Joanne wrote in with a question:
I have an old plate with a handpainted arms on it. The supporters are greyhounds rampant reguardant, the centre shield is oval witht wo crescents at the top, then a five pointed star underneath, then another single crescent under that. The greyhounds are collared, the right with a crescent flag and collar, the left with a star flag and collar. There is another greyhound head in the crest position but no motto. Any ideas?!!!
Thanks for writing in Joanne.
The first step in finding coats of arms like this is to translate what we see into the grammar of heraldry, or blazon. Since most of these arms will be depicted in just two colors, armorists of old devised a clever system of cross hatching to tell the viewer what color each component is supposed to be. In this way we can know that the background is supposed to be blue or azure while the star in the middle is gold, called Or in the language heraldry. Knowing these things we can construct our blazon which will let us look for the arms in reference books.
The blazon here being:
I looked around a bit and found these arms in the book Display of Heraldry by William Newton (published by the author in London, England 1846) on page 231. There the author describes these arms as belonging to the family Thorpe and notes that some of this family have an estoil (a six pointed star with wavy arms) on the arms instead of the mullet or five-pointed star seen on your plate.
I am curious if this plate was passed down in your family or if it is something you found elsewhere. If it is an heirloom, I hope this sparks some interest in doing some genealogical research of your own.
I have included the citation here.
Good luck and thanks again for sharing this with us.
Originally posted 2013-09-25 10:19:24.