Vtg Duke Family Crest Coat Of Arms Pendant 14k Solid Gold Bale In Adversis Idem
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Vtg Duke Family Crest Coat Of Arms Pendant 14k Solid Gold Bale In Adversis Idem:
Very nice estate Duke Family Coat of Arms Family Crest Charm/Pendant
The bale is 14K solid yellow gold as tested using an acid test
I am not sure what the center medallion metal consists of. It appears to be very old
The bottom states the family motto "In Adversis Idem"
Approx 19mm in diameter and 3.5 grams total weight
Normal wear from age, please see photos and feel free to contact with questions
Here is some info I found on the Crests design and some history of the Duke family
Coat of Arms of the Duke Family of Suffolk
The following is from
Henry Duke Councilor, His Descendants & Connections
by Walter Garland Duke
"This compilation deals in the main with the record of the Duke Family from the earliest known ancestor in direct line who bore the name, Roger le Duc, of Normandy, France, through his descendants in Suffolk County, England, and thence to Virginia."
Significance of Symbols
Armswere granted in very many instances for some deeds of merit or important event in the family history, though not always made a matter of record.
Thechevronis claimed by some authorities as derived from the highest peak of the ancient saddle of the warrior, and by others it is supposed to simulate the gable of a house or the peak of a tent, but whatever the origin it is generally accepted as indicative of leadership and is still used in modern military insignia as a mark of rank or authority.
As to the three birds with which theshieldis charged, it is not definitely known what birds they represent. Various birds are vested with different attributes. In shape they somewhat represent theravenorCornish chough. While these in nature aresablein color, no doubt they are portrayed insilver, as it would not be permissible in English Heraldry to charge sable upon anazurefield. The beak and claws beingguleswould carry out this supposition, as this is a distinguishing feature of the Cornish chough, much used in heraldry, and esteemed a "sentinel" of birds and symbolical of vigilance.
The sword in thecrestwould point to military prominence. This seems to correspond with the chevron of the shield. As to the ostrich feathers,plumesare said to have been used by King Stephen of England with the motto "No force alters their fashion," alluding to the fall of the feathers which cannot be shaken into disorder by the wind, and intimating that the wearer's integrity could not be shaken by the winds of adversity. This seems quite in keeping with the motto, "In adversis idem."
Ancientheralds, in describing arms of the nobility, used names of the planets or precious stones, while certain modern writers claim certain attributes for the varioustinctures, thus:Argent: Silver, pearl, Luna, purity, and innocence.
Azure: Blue, sapphire, Jupiter, -- From an authority on Heraldry