When it comes to Coat of Arms design, tool making and print production, experience counts. To work on the extremely fine detail, to understand all the elements on show and to make sure that everything is perfect upon completion takes years of training, knowledge and an eye for detail that few can offer. At Downey we have over 100 years of experience in the Coat of Arms design and print service. We are unrivalled experts in Great Britain. With our long history in the hand engraving master craft, we are already fully accustomed with an eye for detail and perfectionism that is critical when reproducing a Coat of Arms design.
We have a long list of Coat of Arms customers who are located from all over the globe and we often see a wide range of Coat of Arms design that reflect the characteristics of each country the Arms originated in. There are clear differences between a Coat of Arms that has originated from Switzerland for example, to one that has been originated in The United States. When compared, you will notice key differences in their coat of arms design that distinguishes both countries. This could be a different shield shape along with certain visual clues such as a golden eagle, a key, a crown and many other intriguing factors that all contribute to a truly individual and distinctive coat of arms design.
The study of Coat of Arms design is a study of symbology and language. Everything displayed has meaning and purpose, nothing is included by accident. The specific Coat of Arms tell a historic story of the individual, the family origins, their passions and personal interests, whatever these may be. You will be able to learn that someone is a keen horse rider as you would expect to see it featured on their Arms or perhaps for a business leader you would expect to see a handshake depicted in their Coat of Arms design. A jeweller, for example, you might expect to see a diamond, or another precious stone contained within their Coat of Arms design.
It is not just individuals that are able to incorporate traits into their coat of arms design, we work with many international bodies, governments, embassies and businesses from all fields that have had them granted.
The most likely stationery items we produce showing the Coat of Arms are invitations, letterheads, note card sets and visiting cards. Often there is no need to show the name of the individual as the Arms act as an identifier to the recipient.
The best way to print the Coat of Arms stationery is with the die stamping (also known as the engraved) process. We deconstruct the Coat of Arms design and separate into each colour shown. The individual colours are then engraved into a unique copper plate, also known as a die. These are then systematically stamped on press and layered colour by colour to create the finished Coat of Arms design. As a finishing touch, we then give a final multi-level emboss to create shape and if you have a gold or silver showing, this also gives a final polish, known as a burnish, to the metallic for an extra shine. The tools that have created this artwork can be reused again and can be passed down the generations as time goes by.
To print Coat of Arms is a true artisan process and can bring out the very best of print production. It is often seen as the pinnacle of printing and we are extremely proud to be one of the best in the business at this. If you have a Coat of Arms design or wish to have one created, then do get in touch with Downey’s team of seasoned experts.