The Grant of Arms to William Gaskell of the Indian Civil Service is on sale at eBay. The details given are:
“Certificate for having The Armorial Bearings assigned to William Gaskell of the Indian Civil Service, Deputy Commissioner of The United Provinces, 53 x 65 cm, beautifully illustrated on vellum. Signed and dated 1917 by Sir Alfred Scott Scott-Gatty as Garter Principle of Arms, Henry Weldon as Clarenceaux King of Arms and Henry Farnham as Norray King of Arms. With their cased wax seals. In Red & gilt tooled GV case of issue.”
The photographs provided give a good overall view of the Grant and the emblazonment of the Arms but little of the text. Fortunately William Gaskell is listed in the 1929 edition of A R Fox-Davies’ Armorial Families:-
Arms: Per chevron Sable and Argent in chief a fleece of the last banded and horned Or and in base a lotus flower slipped and leaved proper.
Mantling: Sable and Argent.
Crest: On a wreath of the colours a representation of the head of Medusa the face Argent crined with snakes Azure.
Motto: Impiger Manu.
Date: 10 February 1917
William Gaskell C.I.E., M.A.
Born 14 Jan 1874 Died 1954
1897 Entered the Indian Civil Service.
1912 Deputy Commissioner & Joint Secretary Board of Revenue
1918 Magistrate & Collector
1920 Commissioner of Income Tax, United Provinces
1924 Opium agent, Ghazipur
1925 Companion of the Order of the Indian Empire (C.I.E.)
1928 Officiating Member Central Board of Revenue
Address in 1951: Hilliers, St. Mary Bourne, Andover, Hants
Photographs courtesy of the vendor, Andrew Litherland, ARL Collectables – (littlehaywards)