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Jonathan Hardt Brickwood

Toronto, Ontario
Grant of Arms, Flag and Badge
October 15, 2012
Vol. VI, p. 187

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Argent an oak tree eradicated Azure masoned Argent its leaves Purpure;


A gyrfalcon rising wings elevated and addorsed proper, beaked and membered Or;




A standard, the Arms in hoist, the fly Purpure charged with the Crest between two representations of the Badge separated by two bends sinister Argent inscribed with the Motto in letters Sable;


A hurt masoned Argent irradiated of fountain pen nibs and oak leaves Or;



The oak is a traditional emblem of both England and Germany and symbolizes Mr. Brickwood’s paternal and maternal ancestry. A tree closely associated with the British monarchy, it represents Mr. Brickwood’s loyalty to the Crown and his active involvement in monarchist causes. Oak trees also grow in Queen’s Park in Toronto, seat of the Legislative Assembly of Ontario, where Mr. Brickwood works. Purple is a colour associated with royalty, and blue is Mr. Brickwood’s favourite colour. The brickwork pattern of the trunk is a pun on Mr. Brickwood’s surname.


The gyrfalcon represents Mr. Brickwood’s interest in falconry; it also suggests grace, loyalty, strength, determination, and leadership. According to the Book of St. Alban’s, the gyrfalcon is the peculiar hunting bird of royalty; here it reinforces Mr. Brickwood’s loyalty and service to the Crown.


This Latin motto means “Time reveals all”.


The symbolism of this emblem is found in other element(s) of this record.


The field of masoned bricks and the oak leaves recall the shield. The fountain pen nibs identify Mr. Brickwood as a collector of fountain pens and as a writer of history and historical fiction. The overall shape of the badge suggests the sun or a timepiece, a reference to the motto and to Mr. Brickwood’s collection of pocket watches.


Canada Gazette Information

The announcement of the Letters Patent was made on March 23, 2013, in Volume 147, page 537 of the Canada Gazette.

Artist Information

Original concept of Forrest Pass, Saguenay Herald, assisted by the heralds of the Canadian Heraldic Authority.

David Farrar

Doris Wionzek

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