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Quarterly, 1st Azure a carbine muzzle upward and a sabre point upward in saltire Or;
2nd Argent three spur revels Sable;
3rd Argent a chevron Azure between thee coneys courant Sable;
4th Azure a lion rampant Or armed and langued Gules;

Overall a sinister canton Gules is used for a baron, with a sword palewise point upward Argent for a military officer (in Napoleonic heraldry.)

The Cap or beret is called a Toque: it is used to indicate the rank of baron
( in place of the more conventional coronet ) in Napoleonic heraldry.

SOURCES, NOTES & CREDITS: Illustration for background
is from the Wikipedia Article as is the biographical information. The Napoleonic heraldic information is from pp 48-53, “European Nobility and Heraldry” by J. H. Pinches, Heraldry Today, Wiltshire, England, 1994 and from pages 148, 156, 169-170,
“Heraldry, Customs, Rules and Styles” by Carl-Alexander von Volborth, Blandford Press, Dorset, England, 1981.

The blazon is from John Hamilton Gaylor.

Baron Hervé Pinoteau, was born in Paris on 19 July 1927, he was chief of the name and arms of the family Pinoteau, which carried with it the title of baron.

Constantinian Bailiff, Knight Grand Cross of Justice, in the Sacred and Military Order of the Constantinian St. George ( Madrid ), a Knight of Saint Januarius (Madrid), a Knight Officer of the Légion d'honneur ( France )and a Commander of the Order of Prince Henry the Navigator (Portugal) see note below.

Note: Prince Henry the Navigator was a grandson of John of Gaunt, Duke of Lancaster by his mother Philippa Plantagenet of Lancaster, eldest child (1360-1415) of John (Plantagenet) of Gaunt (1340-1399) and Blanche of Lancaster (1342-1368).) Philippa married in February 1387 João I, King of Portugal (1357-1433. They has eight children one of whom was Henry the Navigator.

A distinguished French heraldist Pinoteau was a Member of the Académie Internationale d'Héraldique and a prolific author on heraldic, chivalric and nobiliary matters. He was well known as a French historian and royalist apologist. As a young man he served as a Lieutenant of infantry in the French army in 1950-1951.

The title of baron is from Napoleon I. It was awarded to his ancestor le general de brigade Pierre-Armand Pinoteau on 28 Apr 1814 but without letters patent. However, the title was confirmed with letters Patent under the Second Empire of Napoleon III on 2 Jan 1869.

Baron Pinoteau died on 24 Nov 2020, age 93, RIP.

The artwork is an interpretation by John Hamilton Gaylor

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