Coat-of-Arms, Crests, & Heraldry

Fig. 1 -This picture shows some of the different styles of some of our dimensional wall plaques for coats-of-arms and crests for families and organizations. Most of these plaques are carved in 3-D bas-relief, a few are carved in 2.5-D flat relief or engraved. Shown are brass, nickel-silver and aluminum-plated plaques, 24K gold and silver-leafed gilded plaques, multi-color and metallic gold painted plaques, and stained Mahogany and Redwood plaques

All our Plaques are made in the USA by American craftsmen.


Welcome to the coat-of-arms and crest  plaque page of the website of The Wood & Metal Plaque Company, a division of Art Sign Works, Inc. that specializes in designing and manufacturing custom plaques.  This page provides a description and photo Gallery of our  custom, and personalized  wall plaques featuring family & organization coat-of-arms, crests, and other heraldry symbols. We design and carve a wide variety of custom and personalized hand-crafted wood and metal dimensional wall and podium plaques of crests, coat-of-arms, emblems, and other heraldry symbols. We offer the highest quality materials and workmanship, great customer service, short turnaround times (typically 30 days from order to shipment), and factory-direct affordable prices .We also offer wholesale prices to retailers and re-sellers, and discounts for buys of 3 or more identical plaques. All our plaques are manufactured in the USA  by Americans using American-made materials.

On this page we show a photo Gallery and descriptions of our standard, custom, and personalized  carved dimensional wood and High-Density-Urethane (HDU) wall and podium plaques for families and organizations.  We have many styles and materials, and can make plaques in sizes from 14 inches to 5 feet in width. We have made many 3-D , 2.5-D and engraved plaques of coat-of-arms, crests and other heraldry symbols for families descended from European ancestors, and also for US states and foreign countries, courts, universities & colleges, fraternities & sororities, clubs, religious groups, and military groups across the USA. A few examples of these are shown on this web page.

We have displayed the best examples of our traditional and ornate coat-of-arms and crest plaques on this web page, with emphasis on the coat-of-arms of families descended from European nobility. However there are also examples of plaques containing crests and Coat-of-arms in other photo galleries. Seals featuring coat-of-arms for city, county, state and Federal governments and courts are shown in our "Government" and "Courts"  sections.  Plaques for the crests of five armed forces (Navy,  Marine Corps,  Air Force, Army, and Coast Guard)  are shown in the "Military" section. Plaques for crests and coat-of-arms for colleges, fraternities & sororities are shown in our "Colleges/Schools" section. Plaques of the coat-of-arms and crests for fraternal societies are shown in the "Clubs" section.These sections and their photo galleries are listed in the pull-down menu under "Plaque Types" in the upper gold masthead above. We have 24 different photo galleries for a wide variety of plaque types for different customer groups on this website.

If you have questions on a specific type of plaque you are interested in, or you want information on our plaques or prices, you are always welcome to call Christie or Regina at 951-698-8484 or you can email us at and we will respond quickly.

Fig. 3- . These are coats-of-arms of city bodies and neighboring local authorities, hung in the Free Trade Hall, Raddison Edwardian Hotel, in Manchester England. We can make custom carved 3-D or 2.5-D wall plaques , similar to those shown above, if we are provided a photo or drawing.


In this photo gallery we display wall  plaques that we have made featuring coats-of-arms and crests.  Our plaques can be ordered in any size from 12 inches in diameter to 5  feet in diameter, depending on complexity.  Our plaques are priced on size and style.Styles are discussed below.

We make wood (Mahogany, Cedar, Walnut, Maple, Oak), artist-painted  High-Density-Urethane (HDU), and metal-plated (bronze,brass, copper, German silver, aluminum)  wall plaques as shown throughout this and other photo galleries on this website. We can customize the size, shape, carving relief, text, materials, and color scheme of any plaque shown on this page, and we can make a custom plaque for ANY artwork or logo you may have. Send us a drawing, a photo or a rough sketch, and we will design and make a carved dimensional coat-of-arms plaque  to your specifications. We can make plaques that are engraved (V-carved or flat bottom) , 2.5-D (flat relief or outline), or 3-D (sculptured bas-relief). We  have a large library of existing 3-D and 2.5-D computer geometric models that we use to carve these plaques, which greatly reduces graphic artist labor costs. Visit the  Plaque Styles section to view more detailed descriptions and many examples of painted HDU, metal-plated, and wood plaques. All our plaques are manufactured in the USA by American craftsmen.

We can also combine materials on a plaque. We often use Mahogany plaque boards and carve 3-D HDU appliques which are either multi-color painted or metal-plated, to mount on the Mahogany.  We often gild  V-carved text of Mahogany plaques with 24K gold or silver leaf. We can also gild  areas of painted HDU plaques, usually raised text and art. We can also put digitally printed long-lasting full color vinyl (photos or very elaborate painted or digital art) as an applique on any HDU or wood plaque. 


Our coat-of-arms plaques have wide variations in prices, depending on size and style.  Our least expensive plaques feature digitally printed full-color giclee vinyl appliques mounted on a wood shield, round, elliptical,  or rectangular wood plaques, usually made of mahogany, cherry, walnut or oak. Photos XP-2240 and XP-2180 shown below are examples of this style. The prices for this type of custom coat-of-arms plaque are as low as $120, assuming we are given a photo or drawing of the coat-of-arms.  Carved 3-D plaques are 2 to 5 times more expensive, depending on their size, carving complexity, number of colors, and whether they are gilded with 24K gold or silver leaf. Our complex 3-D carved plaques may require  24 to 36 hours of machine carving time and 5 to 10 hours of artisan work  to hand-sand and artist-brush paint these museum quality plaques. We do not  mass-produce these plaques using molds; every one is custom designed and hand-crafted. If you have a photo or drawing of your coat-of-arms or crest, we can make a 2-D, 2.5-D, or 3-D plaque of it.

The price codes for  representative  plaques of different styles is provided in the second and third paragraph of the description text for each photo below (click on photo or title). The actual prices for various sizes of each different style of plaque  are given on our PRICE page (click to see prices).

Fig. 4 - The beautiful coat-of-arms for a family shown above is made of iron (shield and helmet) and hand-carved wood (flourishes and lions).The gold is gold metallic paint, rather than gold leaf gilding. We can duplicate this by using advanced materials and computer-controlled carving, This plaque can be made out of High-Density-Urethane, metal coated in some areas, and gilded with 24K gold leaf.


Please call or email us for a price quote on a specific plaque. We will work with you to design and build the exact plaque you want. Our knowledgeable and helpful Customer Service Representatives, Christie and Regina, will respond to your request promptly. Call us at 951-698-8484 or email us at Or, you can fill out and submit our on-line Request a Quote  form. We would like to make your  plaque, and we are confident that you will be pleased with it. We take great pride in every product we make for our valued clients. We offer a 2 year warranty on all our products, and our indoor plaques will last many decades without degradation.


You can view the bottom of the page using the slider on the scroll bar in the right margin. You can click on a photo or a title of a photo below to see an expanded view and a description of that plaque. You can return to this page by clicking on Return to List on the bottom left of each plaque title or description, or by using your back browser button. You can go to another Section or Gallery page by clicking on an item in the pull-down menus in the gold masthead at the top of this page. 

You  can search for a specific plaque type (e.g., "FBI" ) by entering the key word in the search box in the upper right of the gold masthead. You can view a list and use the navigation bar for all 24 Gallery types by viewing the silver box on the left side of the Home  page. You can view a description of different plaque styles by going to the Plaque Styles section.  To request information, a design, a quote, or to place an order, click on the text (e.g., "contact us", "get a quote", "send a file" or "place an order")  in the upper  right of the gold masthead at the top of this page.  All prices are given on the "Prices" page in the gold masthead. 

For more information on design options, prices and delivery times, please call us at 951-698- 8484 or email us at, and our knowledgeable and friendly customer service representatives Christie and Regina will be pleased to help you.