Bucket shop (heraldry)

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In heraldry, a bucket shop is a company that will sell a coat of arms associated with the customer's surname, regardless of whether the customer can actually claim a relation to the original armiger.[1][2]

According to the Law of Arms in most heraldic jurisdictions, usage of a pre-existing coat of arms must be predicated on some form of relation. Typically, inheritance of arms flows through the male line though in many traditions, it may flow through the female line as well.

Bucket shops work from a database of surnames and shields sourced from manuscripts, armorials and various journals.[citation needed]

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  1. ^ Justice of the peace & local government law. Justice of the Peace. 1997. Retrieved 24 August 2012. 
  2. ^ Sir Christopher Henry Lynch-Robinson (Bart.); Adrian Lynch-Robinson (1967). Intelligible heraldry: the application of a mediæval system of record and identification to modern needs. Heraldic Book Co. p. 119. Retrieved 24 August 2012.