Originally Posted by Cravate_Noire
This discussion reminds me a little of some Austrian friends who suffer endlessly under the Habsburg laws.
It's very important to have talked about it on an internet forum and everyone will be glad to be told what he's allowed and accepted to do.
To me it's more about whether to have a stock emblem or one's own emblem, or just a monogramme. Or maybe nothing at all?
But like stilmacher said, coats of arms mean nothing today and he's quite right.
Perhaps instead of a stock pattern one could have some drawing of his/hers embroidered - e.g. lobsters?