Achievement


The coat of arms (helmet, crest, mantling, motto) fully emblazoned according to the rules of heraldry.  The lozenge-shaped achievements that are displayed on the outside of the houses of person decreased are commonly called hatchments.

An achievement in heraldry is a complete display of arms, crest and other accessories. An achievement is made up of six items.

1. The shield -The shield is the part of the achievement most people think in heraldry. It carries the special devices or objects, called charges, which make that particular coat-of-arms distinct from any other. The shield often appears by itself without any other parts of an achievement.

2. The helmet – This appears above the shield, and its typing position indicates the rank of the owner.

3. The mantling or lambrequin – This sweeps round from the top of the helmet and drapes each side of the shield. It is said that this is a representation of the mantle worn by a knight in warm climates for protection from the sun on the metal.

4.The wreath or torse – A piece of twisted silk which covers the joint of the helmet and the crest.

5. The crest – This was originally the object which knights used to wear attached to their helmets particularly at jousts.

6. Mottos – They usually occur on a scroll normally placed beneath the shield or over the crest.