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by davidappleton
Fri Jun 22, 2018 10:24 am
Forum: Family Crests
Topic: Colonial American Silver Family Crest
Replies: 9
Views: 833

Re: Colonial American Silver Family Crest

The other two quarters (the upper right and the lower left on the shield) are the arms of another family which has married, and brought their coat of arms, into this Johnson family. In England, this situation occurs when a woman, coming from a family where the father has a coat of arms but that fath...
by davidappleton
Wed Jun 20, 2018 12:39 pm
Forum: Family Crests
Topic: Colonial American Silver Family Crest
Replies: 9
Views: 833

Re: Colonial American Silver Family Crest

The arms in the first and fourth quarters appear to be Johnson. Papworth's Ordinary of British Armorials cites: Johnson (London): Argent a pheon azure between three mascles gules. There are way too many examples of the arms in the second and third quarters, "a chevron between three roses,"...
by davidappleton
Wed Jun 20, 2018 12:25 pm
Forum: Family Crests
Topic: Colonial American Silver Family Crest
Replies: 9
Views: 833

Re: Colonial American Silver Family Crest

Anyway, in New York I have read much about the wealth created by the Whaling industry, so I do wonder if the spiral horn on your engraving is meant to represent the Narwhal, a whale with a twisted horn on its head. There is no "spiral horn" in this engraving; the "spiral" elemen...
by davidappleton
Tue May 29, 2018 12:38 pm
Forum: Family Crests
Topic: Rose on Scottish Silver.
Replies: 2
Views: 551

Re: Rose on Scottish Silver.

It is harder to identify with certainty when we do not have the tincture of the rose. That said, Fairbairn’s Book of Crests gives the following family names as bearing for a crest a rose: Abcot, Abcott, Anketel, Adderly, Aiton, Aitoune, Aytoun, Bull, Fraser, Gleig, Hesketh, Marmion, Pether, Shaw, St...
by davidappleton
Wed May 23, 2018 11:47 am
Forum: Family Crests
Topic: Help with Family Crests on Early Colonial Australian Silver - II?
Replies: 6
Views: 460

Re: Help with Family Crests on Early Colonial Australian Silver - II?

The heraldic term for that kind of curved sword with a partial circle cut out of the back of the blade is a seax . The entry from Fairbairn's Crests which gives a listing of the families which used a seax as their crest is: Belsted, Belstede, Belstide, Beltead, Dalton, Nottage, Pearse, Rewtoure, and...
by davidappleton
Sun Feb 04, 2018 5:01 pm
Forum: Family Crests
Topic: Bear Claw On Soup Ladle
Replies: 6
Views: 1886

Re: Bear Claw On Soup Ladle

I'm not finding this crest in my copy of Fairbairn's Crests under either lion's gamb, bear's gamb, or bear's paw.

Sorry!

David
by davidappleton
Wed Jan 31, 2018 5:06 pm
Forum: Family Crests
Topic: Double Crests, Unicorn and Arrowed Deer or Hart
Replies: 2
Views: 422

Re: Double Crests, Unicorn and Arrowed Deer or Hart

Going through my copy of Fairbairn's Crests , I find the following: A horse’s head in complete armour bridled ; A horse’s head in armour . (The depictions of these in Fairbairn's show the spike issuant from the chamfron that make it look more than a little bit like a unicorn's head, but the bridle m...
by davidappleton
Tue Nov 21, 2017 1:18 pm
Forum: Family Crests
Topic: Looking for info on this Black Starr & Frost
Replies: 10
Views: 1489

Re: Looking for info on this Black Starr & Frost

It is, indeed, a crest. Blazoned in the language of heraldry, it would be: A wyvern statant wings elevated and addorsed . Unfortunately, this crest is a very popular one. I am attaching the entries from Fairbairn's book of Crests which list the families who used this wyvern as a crest. As you can se...
by davidappleton
Mon Oct 23, 2017 1:53 pm
Forum: Family Crests
Topic: 3 boars heads & "Dread God" on silverplate chafing set
Replies: 5
Views: 777

Re: 3 boars heads & "Dread God" on silverplate chafing set

Oh and they appear to be old silverplate, not electroplate. My mother always referred to them as Sheffield but I wonder if they might not be American given the provenance? If there are hallmarks on the piece, you ought be able to determine the maker and possibly even date range for it, whether Engl...
by davidappleton
Sat Oct 21, 2017 6:08 pm
Forum: Family Crests
Topic: 3 boars heads & "Dread God" on silverplate chafing set
Replies: 5
Views: 777

Re: 3 boars heads & "Dread God" on silverplate chafing set

An Ordinary of Arms (Scotland) by Sir James Balfour Paul gives the following, which matches the hatching for the arms on your chafing set: Gordon of Aitkenhead (1806): Azure three boars' heads erased within a bordure engrailed or charged with three escallops sable. Fairbairn's Crests shows a number...
by davidappleton
Fri Jun 16, 2017 5:30 pm
Forum: Family Crests
Topic: Please help with that crest!!!
Replies: 9
Views: 1664

Re: Please help with that crest!!!

It's not a "family" or "royal" crest; it looks like the monogram EV (or VE) with an imperial crown over the top of it.

I don't think it's identifiable heraldry at all.

Sorry!

David
by davidappleton
Sat Jun 10, 2017 4:38 pm
Forum: Family Crests
Topic: Please help with demi-lion rampant holding a ?
Replies: 2
Views: 885

Re: Please help with demi-lion rampant holding a ?

The closest to this crest I could find in Fairbairn's Crests was the family of Sitwell. Their crest is A demi-lion rampant erased sable holding between its paws an escutcheon per pale or and argent . The crest here differs in that the demi-lion is not erased, and the escutcheon is not divided per pa...
by davidappleton
Fri Jun 02, 2017 5:29 pm
Forum: Family Crests
Topic: Coat of arms on 1718 cup by William Fleming
Replies: 3
Views: 876

Re: Coat of arms on 1718 cup by William Fleming

I just went through Fairbairn's Crests , and the crest listed there for Gouldsmith (from Kent), A Cornish chough proper goutty d'eau , does not match the crest on this item. A search in Fairbairn under the alternate spelling "Goldsmith" did not find any matches for the crest. The surnames ...
by davidappleton
Fri Jun 02, 2017 5:18 pm
Forum: Family Crests
Topic: Coat of arms on 1718 cup by William Fleming
Replies: 3
Views: 876

Re: Coat of arms on 1718 cup by William Fleming

The only arms that I find in a quick first search in Papworth's Ordinary of British Armorials is for Gouldsmith, Nantwich, co. Chester, whose arms are blazoned: Gules on a fess or between three martlets argent three fleurs-de-lis azure . I had originally supposed that the field was or (gold or yello...
by davidappleton
Fri May 19, 2017 6:14 pm
Forum: Family Crests
Topic: Crest on a 1745 basket
Replies: 1
Views: 817

Re: Crest on a 1745 basket

This crest, Issuant from a crest coronet a demi-eagle displayed , seems to have been fairly popular, and therefore used by a number of families. I have attached an image from Fairbairn's Crests which gives a listing of the families which have used this crest. I hope this information is at least a li...
by davidappleton
Sun May 14, 2017 5:36 pm
Forum: Family Crests
Topic: Trying to find out the family
Replies: 2
Views: 1020

Re: Trying to find out the family

A search through Fairbairn's Crests shows the motto "Fear not" being used by Dawes, and "Fear nought" being use by Ramsay. But looking at the crests used by Dawes and Ramsay, there are no lion's heads erased , the crest here. (The Ramsays used mostly unicorn's and horse's heads; ...
by davidappleton
Sat May 13, 2017 1:13 pm
Forum: Family Crests
Topic: help with crest on salver
Replies: 2
Views: 861

Re: help with crest on salver

There is no crest on this achievement of arms. (A crest is normally placed atop the helmet, rather like the crests of certain species of birds.) The motto looks like "Dum vigilo parr" [While I watch ...] I was unable to find this motto in Fairbairn's Crests , but Fairbairn does give "...
by davidappleton
Sat Apr 01, 2017 6:42 pm
Forum: Family Crests
Topic: crest on 1740 Exeter assayed silver chocolate pot
Replies: 3
Views: 1460

Re: crest on 1740 Exeter assayed silver chocolate pot

You are most welcome! Happy that I could be of some small assistance!

David
by davidappleton
Fri Mar 31, 2017 3:59 pm
Forum: Family Crests
Topic: crest on 1740 Exeter assayed silver chocolate pot
Replies: 3
Views: 1460

Re: crest on 1740 Exeter assayed silver chocolate pot

Fairbairn's Crests gives: Higgs or Higges: A buck's head gules attired or pierced through the neck with an arrow proper headed or feathered argent. That is the only name which I have found associated with this specific crest. David http://www.appletonstudios.com/Higgs-Higges.jpg

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