Tolstoy family coat of arms

The illustrious antecedents of the Tolstoy name are memorialized by the attributes of the family’s coat of arms: the center of the shield features a square frame with crossed saber and stirrups passing through the ring of a golden key. In the square on the lower right, we see seven towers with upturned crescents, representing Constantinople’s seven-towered Yedikule Fortress, thus making reference to the diplomatic service of Pyotr Tolstoy and the peace treaty made with the Turks. The two greyhounds supporting the shield symbolize sure and rapid success in the family’s undertakings. The family coat of arms is found in the General Armorial of the Noble Families of the Russian Empire.


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