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Heraldic Crosses

Largely because of their extensive use during the Crusades, crosses play a major role in heraldry. There are nearly four hundred varieties known to have been used. However, there are only 20 or so forms that occur widely. Beyond geometrical concenience, there can be no doubt that the heraldic cross was intended to represent the Sarced Cross. But with the contemporary shortening of the shields, the shape of the cross changed as well. Gradually it morphed into one that's dimensions were nearly equal in length and width.

  • cross botonny
    cross botonny

  • Calvary cross
    Calvary cross

  • cross clechee
    cross clechée

  • couped cross
    cross couped
    (or cross humetty)

  • cross crosslet
    cross crosslet

  • crosslet fitched
    cross crosslet

  • crucifix

  • cross fimbriated
    cross fimbriated
    (or cross bordured)

  • cross fleurette
    cross fleuretté

  • cross flory
    cross flory

  • Maltese cross
    Maltese cross

  • cross moline
    cross moline

  • cross parted and fretty
    parted and fretty

  • passion cross
    passion cross

  • cross patee
    cross patée
    (or cross formée)

  • cross patee fitched
    cross patée

  • cross patee fitched at food
    cross patée
    fitched at foot

  • cross patee quadrate
    cross patée quadrate

  • cross patonce
    cross patonce

  • patriarchal cross
    patriarchal cross

  • pointed cross
    pointed cross

  • pomme
    cross pommé

  • potent
    cross potent

  • potent rebated
    cross potent rebated
    (a.k.a. fylfot)

  • cross quatrate
    cross quadrate


  • cross quarter pierced
    cross quarter-pierced

  • tau
    cross tau

  • cross voided
    cross voided