Yes,…this *is* the final post I am going to write on heraldry and the Austen family. However in view of all the interest in my posts on heraldry, liveries and the Austens earlier this year, I thought you might like to see some examples of the Austen crest and seal which are on show at the Jane Austen’s House Museum at Chawton.
Above is a wax imprint of the Austen Crest made from a seal. Below is a close up of the wax imprint and you can see, very clearly, that the crest is, as we know, a stag atop a cornet or crown made from bricks…
This is the same device that George Austen, Jane’s father used on his bookplate, below .
Correclty, using heraldic terms, it should be described as:
On a mural crown or, a stag sejant argent, attired or.
Above is an example of an intaglio seal , made from a hard stone, possibly cornelian, engraved with the Austen coat of arms. The blazon( or strict heraldic description ) is as follows:
Or, a chevron gules between three lions gambs erect, erased sable armed of the second.
Which was, as we know from looking at a coloured version of the arms (as shown below on the memorial to James Austen’s first wife, Anne, in Steventon parish church) consisted of
a gold background, upon which is a red chevron, and three lions paws cut off at the middle joint , which are coloured black.
The Austen family motto is inscribed on a ribbon or banner underneath the arms. It is in latin and reads:
Qui Invidit Minor Est
which roughly translated into English means:
Who envies me is smaller than I
Having bourne with all my long meanderings on this subject I thought you all might be interested in seeing some more examples. And I will end this obsession with all things heraldic now, I promise. Well, I will for the time being….;)