The other components of the Taber Coat of Arms include:
(the heraldic device at the top of a Coat of Arms)
Blazon of the Crest-
A railway water tank Or.
The water tank represents water tank number 77 that served the early engines of the railroad in Taber and that was the genesis of the town. The heraldic term "Or" means that the colour used for the crest is gold.
(the heraldic devices applicable for corporate bodies, including municipalities, and to some individuals in specific categories. They support or hold up the shield and stand on ground called a compartment)
Blazon of the Supporters
Dexter a horse, sinister an antelope Or, each gorged with a collar of wild roses proper pendent therefrom a pentagon Sable, the dexter charged with two pickaxes in saltire and the sinister charged with a locomotive wheel Or, both standing on a mound of earth set with sugar beets, corn, and wheat proper. Dexter a horse, sinister an antelope Or, each gorged with a collar of wild roses proper pendent therefrom a pentagon Sable, the dexter charged with two pickaxes in saltire and the sinister charged with a locomotive wheel Or, both standing on a mound of earth set with sugar beets, corn, and wheat proper.
In heraldry the reference to the sides of a shield are based from the vantage of a person holding the shield from behind it. This means that what appears to our left is from the right hand of the shield, the "Dexter" side and what appears to be on our right side is the left hand side, the "Sinister" side (and sinister simply means left, not evil or bad).
In explaining the Supporters the term “dexter” means that the horse in on the right hand of the shield and “sinister” means that the antelope is on the left hand side; and both are coloured “Or," gold. The horse and antelope are standing on their hind legs to permit their forelimbs to support the shield; thus they are Supporters. Both animals have their head and neck “gorged (passed through) a collar of wild roses proper” (coloured in actual colours). From each collar is hanging a “pendent therefrom a pentagon Sable” (a five-sided black coloured pendent). The “dexter charged” is the pendent on the horse’s collar “with two pickaxes in saltire” which are the two crossed pickaxes; the “sinister charged” is the pendent of the antelope’s collar “with a locomotive wheel." Both are coloured “Or," gold. The term “both standing on a mound of earth set with sugar beets, corn, and wheat” describes the shape and items on the Compartment and these are “proper," coloured in real colours.
In our modern language the horse signifies the pit ponies used in the coal mines. It also represents the horse power of transportation in its various forms, the use of horses in agriculture, the herding of livestock, and the western heritage and culture of cowboys. The antelope represents local fauna. The collar of wild roses represents the province of Alberta. The pentagon shaped pendants emphasize the relationship of the town to its origin of coal mining and rail transportation. Their shape alludes to both coal and the structure of the water tank. The coal fed railway engines, represented by the locomotive wheel. The compartment holds examples of local crops.
The helmet is a heraldic device used to support the Crest and separate it from the Shield. For a municipality the Helmet faces the observer rather that facing at an angle towards the dexter side of the Arms; the way a Helmet would face for Arms of an individual.
The Torse is a heraldic device that joins the Helmet to the Crest; it resembles a twisted cloth and is coloured in the tinctures (heraldic colours) of the Arms. In the Arms for Taber the Torse is coloured “Or” (gold) and “Vert” (green).
The cloth that waves out from either side of the Helmet is called the Mantle. This Mantle is a depiction of a cloth originally draped from the back of the helmet and used to protect the helmet wearer from the hot sun. Its shape is the result of the cloth being ripped and torn from use. It is another aspect of a Coat of Arms used to embellish the image and its tinctures (heraldic colours) reflect the principal colours of the Arms, “Or” (gold) and “Vert” (green).
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