Large British Royal Coat of Arms Vintage Royal Warrant Crest Solid Metal Sign
A vintage Royal Warrant crest from the early to mid-20th century, featuring the British Royal Coat of arms. The coat features both the motto of English monarchs, Dieu Et Mon Droit (God and my right), and the motto of the order of the garter, Honi Soit Qui Mal Y Pense (shame upon him who thinks evil of it) on a representation of the garter behind the shield. The shield is quartered, depicting in the first and fourth quarters the three passant guardant lions of England; in the second, the rampant lion and double tressure flory-counterflory of Scotland; and in the third, a harp for Ireland. The crest is a statant guardant lion wearing the St Edward’s Crown, himself on another representation of that crown. The Dexter supporter is a likewise crowned English lion; the sinister, a Scottish unicorn. According to legend a free unicorn was considered a very dangerous beast; therefore the heraldic unicorn is chained. In the greenery below, a thistle, Tudor Rose and shamrock are present, representing Scotland, England and Ireland respectively. British Royal Warrants are currently granted by Queen Elizabeth II, the Duke of Edinburgh and the Prince of Wales to companies or tradespeople who supply goods and services. The warrant enables the supplier to advertise the fact that they supply to the royal family. Royal Warrants are only awarded to tradesmen. The professions, employment agencies, party planners, the media, government departments, and “places of refreshment or entertainment” (such as pubs and theatres) do not qualify. The Merchandise Marks Act 1887 makes it illegal for companies to falsely claim that they have a Royal Warrant. Beautifully rendered and hand painted. Shows amazing age and patina. Well made, solid metal casting (very heavy weight). 35 inches x 35 inches (nearly 3 feet x 3 feet). Has 3 mounting holes for ease of hanging. More than likely, this warrant was displayed on the outside of a business in England. There are signs of wear and evidence of outside use (it has not been recently cleaned, in order to maintain its current integrity, hence, there is some surface dust). There is generalized paint peeling and there are many areas were the under metal (aluminum) is exposed. This adds character and patina to the piece however, this is a subjective. Please examine the pictures closely. The item “Large British Royal Coat of Arms Vintage Royal Warrant Crest Solid Metal Sign” is in sale since Saturday, December 29, 2018. This item is in the category “Collectibles\Advertising\Merchandise & Memorabilia\Signs\Original\1930-69″. The seller is “snackula” and is located in Lafayette, California. This item can be shipped to United States.
- Type of Advertising: Sign
- Country/Region of Manufacture: Unknown