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  • Spies And General Secret Squirrels

    Hi All,

    Can anyone identify this letter heading, and explain its significance?

    I can't [explain its significance].

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    Thank you.

    Regards,

    Simon
    Last edited by Simon Wood; 04-24-2017, 03:07 PM.
    Never believe anything until it has been officially denied.

  • #2
    I think the striped ribbon at the base of the island is a device that appears in coat of arms, so I'm guessing this is a heraldic image. Sometimes these were puns on the person's name. We have "palm", "isle" and a "star"-- any help?
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    • #3
      Hi Pcdunn,

      Thanks.

      It's about as far as I've got so far.

      Regards,

      Simon
      Never believe anything until it has been officially denied.

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      • #4
        Originally posted by Pcdunn View Post
        I think the striped ribbon at the base of the island is a device that appears in coat of arms, so I'm guessing this is a heraldic image. Sometimes these were puns on the person's name. We have "palm", "isle" and a "star"-- any help?
        I took it as a quil not a palm.
        G U T

        There are two ways to be fooled, one is to believe what isn't true, the other is to refuse to believe that which is true.

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        • #5
          The star is an Estoile.

          Are you reading a book concerning Foa press?
          Last edited by DJA; 04-25-2017, 04:47 AM. Reason: Tidy up.
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          • #6
            Hi DJA,

            A book concerning Foa press?

            What is that?

            Regards,

            Simon
            Never believe anything until it has been officially denied.

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            • #7
              Originally posted by DJA View Post
              The star is an Estoile.

              Are you reading a book concerning Foa press?
              Yep.

              Found this.

              http://www.araltas.com/info/article05.html

              an estoile on a coat of arms mean nobility. That's what I got so far.
              There are some specificities if Scottish or Irish.
              Is it progress when a cannibal uses a fork?
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              • #8
                Hi All,

                On 8th July 1882 Alan Pinkerton wrote to Prime Minister Gladstone, offering the services of his detective agency to discover the Phoenix Park murderers.

                Pinkerton's letter was passed to Robert Anderson, who sought advice on the matter from Edward Mortimer Archibald, British Consul-General in New York, who at the time was in London.

                In 1866 Archibald had put together a network of informers to keep tabs on the Fenians in North America.

                Archibald's reply to Anderson was written on stationery bearing the estoile logo.

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                Regards,

                Simon
                Never believe anything until it has been officially denied.

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                • #9
                  This guy seems to have been in the peerage, although there isn't a motto on the letter heading.

                  http://thepeerage.com/p34619.htm

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                  • #10
                    Hi Robert,

                    Yes, he was a heavy hitter.

                    There's a lengthy piece about him in the NY Times, 30th January 1883.

                    Regards,

                    Simon
                    Never believe anything until it has been officially denied.

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                    • #11
                      It is a variation of the Scottish Archibald "coat of arms".

                      Ditat servata fides.
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                      • #12
                        Hi DJA,

                        A good call. Thank you.

                        This is similar.

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                        Simon
                        Never believe anything until it has been officially denied.

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                        • #13
                          Your original post had me looking at the early 17th century,as I surmised it was associated with the Prayer Book Rebellion.

                          Edit. Oops,early 16th century.

                          http://www.myfamilysilver.com/pages/...name=Archibald
                          Last edited by DJA; 04-25-2017, 12:00 PM. Reason: Wrong century.
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                          • #14
                            Hi DJA,

                            That is spooky.

                            I am currently researching a book about the 1549 Prayer Book Rebellion.

                            Regards,

                            Simon
                            Never believe anything until it has been officially denied.

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                            • #15
                              Hi All,

                              I finally identified this symbol.

                              It was in Fairbairns Book of Family Crests [2 vols].

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                              It is the crest of the Archibald family, who were movers and shakers in Canada.

                              Palma non sine pulvere is the family motto. No reward without effort.

                              Regards,

                              Simon
                              Never believe anything until it has been officially denied.

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