artist: Quentin Peacock Artist: Denis Sirotinin

Other Items & Honors

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Badge: A Sea-Griffin erect Sanguine, armed, beaked, nimbed (haloed), dorsal and tail fins Or, langued Azure grasping in its talons a Mullet of 8 points Or (as emblazoned by Quentin Peacock).

The domain of the Sea Griffin (grýphocampus) is of heaven (eagle), earth (lion), and sea (fish). The griffin is an ancient heraldic symbol of Christ as king of heaven and earth, the addition of the piscene tail alludes to the armiger's honorable service in the United States Navy. The halo represents the armiger's Christian faith and the 8 pointed star represents the armiger's ancestral town of Zlin, and also alludes to Heaven, the Epiphany, and Redemption as well as the quest for the unreachable star. The tincture Sanguine represents fortitude and victory in battle; Gold represents wisdom, generosity, and faith; and the Azure tongue represents truth. These elements symbolically allude to the ancient Greek elements of Earth (lion), Water (fish), Air (eagle), and Fire (the Star).

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Standard: The armiger's standard as emblazoned by Antonio Salmerón Cabañas. On the fly, the arms; followed by the badge, the crest and the badge, with the motto 'honoris causa' (for the sake of honor).
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Personal Tartan: Registered 28 November 2017: Registration No. 11995, the Scottish Register of Tartans.

The Sanguine field represents fortitude and victory in battle, the Gold represents wisdom, generosity and faith, and in three strands represents the Trinity and the armiger's three daughters, the Sable (black) represents strength, power, and authority And Argent (white) represents truth, sincerity, peace, and purity.

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Royal Order of Kamehameha I: On 1 June 2021, the armiger was appointed as, and bestowed the title and honor of, Knight Commander[1] of the Royal Order of Kamehameha I by H.R.H. Prince Darrick Lane Hoapili Liloa Kamakahelei Baker of Hawaii, USA, who is considered to be a legitimate heir to the Royal House of Hawaii.
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Royal Order of Kalakaua I: On 5 July 2018, the armiger was appointed as, and bestowed the title and honor of, Knight Grand Officer[1] of the Royal Order of Kalakaua I by H.R.H. Prince Darrick Lane Hoapili Liloa Kamakahelei Baker of Hawaii, USA, who is considered to be a legitimate heir to the Royal House of Hawaii. On 24 February 2019, the armiger was promoted to Knight Grand Cross[1][2] of the Royal Order of Kalakaua I.
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Royal Order of the Star of Oceania: On 11 November 2017, the armiger was appointed as, and bestowed the title and honor of, Knight Commander[1] of the Royal Order of the Star of Oceania by H.R.H. Prince Darrick Lane Hoapili Liloa Kamakahelei Baker of Hawaii, USA, who is considered to be a legitimate heir to the Royal House of Hawaii. On 24 February 2019, the armiger was promoted to Knight Grand Cross[1][3] of the Royal Order of the Star of Oceania.
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Royal Order of the Lion of Rwanda: On 28 January 2019, the armiger was appointed as, and bestowed the title and honor of, Knight Commander[1][4] of the Royal Order of the Lion of Rwanda by H.M. King Yuhi VI of de jure Kingdom of Rwanda.
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Texas Navy: On 11 June 2019, the Armiger was commissioned as an Honorary Admiral[1] in the Texas Navy by Texas Governor Greg Abbot.

The Republic of Texas was its own country for a decade. The Texas Navy was essential to the Republic of Texas' independence from Mexico, allowing Texas to control the sea lanes along its coast. In 1958 Governor Price Daniel Sr., reactivated the Texas Navy. The current version of the Texas Navy is designed to assure the survival of Texas Naval history, and preserve the rights, boundaries, water resources and defense of Texas.

Notes & References

  1. a b c d e f g Verified by Brevet
  2. As Knight Grand Cross of the Royal Order of Kalakaua I, the recipient is entitled to use the postnomial letters KGCK (which is a higher honor than that of KGCO)
  3. As Knight Grand Cross of the Royal Order of the Star of Oceania, the recipient is entitled to use the postnomial letters KGCO
  4. As Knight Commander of the Royal Order of the Lion of Rwanda, the recipient is entitled to use the prenomial Chevalier and the postnomial letters KCLR
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