County Executive Steve Schuh this week has introduced legislation to the County Council updating the official County Seal with a new design that features historically-accurate elements and will serve as one consistent image in conducting County business.
“We are very excited about the newly-designed County Seal because it provides a professional image depicting Anne Arundel County as the best place to live, work and start a business in Maryland,” County Executive Schuh said. “After consulting with heraldry experts, we were able to incorporate new elements that are historically accurate and will make our citizens proud.”
Over the years, the design of the seal has evolved from the approved design in the County Code to the point that multiple versions have appeared on letterheads, online, and on official signage. The County also lacks a high-resolution vector image that facilitates clear and vibrant reproduction.
The Maryland Archives was particularly helpful in researching the heraldry of the seal, and even produced a portrait of Lord Baltimore Charles Calvert with his coronet to use as a guide for the correct image. Some of the new elements include the felt top to the coronet, a tassel on top of the coronet and the felt ermine absent from the current seal.
Legislation to adopt the new seal was introduced before the County Council on Sept. 6.