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



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 these beautiful works of art. Our highest price plaques are museum quality. 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 to consumers and organizations. 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. We do not make or stock "off-the-shelf" resin foam filled plastic plaques; every one of our custom plaques is made to order to your specifications. We do not make very low price stock polyresin  plaques which are stamped out in molds.


Gold-Leaf Gilded 3D Carved Coat-of-Arms

Fig. 2 - This elegant coat-of-arms was carved in 3-D bas-relief with one of our precision CNC routers controlled by a detailed 3-D geometric model we developed. After carving, it was prime coated, painted metallic gold, and then gilded with 24K gold leaf, which took two artisans a total of 6 hours of labor. Finally, it was clear-coated twice. The end result was worth all the effort! This and similar plaques are on the high price end of our products.

On this page we show a photo Gallery and descriptions of our 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 10 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, Regina or Elizabeth (Liz) 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. 

Fig. 4 - The beautiful heritage 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.


Our  plaques have wide variations in prices, depending on size, style and complexity. Fig. 5 below shows our three basic carved relief styles, 2-D flat relief , 2.5-D multi-level or engraved relief, and 3-D bas-relief. These can be made of different materials, including natural wood, artist-painted High-Density-Urethane (HDU) , metal-plated HDU, and acrylic. Our STYLE page describes these in detail.  Most of the 2000 photos of plaques on this website have a Style Category and a Price Code listed in the second or third paragraph in the text description under the photo (click on the photo or title to expand the photo and read the text to get the price code of that plaque, then look up the price for different size plaques with that style on the Price List at the bottom of the PRICE page). 

Our lowest price economy 2-D  plaques feature digitally-printed full-color giclee vinyl appliques mounted on a  round  or rectangular a flat solid wood or acrylic base. The retail prices for this type of two-dimensional (2-D) flat custom plaque are as low as $92 (acrylic base) to $102 (Mahogany veneer base) for 10 inch diameter plaques. The same style plaques in a 18 diameter size have prices of  $145 (acrylic) and $170 (Mahogany veneer).    These low prices  assume we have made a previous plaque of the same artwork design  (featured in one of our Galleries of over 2000 photos, including photos of 3-D plaques such as shown below), or for new artwork, that we are provided a print-ready JPEG digital photo or colored drawing of the artwork for the plaque (this can be a good high-resolution photo of an existing seal). These are  styles 1.4.1 (Price Code EA, wood base) and 1.4.3 (Price Code EB, acrylic base)  on our PRICE  page, with  examples shown on our 2-D Giclee Plaque web page.

Our  carved 2.5-D multi-level or engraved  hand-crafted and artist-painted plaques have prices about twice that of the 2-D flat plaques with giclee printed art. These prices  depend on the size, material, carving complexity, and number of colors. Prices for  custom carved  18  inch diameter 2.5-D artist-painted HDU or stained wood custom plaques vary from $249 to $341. Prices increase with size.  The PRICE page gives prices for carved 2.5-D plaques of various sizes, materials, styles, and number of colors. About 50% of our coat-of-arms and crest plaques are carved in 2.5-D multi-level flat or engraved relief,  using  High-Density-Urethane (HDU) as the substrate. These are very popular and look great. Many times the artwork provided to us for custom seals does not benefit from 3-D rendering, and we recommend a 2.5-D relief carving which looks nearly as good and is about 1/2 the price. Our 2.5-D relief plaques carve faster and are much faster to paint than 3-D bas-relief plaques, so they have lower prices. Most of our military and many of our government  and corporate seal plaques are also carved in 2.5-D relief. 

Our premium  plaques are carved in 3-D bas-relief,  using  wood (usually Mahogany, Cedar, or Redwood), or High-Density-Urethane (HDU) as the substrate. These are higher-priced carved 3-D bas-relief artist-painted plaques, and have fabrication prices  2 to 3 times that of the 2.5-D plaques. These are  very high quality plaques, which usually feature complex coat-of-arms and crests, and are often displayed on the outside entrance to a home, in an entrance way, in a living of family room, or a club room.   Fabrication prices for 18  inch diameter carved 3-D artist-painted or bronze, brass or silver-plated  HDU or stained wood custom plaques vary from $430 to $600. Prices increase with plaque size and intricacy of carving and painting. Gold or silver leaf gilding can increase the price by by $100 to $150, depending on the % of the area to be gilded.  In addition, for unique designs which we have not made before, there may be a one-time 3-D geometric modeling fee of $300 to $700.  There is no design fee for 3-D plaques we have made before, or for 2.5-D multi-level or engraved relief plaques. The PRICE list gives prices for carved 3-D plaques of various sizes, materials, styles, and number of colors.  These high-quality 3-D plaques may require  from 5 to 10 hours of 3-D design labor by a graphic artist, 12 to  36  hours of machine carving time,  and then 6 to 12 hours of artisan work  to hand-carve, hand-sand , artist-brush paint or metal polish, or gild with gold- or silver leaf.   These beautiful museum-quality plaques are unique works-of-art for our most discriminating customers.

Fig 5 - We make plaques in three different levels of relief, as shown above. Engraved plaques are in the same price category as 2.5-D relief plaques. Prices increase from left to right.


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.

Hi Christie!

I love the Coat of Arms!  Thank you!  Best,   Patti


I just got the crest and it is better than I could have hoped for! Every detail is perfect! I can not complement you folks enough! Thanks for everyone’s hard work! John