Thursday, May 12, 2022

Oh, Look! More Non-Heraldry!

Okay, I promised you in my last post that I would include a couple more items of not-heraldry that I saw on my recent trip to Massachusetts.

These were found in Plymouth, up next to Burial Hill, on the façade of the First Parish Church of Plymouth. This building is, as the information plaque on the right (below) tells us, the fifth building to stand on this site, erected in 1897, which is the place where the Pilgrims built their first church in Plymouth Colony, New England.

The meeting house was recently purchased by the General Society of Mayflower Descendants (GSMD), who have invested a lot of money in restoring and renovating the building.

But, of course, it was the plaque on the left that caught my eye, because of the shields placed upon it.

Alas, not real heraldry.

The shield on the left contains only the best-known rendition of the Mayflower. That image of the ship, without the shield, is used a lot by the GSMD, and place it on all kinds of their member goods: medals, pins, buttons, cufflinks, backpacks, etc., etc., etc.

The shield on the right consists simply of an open Bible beneath a lamp of knowledge. I know of no organization which uses this as its coat of arms.

Therefore, not real heraldry, but being on shields, certainly heraldry-like.

Anyway, now you have seen all the "heraldry" that I did during my week in Massachusetts. I was hoping for a better "haul" than this. Still, it was an otherwise very productive week, so I really can't complain, don't you think?

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