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Hinckaert knot

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Hinckaert knot
Hinckaert badge.png
The Hinckaert badge.
FamilyHinckaert family
Named for Philip Hinckaert, maître d'hôtel to Philip the Handsome in the late 15th century.

The Hinckaert knot, a type of decorative unknot, is a heraldic knot used primarily in Dutch heraldry. It is most notable for its appearance on the Hinckaert family heraldic badge, where a semi-angular form is used as canting arms, a common practice with heraldic badges.

The name "Hinckaert" is delineated as a derivation of hincken, "to limp", in the badge. Hence the center crutch, and the buckle on the knot, implying that it is a strap used to attach the crutch to the leg.[1] The dexter "P" and sinister "G" are traditionally translated as standing for Philip (Hinckaert), with whom the knot originated, and his wife, née Gasparine.[1]

A portrait of Philip Hinckaert (kneeling). In the background the wall is diapered in the Hinckaert knot.
A portrait of Philip Hinckaert (kneeling). In the background the wall is diapered in the Hinckaert knot.


  1. ^ a b Archaeologia: or, Miscellaneous Tracts Relating to Antiquity. Harvard University: Society of Antiquaries of London. 1887. pp. 73–74.
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