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3 July 2021

Grant of Arms: Major Francis Vittery Platel GM 1954

Auctioneers Dix Noonan Webb are offering for sale the 1954 Grant of Arms to the late Francis Vittery Platel GM. Major Platel’s widow, Eve Maida Platel (née Chamberlain) petitioned for Arms to be granted “to be placed on a Monument or otherwise to the memory of her late husband” and “to be borne and used by his descendants and the Arms to be borne and used by her as his widow the whole according to the Laws of Arms.”

Auctioneer’s estimate: GBP 80 to 120.

Live Auction: 21 Jul 2021 10:00 BST

George Medal. London Gazette 22 July 1941: ‘At Masara, on the 23rd January, 1941, an explosion occurred in a cave gallery of No. 8 Base Ammunition Depot, killing and wounding about ten of the staff and igniting a stack of gun cartridges. Captain Platel organised and led a rescue and fire-fighting party into the gallery where the cartridges were exploding in all directions; they fought and extinguished the fire. The cave was full of ammunition of all calibres and, but for this officer’s prompt action, example and disregard of danger, the fire must have spread irrevocably, caused a major explosion and the loss of much ammunition.’

Shortly after this incident, Platel transferred to No. 4 Advanced Ammunition Depot in Greece and was captured there on or about the 1st March 1941. After being held in various camps he was finally interned in Oflag VIB in Germany. He died whilst a prisoner of war on 23 November 1944, and is buried in Hanover War Cemetery, Germany.

Arms: Or on a chevron between three cups Gules five gouttes d’eau.

Crest: Between two wings a cubit arm couped vested gules the hand proper holding an open cup Or.

Dated: 15th April 1954

Garter: Sir George Rothe Bellew

Clarenceux: Archibald George Blomefield Russell

Earlier this year, in May, a framed emblazonment of Major Platel’s Arms were sold by auctioneers Dominic Winter as a part of a group of 8 heraldic paintings.

13 January 2021

Royal Licence: Heatley to Montgomery 1820

Auctioneers, Dix Noonan Webb, are offering for sale the Irish 1820 Royal Licence for Conway Heatley to use the Name & Arms of Montgomery.

Auctioneer’s estimate: GBP180 to GBP 220 – Sold for GBP550.

Arms: Quarterly 1st & 4th Azure three fleurs de lys Or 2nd & 3rd Gules three gen rings Or stoned Azure on an inescutcheon Gules a sword and sceptre in saltire proper within a bordure Or a double tressure flory counter flory Gules.

Crest: On a chapeau a dexter gauntlet erect holding a dagger proper.

Motto: Honneur Sans Repos

Dated: 4th September 1880

Ulster: Sir William Betham

An extract from The Montgomery Manuscripts:

Colonel Wm. Montgomery left three children viz.: one son, also named William, and two daughters, Elizabeth and Anna Helena. The son was accidently killed, when a youth, at Killough, in the year 1736. Elizabeth died unmarried. Anna Helena married William Heatley, esq., of Riversdale, county of Wicklow, leaving by him three sons and a daughter, namely — I. Conway, a barrister-at-law ; 2. Wm. Campbell , an officer in the army ; 3. John Montgomery, a student in the Middle Temple ; and 4. Isabella, who died unmarried. The eldest son, Conway, in right of his mother, was permitted to assume the name and arms of Montgomery, in the year 1820.

Conway Heatley Montgomery left three children, viz. : 1. Frederick Campbell, a major in the 50th regiment. In 1835, he accompanied his regiment to New South Wales, where he received a grant of lands, and retired from the service ; 2. Caroline, married to Hugh Cathcart, esq., heir to his uncle, sir Andrew Cathcart of Killoughan castle, Ayrshire; and 3. Augusta, married to the late Thomas Sinclair, esq., of Belfast.

Grant of Arms: Roger de Byron-Faes 1983

Auctioneers, Dix Noonan Webb, are offering for sale the 1983 Grant of Arms to Roger August Alfred Faes de Byron-Faes (1914-2001) of Sentry Box Estate, Gunderman in NSW, Australia.

The auctioneer’s estimate is GBP100 to GBP140. Sold for GBP480.

Arms: Azure three swords palewise in fess point downwards hilts pommels and quillons Or overall a fess also Or a fess Gules and thereon three bees volant.

Crest: Out of a crown Or two eagles’ heads addorsed the dexter Gules and the sinister Azure in the beak of each a cinquefoil Gold.

Motto: FAE ET IUS

Dated: 14th December 1983

Garter: Sir Alexander Colin Cole

Clarenceux: Sir Anthony Richard Wagner

Norroy and Ulster: John Philip Brooke Brooke-Little

3 September 2019

Four Grants of Arms: Horton-Smith

Auctioneers Dix Noonan Webb are offering for sale 4 Grants of Arms connected with the Horton-Smith family.  The auction is a “catalogue” auction on the 25th & 26th September.  Each Grant has an auctioneer’s estimate of £160-£200.

 

1. 1900 Grant of Arms to Richard Horton Smith

1900 Horton Smith -Richard

Arms: Argent two chevronnels invected between two demi gryphons couped respecting each other in chief and as many battle axes in saltire in base all Sable.
Crest: In front of a mound Vert thereon a greyhound couchant proper two battle axes in saltire Or
Motto: Prèt À Tressaillir

Dated: 28th May 1900
Garter: Sir Albert William Woods
Clarenceux: George Edward Cokayne

 

2. 1905 Royal Licence to Richard Horton Smith to take the name Horton in addition to and before Smith viz Richard Horton Horton-Smith.

1905 Horton Horton-Smith
Arms: 1st & 4th Argent two chevronnels invected between two demi gryphons couped respecting each other in chief and as many battle axes in saltire in base all Sable (for Smith) 2nd & 3rd Gules a stag’s head cabossed Or on a chief of the last a rose of the first between two thistles slipped and leaved proper (for Horton).
Crest 1: In front of a mound Vert thereon a greyhound couchant proper two battle axes in saltire Or (for Smith).
Crest 2: In front of two claymores saltirewise proper a spear erect Argent the whole encircled by an antique crown Or (for Horton).
Motto 1: Prèt À Tressaillir
Motto 2: Haut On Aspire

Dated: 2nd November 1905
Garter: Sir Alfred Scott Scott-Gatty
Clarenceux: George Edward Cokayne

 

3. Royal Licence to Sir Percival Horton Horton-Smith (son of Richard) to take the name Hartley in addition to his surname Horton-Smith viz Sir Percival Horton Horton-Smith-Hartley.

1934 Horton-Smith-Hartley Arms

Arms: 1st & 4thArgent on a cross Gules quarter pierced of the field four pierced cinquefoils Or in the fess point a martlet holding in the beak a cross crosslet fitchée Sable (for Hartley)  2nd Argent two chevronnels invected between two demi gryphons couped respecting each other in chief and as many battle axes in saltire in base all Sable (for Smith)  3rd Gules a stag’s head cabossed Or on a chief of the last a rose of the first between two thistles slipped and leaved proper (for Horton).

Crest 1: A martlet Sable supporting with the beak a cross crosslet fitchée Or.
Crest 2: In front of a mound Vert thereon a greyhound couchant proper two battle axes in saltire Or (for Smith).
Crest 3: In front of two claymores saltirewise proper a spear erect Argent the whole encircled by an antique crown Or (for Horton).

Motto 1: Dex Aie (for Hartley)
Motto 2: Pret A Tressaillir (for Smith)
Motto 3: Haut On Aspire (for Horton)

Dated: 9th October 1934
Garter: Sir Gerald Woods Wollaston
Clarenceux: Arthur William Stuart Cochrane

 

4. Grant of Arms in memory of Marilla Horton-Smith, formerly Marilla Baily, mother of Sir Percival Horton Horton-Smith-Hartley.

1940 Horton-Smith - Baily

Arms: Gules a chevron Argent between three martlets Or a chief vair.

Dated: 16th August 1940
Garter: Sir Gerald Woods Wollaston
Clarenceux: Arthur William Stuart Cochrane

 

 

 

 

1 October 2017

Grant of Arms: Joseph Pyke 1891

Back in February 2015 Dix Noonan Webb offered for sale, by auction, the Grant of Arms to Joseph Pyke, of Devonshire Place House, Portland Place in the Parish of Marylebone and Beacon Lodge, Chatham Hill, Kent.  Joseph Pike was a Liveryman of the Worshipful Company of Farriers and his father, Lewis Eleazar Pyke, was the Minister and Secretary to the Great Synagogue, Duke’s Place.

Pyke Joseph Arms

Pyke Joseph LP2

Pyke Joseph Grantees

Arms: Azure on a pile invected Argent between two Pikes haurient in base proper a lion rampant of the first.
Crest: A demi wolf proper holding in the dexter paw a torch erect Or fired proper and resting the sinister paw on a quatrefoil also Or.
Motto: ID VOLO DEO VOLENTE

Dated: 3rd March 1891
Garter: Sir Albert William Woods
Clarenceux: Walter Aston Blount

Pyke Joseph AF

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