Vlasto Family – Arms (1)
c.1300-1500 A.D.

This device (and other symbols, see 'Vlasto Eagles' below) is one of many similar variants on the double-headed eagle motif used by the Vlasto family. See explanatory notes Heraldry in Byzantium; Vlasto Family References and A Brief History Of Byzantium.
See also: Vlasto Arms (1) c.1300-1500; Vlasto Arms (2) c.1300-1500; Vlasto Arms (3) c.1300-1500; Vlasto Arms (4) c.1300-1500; Vlasto Arms (5) c.1300-1500; Vlasto Arms (6) Chios, c. C16th; Vlasto Arms (7) Antonio Vlasto, Crete 1590; Vlasto Arms (8) Georgius Vlasto, Crete, 1630, & Marcus Vlasto, Crete, 1680; Vlasto Arms (9) Nicolaus Vlasto, Crete, 1694; Vlasto Eagles (1) c. 300 B.C.; Vlasto Eagles (2) c.50 A.D.

This is the 'standard' and, perhaps, the original version of the arms commonly and currently used by the author's branch (Chios) of the family. It appears not seem to carry the more ornate Genoese and Venetian influence to be found in other versions of the Vlasto arms (see bottom, c.C15th) and commonly seen among the arms of most of the other noble families of Chios. It seems that this is a style that pre-dates the appearance of the Vlasto family in Chios, in the early 17th Century, and is almost certainly of Byzantine origin – i.e. dating from the family's dominant presence in Constantinople and thereafter in Crete from 1089 AD and Chios from the early C17th until 1822.

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