In a post on November 26, 2011, he highlights a drawing of what the arms of the United States might have looked like.
On a field Chevrons composed of seven pieces on one side & six on the other, joined together at the top in such wise that each of the six bears against or is supported by & supports two of the opposite side the pieces of the chevrons on each side alternate red & white. The shield born on the breast of an American Eagle on the wing & rising proper. In the dexter talon of the Eagle an Olive branch & in the sinister a bundle of Arrows. Over the head of the Eagle a Constellation of Stars surrounded with bright rays and at a little distance clouds.
So what we might have ended up with, instead of the Paly of thirteen argent a gules, a chief azure (that so many people even today can’t depict correctly – see my posts of October 13, 2011 (http://blog.appletonstudios.com/2011/10/final-bit-of-heraldry-in-raleigh-north.html) and April 23, 2009 (http://blog.appletonstudios.com/2009/04/blazoning-arms-of-united-states.html) for examples), we could have ended up with a (nearly unblazonable!) chevron of six stripes to dexter red and white and seven stripes to sinister white and red on a blue field.
The full article can be found on-line at: http://boston1775.blogspot.com/2011/11/united-states-eagle-as-it-first.html.
The article also contains a link to another website, http://www.greatseal.com/, that gives the Great Seal’s history, symbolism, and design process, as well as some of the myths and misinformation about it, which you might find of some interest.
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