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1.2 Early heraldry 


Other parts of the knight's armour were added to armorial bearings early in the history of heraldry.

Decorating helmets and crests is an ancient idea that medieval heraldists adopted from the very start.


A crest can be used without

the helm.

The ornamental drapery that flows from the crest, called mantling, originated from the cloth covering the back of the neck. 

The wreath is the rolled top of the mantle used to hold it in place. It is shown in the two main tinctures of the shield - "wreath of the colour".

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