Monday, May 16, 2011

Some Heraldry Found in Dallas, Part 2 of 4

After driving by (and photographing) the heraldic-style logo of Custom Meats Corporation (featured in my last blog post), we continued on our way to one of the estate sales. We arrived a little early, and they weren’t open yet, but an antique dealer next door was, so we went in to look around. Because, for one thing, you never know what you might find that you can use, and for another, as I’ve said many times before, you can find heraldry everywhere. We didn’t find much of anything that we couldn’t live without, but we did find – ta-dah! – heraldry. Some real, some not so much.

For the real heraldry, they had a couple of plates in a glass case with the arms of “University College Reading” on them. The University of Reading is a university in the English town of Reading, Berkshire. The University was established in 1892 as University College, Reading (note the comma) and received its Royal Charter in 1926. (This information from Wikipedia) It’s arms are blazoned as: Sable on a cross engrailed argent a rose gules barbed and seeded proper, on a chief gules three escallops or.

For the heraldry that I suspect is not so real, there were a couple of wooden chairs with a carved “coat of arms” surmounted by a coronet (below). The carving is a bit rough, but it’s a nice design overall. I have to admit, had I had a bit more money, and had the chairs looked a bit more comfortable (oh, yeah, and had I room enough at home to put them), I would have seriously considered buying them.

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