19th century Brass Royal Coat of Arms
A particularly decorative and appealing, 19th century Royal Coat of Arms* made from cast brass. The Victorian coat of arms is raised on an imposing stepped plinth and was designed as a chimney-piece ornament. An attractive and practical item which would also work well as a doorstop, remaining in excellent original condition. Circa 1860-80.
* The shield is quartered, depicting in the first and fourth quarters the three passant guardant lions of England; in the second, the rampant lion and double tressure
flory-counterflory of Scotland; and in the third, a harp for Ireland.
is a statant guardant lion
wearing the imperial crown
, himself on another representation of that crown. The dexter
is a likewise crowned English lion; the sinister, a Scottish unicorn
. According to legend a free unicorn was considered a very dangerous beast; therefore the heraldic unicorn is chained,
as were both supporting unicorns in the Royal coat of arms of Scotland
. In the greenery below, a thistle
, Tudor Rose
are present, representing Scotland, England and Ireland respectively. The coat features both the motto
of English monarchs
Dieu et mon droit (God and my right), and the motto of the Order of the Garter
Honi soit qui mal y pense (shame upon him who thinks evil of it) on a representation of the Garter behind the shield.
H: 27cm (10.6") W: 30cm (11.8") D: 8cm (3.1")
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