Heraldic Description
Ladd Coat-of-Arms:

"Or, a fesse wavy between three escallops, sable"
Translated as: "On a gold background a wide wavy black line divides three scallop shells."

The motto is: “Constant Et Ferme” (Always Ready)

MANTLE: (Mantling, or Cappeline, fr. Lambrequin) This device of the painter to give prominence to the coat of arms and crest in considered in theoretical heraldry to represent the lambrequin, or covering of the helmet, to protect it from the sun or rain. Some authorities contend it should be of the principal color and metal of the bearer’s arms, but red and white have most frequently been used in England. The Royal mantling should be of gold and ermine; that of peers is often of crimson (representing crimson velvet), lined with ermine. This kind of mantle cannot be used by ladies, being inseparable from the helmet. The Robe of estate, however, may be used as a mantle (fr. manteau), is which sense it may be borne by all ranks of gentlemen, and by peeresses, and it represented as encircling the crest, if any, and the whole of the shield or lozenge with its external appendages. The mantle may be embroidered on the outside with the arms, or be powdered with heraldic objects. No man of lower rank than a knight (or perhaps than a peer) should double his mantle with ermine.

The Mantling or Lambrequin also afforded an additional protection from sword attacks by deadening the blow and possibly entangling the weapon. Due to this the Mantling is usually depicted in a cut or ragged form. The Wreath was made from twisted cloths of the same colors as the Mantling. It was used to cover the place where the Crest was fixed to the Helmet.