Dolphin. Generally drawn naiant embowed, and therefore unnecessary to name it. P. 32, f. 1. But if borne hauriant or torqued, as f. 2, or in any ottier position, it must be mentioned.
The Dolphin, in Heraldry, seems originallyto have conveyed an idea of Sovereignty.
The first of the Troubadours was called theDauphin, or Knight of the Dolphin, from bearing that figure on his shield.
The Dolphin appears to have been employedon early Greek coins as an emblem of the sea.
Vespasian had medals struck with a dolphinentwining: an anchor, in token of the naval superiority of Rome.