Thursday, December 10, 2020

Wouldn't That Make a Good Pub Name?

What would, you ask? Well, something along the lines of "The Cap and Rose", or "The Hat and Rose", or even more specifically, "The Bycocket and Rose".*

I mean, really, doesn't that sound like a good inn or pub name?

Anyway, this all came about because we came across this in our travels around Ghent that day.

The two coats of arms over the doorway are (left) Argent a bycocket gules, and (right) Or a rose gules barbed slipped and leaved vert.

Do I know who these arms represent? I do not. Do I think that this place is an inn or pub? I do not. But these shields are, indeed, heraldry, or at least, pseudo-heraldry, and so I include them for your viewing pleasure here.

* Bycocket: Think actor Errol Flynn's "Robin Hood" hat. That's a bycocket. "A bycocket or bycoket is a style of hat that was fashionable for both men and women in Western Europe from the 13th to the 16th century. It has a wide brim that is turned up in the back and pointed in the front like a bird's beak. In French, it is called a chapeau à bec due to this resemblance." We have seen bycockets earlier in this trip, on the monument to Jacob van Artevelde, several posts back, which has his arms, Sable three bycockets [within a bordure engrailed?] argent, on its face.

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