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….;)