The puzzling achievement of Canada's....

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Posted by: Marc-André Laverdière

Created on: November 6 2015 at 3:41

The puzzling achievement of Canada's arms.

I'm linking to a page within the site of the Royal Heraldry Society of Canada that has all its history.

One thing that puzzles me is how the achievement renders the blazon, and that means there's something I have to learn! I'm skipping the supporters because they are not relevant to the questions I have.

1) The arms are supposed to be tierced in fess, yet the third fess takes roughly half of the field, though it used to be 1/3rds in the 1923 achievement.
2) The maple leaves in base are Proper, and the one in the crest is Gules. And yet their look the same. In the 1923 achivement, Proper = Vert. How come??? And why not normalize the blazon then?

Arms: Tierced in fess: the first two divisions containing the quarterly coat following, namely, 1st Gules three lions passant guardant in pale or, 2nd, Or a lion rampant within a double tressure flory-counter-flory Gules, 3rd, Azure a harp or stringed Argent, 4th, Azure, three fleurs-de-lis Or, and the third division Argent three maple leaves conjoined on one stem proper.
Crest: Upon a Royal helmet mantled argent doubled Gules the Crest, that is to say, On a wreath of the colours Argent and Gules a lion passant guardant or imperially crowned proper and holding in the dexter paw a maple leaf Gules.

Coat of Arms of Canada

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