lion coat

The coat of arms I designed for Teddy Verstraet, a friend in France. 2nd Edition. Meant to be used as an alternative for my medieval fantasy world that is part art project, part creative writing project, and part roleplay as opposed to the original which he has chosen to keep for personal use. the specific colors used in this photo include oxblood, navy blue, and University of California Berkeley Gold. The motto translates as “To Such Men, Nothing is Impossible.”

The coat of arms I designed for Theo Dufour, a friend in France. 3rd edition. Loosely inspired by the coat of arms associated with the Counts of La Marche in French History, a title historically held by the houses of Lusignan and their successors the Rochefoucaulds. The specific colors used in this design include Persian Blue, Fire Engine Red, and Missouri State Gold.

The smallest slit in the sea of clouds allows for a split second of sunlight.
This sliver of summer feels more like a memory, or a dream–
Yet I am living it.
I reach for its reality,
but there is nothing to touch
and it’s not much,
but I wear the warmth like a lion wears its coat of fur.
My insides roar as I brace the cold,
Now brave enough to face it for once on my own.
Sherlock (TV Series) - Corporal Lyons’ Insignias of Love

INTRODUCTION
Cupid and lions have long been associated in literature and iconography.
One of the most interesting associations is the the image of Cupid taming one or more lions as a symbol for the concept of “Love conquers all”, in Latin “Omnia Vincit Amor”, as even the wildest of creatures can be tamed by Love.

Following this association I started documenting the occasions in which Cupid and lions could have been referenced together in the show.
Thanks to his name, Corporal Lyons has been one of the targets of my analysis.

Before reading this, you should want to read :

Cupid, Lions and Omnia Vincit Amor

The Blind Banker: hic sunt leones


THE CORPORAL/WINGS INSIGNIA
Corporal Lyons’ jacket bears the corporal insignia. Said insignia resembles stylized wings.

What can we derive from this?


THE LYONS/LIONS INSIGNIA
Corporal Lyons’ beret bears the Royal coat of arms of the United Kingdom, in which one of the supporters is a lion and another lion appears in the crest.
Not visible in the beret, but there are several other lions in the shield of the actual coat of arms.

What can we derive from this?

  • The characters surname, LYONS, is referred to by his insignia.
  • The insignia can represent two or more LIONS.

In The Blind Banker, in which many lions also appear, the lion as a supporter was also used for logo of the fictional West Kensington Library, which might mean that the writers or the crew might be aware of the presence of lions in coats of arms and purposefully be using it.


FROM NAME TO INSIGNIA TO OMNIA VINCIT AMOR
Corporal Lyons’ name is referenced by his insignias. This might have been done on purpose to attract the viewer’s attention to the insignias themselves.
Through the WINGS insignia, the name could also reference a Cupid with lions, a symbol for the concept of “Love conquers all”, in Latin “Omnia Vincit Amor”.

Also, making puns and rebuses with insignias is actually a thing and it’s called “Canting arms”.


THE INSIGNIAS’ POSITIONS
The WINGS insignia is above the heart and the LIONS insignia is on the head.
It could be a coincidence, since those are the positions insignias usually are in, or a reference to proverbs about the heart governing the head, which are basically the moral of “The Lion in Love” fable.
This moral is also adopted by Sherlock:

SHERLOCK: This is your heart and you should never let it rule your head.


SURNAMES: ARCHER AND LYONS
In Series 2, there are two characters with the names Archer (Cupid is an archer) and Lyons respectively, the first is in A Scandal In Belgravia and the second is in The Hounds of Baskerville.

There is also one Archie in Series 3.