Excerpts from the book





          Written and illustrated by

          Carl Alexander von Volborth , K.St.J., A.I.H.


          Copenhagen 1973


          Internet version edited by   Andrew Andersen, Ph.D.








(p. 54)



An augmentation is an addition, i.e. a supplementary charge which a ruler adds to an already existing coat of arms to honour its bearer. The augmentation often consists of the sovereign's own bearings or a part thereof, or some other national symbol.



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281.  A chief with the principal charge of Belgium's arms (see p. 80), used as an augmentation by Belgian kings.



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283. Another form of augmentation used by the kings of Belgium: a chief made up of the Belgian flag.







282.  Augmentation for the Duke of Wellington after his victory over Napoleon: the Union Badge placed as an inescutcheon on Wallington's paternal arms. (The lions in the second and third quarters are usually shown with coronets about their necks.)



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284.  In 1465 King Louis II of France gave the Italian Piero de' Medici permission to re-place the topmost red roundel in the Medici arms with the arms of France, three gold fleurs-de-lys, set on a blue roundel.



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285. The red fess with the badge of the Order signifies that the bearer is a Knight of the Legion of Honour (Napoleon's augmentation for Cuvier, 1811.)



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286.  Arms of the French city of Clermont-Ferrand. The four fleurs-de- lys are a royal augmentation to the city's original arms.