I have recently been pleased to assist the archivist at Combermere Abbey, Steven Myatt, in his efforts to identify a number of plaster moldings in the library of the abbey which are presently undergoing conservation. Steven stated that he had been examining a number of plaster moldings which show heraldic devices and seemed to relate to local families; “there […]
Entries from January 2014
January 29th, 2014 · Comments Off on Heraldic images in the library of Combermere Abbey
January 28th, 2014 · Comments Off on New heraldic beastie hits the ground running … or is it flying!
A new heraldic beastie has appeared on the horizon. Invented by US Armiger Kathy McClurg as her heraldic badge and affectionately known as Gilbarta, the Dravencoon is an heraldic beast with the body of a Dragon (colour must be specified), the wings and hind legs of a Raven (Proper) and the tail of a Raccoon (Proper). […]
January 23rd, 2014 · Comments Off on Artist says farewell to heraldry
I am shocked to learn that Andrew Stewart Jamieson has decided to lay down his heraldic paint brush and will no longer be taking any more commercial commissions to paint armorial bearings. The information has come straight from the horse’s mouth (so to speak) as Andrew has recently made the announcement on his “Queen’s Scribe […]
January 22nd, 2014 · Comments Off on Tayleur (Taylor) Arms
Following on from yesterday’s discussion over strange and incorrect pub signs, I spoke to Lawrence, the landlord of the Tayleur Arms at Longdon on Tern and he very kindly let me have a copy of an old photo of the pub showing the previous, correct, sign. He is reluctant to change the incorrect sign because […]
January 21st, 2014 · Comments Off on 19C Armorial Bookplate of Rev. Henry Leigh Bennett
19C Armorial Bookplate of Rev. Henry Leigh Bennett Not in the Franks Collection. Dimensions of paper: 112x77mm. Condition: Good. Pencilled prices in top margin.
January 21st, 2014 · Comments Off on The Bookplate of Philip Bliss
The bookplate of Philip Bliss is not particularly in good condition but I am nevertheless pleased to have it because of the man and, if I’m honest, it has a sort of Cheshire look about it too. Franks 2840. Arms: Argent, on a bend cottissed Azure three garbs Or: Crest, A garb Or. A […]
January 20th, 2014 · Comments Off on The Tayleur (Taylor) Arms – or not!
Another one for my armorial lost opportunities section however, unlike The Granville Arms, this one at least has some tenuous connection between the name and the painting depicted on the pub sign. The Tayleur Arms at Longdon on Tern is actually a pub well worth visiting with a good restaurant* but it is stretching the […]
January 20th, 2014 · Comments Off on The Granville Arms – a wasted opportunity.
Quite near to where I live there used to be a public house called The Granville Arms. I believe that it has now been converted to part hot food takeaway and part residential use but when it was in its dying throws it displayed a pub sign which heraldically was one of those really frustrating […]
January 17th, 2014 · Comments Off on Dr Joseph Morrow has been appointed as the new Lord Lyon King of Arms
The armorial Bearings of Dr. Joseph Morrow, the new Lord Lyon, by artist Romilly Squire Friday, January 17, 2014 14:03 Advocate and student of heraldry takes up ancient position. Dr Joseph Morrow has been appointed as the new Lord Lyon King of Arms. The Lord Lyon office dates from the 14th-Century. Duties include the granting […]
January 15th, 2014 · Comments Off on John Phillips Esq. Edstone
John Phillips Esq. Edstone Early 19th century armorial bookplate. Not in Franks. Arms with Vernon in pretence and impaling Weir or Wear. One of his wives was named Mary. He d.1836. [More information, please, if you know it.] Dimensions of paper: 98x68mm. Condition: Good.