While this rendering of the British
royal coat of arms is not itself
an antique, it symbolizes a heritage dating back to
the time of King Richard I, the Lionheart. A central
shield, divided into four quarters, embodies the symbols
of England (3 lions), in the first and fourth quarters,
Scotland (lion rampant) and Northern Ireland (harp).
Bordering the shield is a banner bearing the motto
of the Order of the Garter established by King Edward
III, Honi soit qui mal y pense (shamed be he
who thinks ill of it). Below the shield in the
compartment are depictions
of various flora symbolic of the United Kingdom: the
Union rose, the shamrock, and the thistle, all depicted
on the same stem. The fleurs de lis
at either end of the banner are symbolic of the unsuccessful
claim to the French throne, through his mother, made
by King Edward III. Supporting the shield on the left
side is a large crowned lion, symbolizing England,
and on the right is a unicorn, symbolizing Scotland.
Below the lion, unicorn and shield is a banner
with the motto of the British monarchy, Dieu et mon
droit (God and my right).
it looks very old and hand-carved as if it were crafted of wood,
this coat of arms was made recently from fiberglass
and painted by hand. A special glaze gives it
the patina of age. We found it quite by accident
in England and thought it would be ideal for a collector
of antiques or heraldic items and enthusiasts of past
eras such as the Tudor period. It may be hung using
a hook mounted on the back but is very heavy and will
require the efforts of at least two strong men.
Neubecker, Ottfried, Le Grand Livre de L'Héraldique,
(Bordas, Paris, 1997).
This decorative English coat of arms would enjoy pride of place over an entryway,
above a fireplace, or in any location where attention
is commanded. But most of all, it would enhance
any home or business dedicated to Anglophiles, whether
a pub or a country home.