Oh, dear. I received, as I do periodically, a catalogue in the mail from a firm called Design Toscano. They sell a lot of interesting, and sometimes oddball, goods. I receive their catalogues because I’ve ordered a couple of heraldic ties from them in the past. These heraldic ties, and their other ties, can be found on their website on-line at http://search3.designtoscano.com/?D=ties&Ntt=ties&Dk=0&N=0
I was a bit put off by one item in the most recent catalogue, on page 7, titled “’Queen Victoria’s Royal Coat of Arms’ Shield Sculpture.”
But then, of course, they really shouldn’t be calling the shield “Queen Victoria’s Royal Coat of Arms,” because it’s not.
3 weeks ago