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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 over 300  royal, 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. We make a wide variety  of designs of carved wood and High-Density-Urethane plaques, ranging from $150 to $800 for a typical plaque size, 18 inches . Our highest price 3-D carved artist-painted plaques are museum quality. We offer the highest quality materials and workmanship, great customer service, short turnaround times (typically 30-40 days from order to shipment), and factory-direct affordable prices to families 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. 


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

This elegant coat-of-arms was carved in 3-D bas-relief. It is gilded with 24K gold leaf

On this page we show a photo Gallery and descriptions of over 300 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 300 of 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.

These are coats-of-arms of various cities hung in the Raddison Edwardian Hotel, in Manchester England.


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.

- The beautiful coat-of-arms is carved in 3-D bas-relief and painted with gold and silver metallic paints.

We can make plaques that are engraved , 2.5-D , 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. Visit the  Plaque Styles section to view 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. 

Jose, one of our senior artists, finishing up on a large Coat-of-Arms wall plaque


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 4000 photos of plaques on this website have a Style Category 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 $100 (acrylic base) to $150 (Mahogany veneer base) for 10 inch diameter plaques. The same style plaques in a 18 diameter size have prices of  $180 (acrylic) and $220 (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 3000 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 (wood base) and 1.4.3 ( 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 $280 to $390. 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 government  seal plaques are also carved in 2.5-D relief. 

Mahogany coat-of-arms carved in 3-D bas-relief and stained.

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, copper, or German silver-plated  HDU or stained wood custom plaques vary from $500 to $700. Prices increase with plaque size and intricacy of carving and painting. Gold or silver leaf gilding can increase the price by by $100 to $200, depending on the percent of the area to be gilded.  In addition, for unique 3-D bas-relief designs which we have not made before, or have not made similar artwork, there may be a one-time 3-D geometric modeling fee of $100 to $400.  There is no design fee for 3-D bas-relief plaque artwork  that 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, with style categories  of 1.4.1 (printed giclee art on wood plaque) , 1.1.3 (artist painted 2.5-D multi-level carved plaque), and 1.1.2( intricately carved 3-D plaque, artist-painted with gold and silver leaf). 


 This Gallery has over 250 photos of Coat-of-Arms plaques we have made and contains   three sections, each corresponding to a different carving style:

  1. Carved 3-D Bas-relief Wood, Painted HDU, and Metal-Plated  Plaques featuring Coat-of-Arms and Crests (beginning with photo XP-1000) 
  2. Carved 2.5-D, Engraved  and  3-D Coat-of-Arms & Crests Mounted on Wooden Shield Plaques  (beginning with XP-2000) 
  3. Carved 2.5-D and Engraved  Wood and  Painted HDU Plaques featuring Coat-of-Arms & Crests  (beginning with  XP-3000) 



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. One of our knowledgeable and helpful Customer Service Representatives, Christie , Regina, or Liz, 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 one of our knowledgeable and friendly customer service representatives, Christie, Regina or Liz 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

Regina, The plaques  arrived yesterday and they are beautiful.  The photos really don’t do them justice. Thank you for all your help and have a great weekend. Susan

.Christie, I have never responded since this parcel arrived with the two (Christian Science) Publications  plaques from you.  I want to say THANK YOU to you and your entire team for creating exactly what we needed and had in mind. I think there is a possibility of needing to order another of the larger plaque at some point in the future, so if at all possible to keep the artwork on file it would be appreciated. Hoping you and yours had a very Happy Holidays. Warm regards, Peter

Hi Christie, We received our (Iowa) Seal Friday and it looks great! We would like to purchase 10 more. Could you send us an invoice and I will send you a PO?  Thank you, K.R.

Christina,I just got back from lunch and unpackaged the plaque. IT IS GORGEOUS! Thank you for your help with this project.,   E., , Visual Communications Specialist, FASTSIGNS Norman

Hey Regina,I rcvd the seals (for the President and VP of the US)  and they look great.  Thank you very much.  Can you send me an invoice/receipt for the second/final pymnt charged to our card?  Thanks. T.B.,US Secret Service.

Good morning, Regina.     I showed my boss the seal today (State of Florida House of Representatives plaque) and we are all VERY pleased with how it came out. Absolutely stunning work. We’ve been in touch with our billing department for the remaining balance due and you should receive payment soon. My boss is already wanting to get more of these.How much per seal, is there a discount for batch orders, and what other texture/colors do you have access to? Thanks so much once again, Regina!       Daniel

Regina, Wow! The product is incredible! Thank you so much for all your help. It was a pleasure working with you. ..Very Respectfully,Cam 

Hi Christie, again the plaque is beautiful, you guys did a fantastic job, the President is so happy he would like another one exactly the same to put in his house on campus. Can I order another one for delivery as soon as possible? Also, in future if we order more, is there a discounted price for volume, or are they individually ordered…thanks again Christie.    L.C., Finance/Administration, Office of the President ,University of British Columbia

Hi Christie,   Happy Friday!    We all love the seal, it turned out wonderful!  Can I place an order for another one?  We want it to look exactly the same but the next one can have the z-clip hardware.   Thank you, H. T., Second District Court of Appeal

Good afternoon Regina:  The NY Court Seal arrived Thursday afternoon on October 26th. Had it installed Monday, October 30th. Looks great.  I am very happy.  Thanks for all you did for us. B. H., New York

Regina, We received the plaques and they look great. Quality workmanship and product – especially the 3 levels – didn’t expect that. Great work. I’m sure we will use you in the future, Thanks. M.C, Centric Signs, Novato,CA 

Hi Christie, Well arrived, thanks for all. Very Nice product ! Congratulations to your firm. See you. Michel M.

Hi Christie,    Just got the White House  plaque and it is excellent in all respects.  Kudos to you and the artists who made it.  All the best, Scott B.

Hi Regina, The plaques are outstanding. We had an unveiling at our Memorial Day service at our plant.They will be on permanent display at our Veteran/POW/MIA area.    Thank you,, R.A., Boston P&DC, Boston

Hi Christie! 

Yes, the seal arrived in perfect condition.  Everyone here loves it!  Thanks for all your help with this. 
Thanks again, R.J.,  

Regina, Thank you, thank you … you are such a great company and client feels this as well!. Good to go! Monica Kline Fine Corporate Gifts

Christie,, As you will recall, your company created a single sided brass seal for Yancey County back in August.  ..The seal was great and we were very pleased. We want to order a second seal plaque , same as the last one; and  I would like to have the digital file of the seal. I need the highest resolution of the seal that I can get for a separate project I am working on, and hoped you may be able to assist with that ...  Please advise on the best way to proceed on both items.Thanks,N.B.

Paul , That would be fine (to put our sign on your website)....Also, Christie was exceptional to work with...outstanding customer service! J.K., Tinker AFB, Oklahoma

Christie, We received our plaque today...looks fantastic! Tt looks beautiful--you guys do great work! J.K., Tinker AFB

Good afternoon We received the plaque & everyone (which is important) likes it. The invoice goes before the Town Board on 2/14/2017 for approval & the check goes in the mail shortly there after. S.S., Richmond Town Court

Good Morning Christie, I wanted to let you know that everyone is very pleased with our new plaques! We appreciate the great work that you guys did on them. R.C.,Los Banos Fire Department

Regina,    We received the seal this morning. It looks great!!
Thank-You so much for expediting the order & having it here before the "no later than date".
Thanks again, you have exceeded our expectations!!!! A.N., Technical Director

Dear Christie: I received the plaque  ordered.I t is beautiful. We are very satisfied with the work !!!! Sincerely It looks better than we expected. ....Thank you very much for the excellent job. Sincerely,Dr. R.G., DDS

Christie,   The box with the plaque you all created for me came today.  I have to say....AWESOME!  Perfect!  Paint job is just fantastic!  Really well done!    Well done! The sign just makes me giggle         Ed

Dear Regina, Received the (US) Great Seal plaque today wanted to let you know how pleased I  was with work I am thinking about ordering a similar size plaque of the  Great Seal of the President of the United States I suppose you make those as well?  is the price the same? do you have a photo you could e-mail me ?  thank you again for a fine piece of Art Great Job! Best , Larry Zimmer

Hi Regina.  We got the seal and it is beautiful!  Thank you. Kathy Longyear, Court Clerk

Hi Regina, ... It was certainly a pleasure working with your company, and I look forward to another project in the near future. Have a great weekend!  Thanks, Denise, Jonathan Louis Marketing

Good morning Regina, I rec'd the plaque yesterday and it is a work of art!  Kudo's to the artiest! lol!... Thanks for all you do!     Semper Fidelis, Hal 

Regina… Our plaque is awesome! Thanks, Mike Mulcahy

Dear Art Sign Works: The plaques arrived in perfect condition. Well packed, thank you. They are very nice and we are pleased. We'll send you a picture when they're installed. Thanks I. W. Ohio

Dear Regina, We LOVE our sign…Thank You! Regards, Jo D. Interior Designer ASW, We LOVE the signs! Thank you so much. Donna Elliott S

Art SignWorks:   We received the signs today and they are gorgeous! Thanks for all your help and I will be in touch... Tammy