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Civic heraldry of France - Armorial de France/La France héraldique
Département : Haute-Vienne
De gueules, au chef de Saint Martial de carnation, orné à l’antique d’or, ombré de sable, entre deux lettres gothiques d’or S et M ; au chef d’azur, chargé de trois fleurs de lis d’or.
Limoges was evangelized by Saint Martial, who came to the city around 250 with two companions, Alpinianus and Austriclinienus.
The arms thus show the bust of St. Martial as well as his initials S.M. The chief shows the three fleur-de-lys of the Royal French arms, indicating the importance of the city.
The arms in the Café Sanka album +/- 1932
The arms on a tobacco card by Laurens
The arms by Guilbert, 1853
The arms on a trade card from Félix Potin
The arms on a postcard by Barré Dayez
The arms on a postcard by Kroma
The arms on a postcard by Maurice Jacquez
Literature : Louis, 1949
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