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Section: QUARTERLY

Summer 2007: Princely Larch

Author: The.Heraldry.Ru / Publication date: 2007-10-15

Summer 2007: Princely LarchThis handsome coat of the City of Pelym (Province of Sverdlovsk, Ural; designed by A. Greifenstein, GHA[R]) evokes both the local nature and the historical Principality of Pelym - a vast State of the Mansi [or Vogul] nation, gradually absorbed by Russia in the course of the 15th and 16th centuries. The descendants of the ruling Princes of Pelym were admitted as Russian untitled nobles (although the Princely status was eagerly maintained in the family tradition): whence the colour of the cap - Gules, not Purpure as in the case of the recognised Princes.

The fir-twigged cross is emblazoned more naturalistically than usual, this being defined in the blazon as "fir-twigged with needles [visible]". Earlier project contained a "larchy" cross instead. This latter pattern, recently introduced by the Russian Heraldry Office, has the extremities rounded, not angled as in the case of the traditional fir-twigged "spruced" pattern.

Arms adopted by the city on July 2, 2006; registered by the Heraldry council on October 31, 2006 (No. 2482). The municipal flag, registered separately, reflects the coat of arms with a kind of a respectable uninventiveness. The drawing of the arms for the certificate of the Heraldry council (see below), painted by M. Medvedev, GHA[R], follows the original graphic version by A. Greifenstein very close - this being done on the request of the municipality.

© 2006 The.Heraldry.Ru / D.Ivanov, M. Medvedev