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by davidappleton
Tue Feb 19, 2019 4:10 pm
Forum: Family Crests
Topic: Gyrfalcon over crown
Replies: 9
Views: 1943

Re: Gyrfalcon over crown

In English heraldry, I don't think there is any particular meaning to the number of crenelles (three or five) on a mural coronet; it's more something that is left up to the artist. I did find the crest ascribed to the Toy/Toye family of Gloucestershire in a different edition of Fairbairn's Crests . ...
by davidappleton
Thu Feb 14, 2019 6:01 pm
Forum: Family Crests
Topic: Family crest question: demi lion rampant
Replies: 6
Views: 1878

Re: Family crest question: demi lion rampant

I have a fork with a similar demi lion rampant that we believe was also made in London by Chawner & Co but in 1964. The only difference is that the lion is holding a star and we strongly suspect that it is from the Luard family, as my husband is descended from that family The crest of a demi-li...
by davidappleton
Thu Feb 14, 2019 5:53 pm
Forum: Family Crests
Topic: Family crest question: demi lion rampant
Replies: 6
Views: 1878

Re: Family crest question: demi lion rampant

Traintime wrote:The Spittin' Lion...he turns up everywhere with no explanation.


He's not spitting; he's sticking out his tongue!

David
by davidappleton
Thu Feb 14, 2019 5:51 pm
Forum: Family Crests
Topic: Gyrfalcon over crown
Replies: 9
Views: 1943

Re: Gyrfalcon over crown

The figure is a martlet perched on/atop a mural coronet.

Unfortunately, I do not find any crests of this design in Fairbairn's Crests, the best source for hunting down English crests.

David
by davidappleton
Sat Feb 02, 2019 6:02 pm
Forum: Family Crests
Topic: Hand and Flowers Device
Replies: 5
Views: 2735

Re: Hand and Flowers Device

Fairbairn's Crests gives a few possibilities. Carsey of Dykelborough, Norfolk: An arm couped at the elbow and erect vested azure purfled and cuffed argent holding in the hand a bunch of gillyflowers proper. Peck: A cubit arm vested in pale holding in the hand three flowers stalked and leaved. Yon (o...
by davidappleton
Tue Oct 23, 2018 5:45 pm
Forum: Family Crests
Topic: lion seal
Replies: 7
Views: 1172

Re: lion seal

You might try looking at the various crowns shown on Wikipedia ( https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Crown_(heraldry) ) to see which ones match best with the one on your seal. I can't quite make out the figures on the brim of the crown on your seal to decide among several potential crowns there. David
by davidappleton
Tue Oct 23, 2018 5:37 pm
Forum: Family Crests
Topic: wax seal crown and wings crest
Replies: 3
Views: 1380

Re: wax seal crown and wings crest

According to Fairbairn's Crests , this crest has been used by the following families: Alchorn, Barrett, Constant, De Veulle, Douglas, Elsworth, Felbridg, Flood, Gamoll, Hackwell, Hartley, Kellock, Langton, Peake, and Trueman/Truman. Given that (unless I am misreading it) the second initial on your s...
by davidappleton
Sat Sep 08, 2018 3:10 pm
Forum: Family Crests
Topic: Ox Eye Cup - James Fraillon
Replies: 4
Views: 1117

Re: Ox Eye Cup - James Fraillon

There are a few possible attributions of this coat of arms, assuming that I am correct in believing that because of the size and placement of the mullet (the five-pointed star) is a cadency mark for a third son. Because the arms do not appear to be hatched, it is impossible without more information ...
by davidappleton
Sun Sep 02, 2018 1:20 pm
Forum: Family Crests
Topic: help identifying markings
Replies: 11
Views: 3456

Re: help identifying markings

Fairbairn's Crests translates the motto as "To pursue the track of my ancestors," and ascribes it to Bayning, Powlett, and Townshend. The coronet above the coat of arms is that of a Baron. The arms appear to be those of a younger son of the Viscount Townshend, which are identical except fo...
by davidappleton
Sun Aug 12, 2018 2:56 pm
Forum: Family Crests
Topic: Coronet ID - English or continental type?
Replies: 3
Views: 1076

Re: Coronet ID - English or continental type?

An English viscount's coronet would normally show eight or nine "pearls" along the upper edge, but though it only shows seven pearls, the coronet shown here is within the bounds of identifiability as an English viscount's coronet.

Just my two pence worth.

David
by davidappleton
Fri Jun 22, 2018 10:24 am
Forum: Family Crests
Topic: Colonial American Silver Family Crest
Replies: 9
Views: 3113

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: 3113

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: 3113

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: 1861

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: 1608

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: 3298

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: 1365

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: 3086

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: 1965

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: 1965

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...

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