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Crest A double headed eagle displayed charged on the breast with a fleur-de-lys
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Crest An eagle displayed holding a serpent Motto LITEM • NATVRA DIREMIT
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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
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Arms Ermine an Eagle displayed between two flaunches or on a chief engrailed sable a trefoil slipped between two crosses patty or Crest In front of a demi eagle a trefoil slipped between two crosses patty fitchy Helmet of an Esquire Motto ALTE VOLO
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There are no traces of the arms, crest, or motto of this stamp in the various reference sources.
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Crest An eagle's head couped
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Fairbairn’s Crests gives a host of names for which the stamp suggests a possible owner (Plate 83/1): Andlaw; Armory; Banks; Baxter; Bruce; Challenge; Dallender; Davie; Delawar; Divie; Divvie; Dobell; Dykes; Elfe; Elingham; Elphe; Golofer; Golston; Gorrey; Gorrie; Graham; Greenwell; Haffenden; Hammond; Keene; Kynn; Locke; M’Leod; Murray; Ouchton; Peple; Rawlinson; Redhead; Richards; Roberts; Rollaston; Rosher; Ross; St Clair; Sideserf; Smithers; Sydserf; Syme; Vaulx; Vaus; Wall; Westhorpe; Whishawe; Weston; Westropp; Wright.
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Crest A greyhound courant collared
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This is one of a number of sets of stamps that are usually only found at Christ Church, Oxford. Paul Morgan identified this stamp as that of Sir John Tash, Sheriff of London in 1719, knighted the same year, who died in 1735 at the age of 62. This seems unlikely from the dates of the books on which they are found. As far as I have been able to discover, there is no family that uses both these crests, and at the beginning of the seventeenth century, to which the books and the bindings surely belong, it was unusual, though not quite unknown, for a family to use two crests. It is possible that what we have here are two members of Christ Church coming together to present books to their college. In which case the falcon ducally gorged probably represents a member of the St John family, of whom it is the historic crest. The greyhound courant is more widely used and I cannot offer a probable identification though Constable of Scotland does have it for a crest without the collar. [JM]
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Crest On a mount a falcon wings raised belled and ducally gorged
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This is one of a number of sets of stamps that are usually only found at Christ Church, Oxford. Paul Morgan identified this stamp as that of Sir John Tash, Sheriff of London in 1719, knighted the same year, who died in 1735 at the age of 62. This seems unlikely from the dates of the books on which they are found. As far as I have been able to discover, there is no family that uses both these crests, and at the beginning of the seventeenth century, to which the books and the bindings surely belong, it was unusual, though not quite unknown, for a family to use two crests. It is possible that what we have here are two members of Christ Church coming together to present books to their college. In which case the falcon ducally gorged probably represents a member of the St John family, of whom it is the historic crest. The greyhound courant is more widely used and I cannot offer a probable identification though Constable of Scotland does have it for a crest without the collar. [JM}
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Crest A panache of five ostrich feathers
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The only likely candidate from the various sources consulted is Sir Hanson Berney, 8th Baronet, of Parkehall, Norfolk (1780–1870); from Fairbairn’s Crests, plate 251/6.
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Arms Semy-de-lys a fess cotised
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Not in Burke's General armory. The cartouche is the same as that used in the third of Matthew Parker’s stamps.
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Crest A griffin passant
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This is very similar to the crest of Beckford Bevan, though there is no supporting evidence to substantiate this claim. Other possibilities are: Fairbairn’s Crests, plate 61/14: Cleve; Cliffe; Clive; Evelyn; Finch; Finche; Watson.
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Crest A griffin's head wings addorsed
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Fairbairn’s Crests (plate 67/11) lists the following possible owners: Daubuz; Dingdale; Dugdale; Eliot [Elliott, &c]; Gill; Goodwin; Grandeville; Montagu[e]; Murrell; Prestwood; Scott; Slaney; Tinney. Without further information, this stamp remains unidentified.
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Crest A griffin's head with a wreath wings elevated
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Fairbairn’s Crests (plate 65/11): Bastable; Beauvoir; Buckley; Coleridge; Cookman; Corie [Cory] Cowbrugh; Crawford; De Montacute; Gardiner; Garnier; Gidley; Glastenbury; Gorham; Goslike; Gostwick; Gott; Harokins; Hayes; Henvill; Hobson; I’Anson; Inkersall; Know; Lampson; Letham; McCall; Mansham; Marsham; Masham; Monthermer; Parnall; Peckwell; Price; Selenger; Shirt; Short; Slocombe; Wigott; Wolmer.
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Crest Out of a ducal coronet a demi griffin segreant
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Fairbairn’s Crests (plate 64/4):- Besney [or Bestney of Hertfordshire]; Connocke of Cornwall; Coppin of Norfolk; Griffin of London; Lane of County Roscommon in Ireland; Page; Powell of Hinton in Herefordshire, of St Alban’s, of London and of Herefordshire; Rowles of Surrey; Royden of Devon; Vidler.
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Crest A falcon belled wings closed
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Possibly the crest of a member of the Cotton family, though the evidence is slight. Fairbairn’s Crests, plate 85/2 lists Cotton as a book owner who used this crest. Also one of the books cited has a bookplate of Cotton.
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Crest A falcon collared
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Arms An esquire’s helmet Crest On a mount a lamb passant holding a flag beneath a tree
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Crest On a chapeau turned up ermine a hind trippant
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Fairbairn’s Crests (plate 124/12) has the crest of a hind trippant, but it lacks the chapeau.
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Arms A lion rampant and in chief two fishes hauriant holding in their mouths an annulet Crest A cap
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This may be a Continental stamp, although the book on which it was found was published in England.
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Crest A lion rampant sinister
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Probably not a British stamp.
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Crest A demi lion gorged with a collar sable [or checky?] holding an escutcheon charged with a cross crosslet fitchy
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None of the crests illustrated in Fairbairn’s Crests match this stamp.
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Crest A demi lion gorged with a collar sable [or checky?] holding an escutcheon charged with a cross crosslet fitchy
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None of the crests illustrated in Fairbairn’s Crests match this stamp.
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