The following is a direct translation from the classical genealogical and heraldic reference "Herbarz Polski" by Kasper Niesiecki, S. J., Lipsk edition, 1839-1846.
There is a horseshoe raised upward like a gate, and through its middle, point upward, is an arrow arranged so that half is within the horseshoe and the other half can be seen above it. From the left side a sword directed straight to the right side of the shield pierces the horseshoe and arrow, and from the top of the horseshoe two palms rise, one from one side of the arrow and the other from the other, so that their ends cannot be seen inside the horseshoe. The origins of these arms, too, are hard to discover. Neither Paprocki nor Okolski wrote about them. The Bratkowskis use these arms, of whom some settled in Volhynia: of these Daniel Bratkowski, Braclaw treasurer, signed to the election of Jan III in Volhynia province. Others are in the Brest Litovsk region. Among them are Michal Bratkowski and his two sons, Samuel and Franciszek. An Antoni married Maryanna Cieslinska in Volhynia in 1727. There are some also in the Przemysl region: in 1540 four brothers, Kostko, Wasko, Iwanko, and Fedko. The latter was heir to Lukawica, Naniowa and Brzeznica, and sired five sons, Jacek, Klimek, Staszek, Iwanek, and Sieniek.
Copyright © 1990 William F. Hoffman. Used by permission. This article originally appeared in Polish Genealogical Society Newsletter (Vol. XIII, No. 1, Spring 1990), the bulletin of the Polish Genealogical Society.