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THE RUSSIAN COLLEGE OF HERALDRY



The Russian Imperial Double-headed Eagle within the Robe of Estate. Inscription in Old Russian means The Russian College of Heraldry

EXCELLENT HERALDIC ART – WORLDWIDE

     Heraldry or armory is the science and the art that deals with the use, meaning, knowledge, display and regulation of hereditary symbols, emblems or pictured signs employed to distinguish individuals, institutions and corporations. These symbols, which originated as identification devices on flags and shields from the chivalric times of the Crusades, are called armorial bearings.

     On a conventional coat of arms the shield is the principal part on which the charges or figures are depicted according to national heraldic traditions and rules of blazon. The full armorial achievement may also comprise a helmet, a mantling or lambrequin, a wreath or torse, a crest coronet, a crown or chapeau, a crest, a motto or a cris-de-guerre on an escrol, supporters on a compartment and, sometimes, a mantle or a robe of estate, as well as various augmentations of honour, insignia of knighthood, heraldic flags, banners, standards and badges.

     The flowering of fine arts in the late Russian Empire, whose highest standards we have been endeavouring to follow and revive, has generated a unique artistic style, the impressiveness of which inspired Commander Valery Yegorov to design all the various attractive images, features, and devices that constitute and adorn this website.

     The heraldic services of the CHR are available worldwide to all persons of honour. Although we are the Russian College of Heraldry, the title is geographic rather than demographic. Whilst the College has headquarters in the Russian Federation, its armigership is international, and so includes the United States of America, the United Kingdom, Germany, France, Spain, Italy, Austria, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Sweden, Uruguay, Japan, Thailand, Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines, etc. The international nature of the College is in evidence by the fact that we normally use our name in Latin – the Collegium Heraldicum Russiae. Hence the established abbreviation – CHR.


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Russia Magna

RUSSIA MAGNA – RUSSIA THE GREAT

"For the Faith, the Tsar and the Motherland"



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THE RUSSIAN COLLEGE OF HERALDRY


     Re-established in 1991, incorporated in Russia as a non-profit organization in May 1995 (Reg. No. 2757), the Russian College of Heraldry provides excellent heraldic artwork, Russian-style Armorial Diplomas, registration in the Matricula Armorum (Special Part), and a worldwide heraldic service.

     Our College – more customarily called in Latin COLLEGIUM HERALDICUM RUSSIAE (CHR) – was re-established in 1991 under the high patronage of His Imperial Highness The Grand Duke Vladimir Kirillovich (1917 – 1992), in his capacity then as Head of the Russian Imperial House of Romanov. Being afterwards duly registered with Russia`s Ministry of Justice, the CHR is now the sole non-governmental heraldic body legitimately entitled, in accordance with its Statutes, – "To create, produce, register, and publish coats of arms for individuals and corporations ".

     Among numerous splendid pictures of various Armorial Bearings, here on this website you will find the first post-revolutionary full-colour rendition of the Greater Coat of Arms of the Russian Empire, as well as the full blazon (verbal description) of the same, and the historical translation in the following five languages: English, French, German, Italian and Spanish.

     The Russian College of Heraldry has two websites. They are similar in structure and design, but are intended to have different content. We kindly invite you to visit both. Please be patient when downloading the graphics pages; we believe that they are worth the wait.


WELCOME TO OUR HERALDIC ART GALLERY

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