Unidentified Stamp

Unidentified Stamp
Crest: An eagle displayed holding a serpent
Motto: Litem natura diremit
Dimensions (height x width): 52mm x 43mm
Heraldic Charges: eagle displayedserpent
This crest appears on English books. The heraldry of crests. London, 1829 shows it for Backhouse (Plate 66 no 21). Fairbairn's Crests (Edinburgh, 1860) has an entry for Backhouse of Durham, Cumberland and Kent, but gives the motto as Confido in Deo. Burke's General Armory 1884 gives the eagle as wings close. Fairbairn (1860) in its illustration gives the eagle, wings elevated not displayed (Plate 75 Crest 11), but Backhouse is not mentioned in the descriptions to the plate. The motto is from Ovid Metamorphoses