Dublin City Coat of Arms Crest/Shield
Dublin’s Coat of Arms is the identifying emblem of the City of Dublin and has been in use in one form or another for at least 400 years. Being from Dublin, I’ve always been drawn to the history and the design. Even the millennium milk bottle back in 1988 had a variation. The full coat-of-arms shows three burning castles on a shield, flanked by two female figures.
The true origin of the Coat of Arms is unknown, but there are numerous theories. Some of which include:
- The castles are watch towers outside the city walls
- The castle is Dublin Castle and is repeated 3 times because of the mystical significance of the number 3
- The castles are not castles at all, but represent 3 gates into the ancient Viking city
The Dublin Crest tie/button hole pin is meticulously handcrafted in sterling silver with love for Irish roots, history and folklore.
This recessed parts of the design are heavily textured to create a nice contrast with the high polish finish of the burning castles and the shield.
The shield measures approx 20mm in height and 16mm in width.
The tie tack is hallmarked – 925 sterling silver – in the Assay Office at Dublin Castle.
Tracy was educated through the Irish language and her love of Ireland’s heritage is central to this collection. Her designs often feature an innovative use of light inspired by the prehistoric monument at Newgrange, Co. Meath in Ireland that was constructed between 3000 and 2500 BC. It is aligned with the rising sun and once a year, on the Winter Solstice (the shortest day of the year), light floods the chamber of Newgrange to spectacular effect. Newgrange also showcases some wonderful early artwork with Celtic Spirals etched into large rocks at the front of the monument. These pieces attempt to capture the magic and importance of Newgrange as a national Irish treasure.