A microscopic piece of heraldry necessarily stands condemned, because it merely pretends to hint that the owner thinks himself a person of distinction, instead of performing the true function of enabling the casual observer to identify the owner. Monograms and unostentatious heraldry are therefor the badge of the parvenu, and such heraldry is usually bogus. Genuine arms are almost always displayed boldly and beautifully at every possible opportunity, indoors and out. --
Thomas Innes of Learney, Scots Heraldry, pp. 161-162
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This is what happens when an heraldic artist has never seen anything more than a very rough description of an heraldic beast when painting ...
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Monday, February 23, 2015
The Littleton Shields in Temple Church, Part The Last
We now continue our counter-clockwise journey around the Littleton monument in the floor of Temple Church with the last seven of the small brass shields up the right-hand side.
22. _____ a chevron
between three roundels (annulets?) _____. (Unidentified. There is more than a page of entries in Papworth's Ordinary of British Armorials for this pattern.)
23. Quarterly _____ and
_____ a bend _____. (Unidentified. Again, without knowing the tinctures or having more genealogical knowledge of the families involved, too many to choose from for identification of this shield.)
24. Paly of six _____ and
_____ on a fess _____ three mullets _____. (Unidentified. There are nine entries for this pattern in Papworth, but once again, without knowing the tinctures ....)
25. Quarterly per fess
indented _____ and _____ (or, Per fess
indented and per pale _____ and _____). (Unidentified.)
26. _____ three escallops
_____. (Unidentified. There is a whole page of "three escallops" in Papworth.)
27. _____ three
cinquefoils _____. (Unidentified. There are even more "three cinquefoils" than "three escallops" in Papworth. Too many to choose from without knowing the tinctures.)
28. Barry of eight or and
gules. (Poyntz) (Too many to choose from in Papworth, but in this case I had additional information. Philip Kerr, Rouge
Croix Pursuivant, noted that the shields on the
right side of the monument relate to the family of Sir Adam Littleton’s wife, Ethelreda, daughter and heiress
of Thomas Poyntz. (Monumental Brass
Society, Bulletin 126, June 2014, p. 506) A quick search in Burke's General Armory for Poyntz led to the correct blazon.) And with that, we have finished our review of the Littleton monument in the floor of Temple Church in London, a monument which has been described (not by me!) as "a vainglorious
display of arms.” (London: The City Churches, Simon Bradley and Nikolaus Pevsner,
1998, p. 136) I hope that you've enjoyed this visit to this wonderful monument to members of the Littleton family.