The Coat of Arms that Never Existed

In the early Nineties Franco and Mario analysed historic documents and found a description of the first Coat of Arms of the Venetian Baseggios, used until 1204 AD, when it was replaced by the Golden Bones version.

In the process they made two mistakes. "Banda" was translated as "ring" and they also got the tincture (the heraldic color) wrong, argent (silver) instead of gules (red). 

Based on this information Mario designed a very simple representation of the Coat of Arms (see above). This image was posted on our website for several years as being the original Coat of Arms of the oldest known Venetian branch of the family. Its name was "Silver Ring".

Funnily enough, a few years later additional proof was found that this design existed: A heraldic website (, site is down) listed the Silver Ring design as one of the old Baseggio Coat of Arms, even sharing a very appealing version:


New documents and revisiting all sources again in 2001 and 2002 lead to questions, though. There were numerous designs featuring a red stripe, but none with a silver ring. One came to the conclusion that the initial translation was wrong, resulting in a design that was 100% inaccurate. 

It also turned out that the heraldic website had used our design as source and simply copied & pasted the design published on So what Franco and Mario thought was additional evidence for the "Silver Ring" version's accuracy, was in fact just the own corrupt data fed back.

Consequently, "Silver Ring" ended up being "Red Ribbon", now based on multiple and independent pieces of evidence.

Read the detailed info about all our historic Coat of Arms in our dedicated factsheet.