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31 October 2020

Unidentified Crest on Medical Set

Filed under: Heraldry — Stephen J F Plowman @ 14:09
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I have been asked if I could identify the above Crest on a set of medical instruments. The set was for surgery and bloodletting and was made by James Bernardeau of London circa 1740.

My attempt at a blazon:

Crest: A hand couped at the wrist erect holding a broken sword.

Looking through Fairbairn’s and the General Armory I found that it is close to some Richardson Crests.  However, those listed had longer Arms, with or without armour. e.g. Richardson of Field House, Whitby, Yorks: A dexter arm erect couped at the elbow holding in the hand a broken sword proper.

Any suggestions?

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