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Armorial oak shield - the arms for Gonville & Caius College, Cambridge

Armorial oak shield - the arms for Gonville & Caius College, Cambridge

Code: 2084


H: 8" (20.3 cm)W: 6.5" (16.5 cm)


Armorial oak shield, Gonville & Caius (Keys) College, Cambridge.

Founded as Gonville Hall by Edmund Gonville in 1384 and re-endowed by John Caius, M.D., in 1557.

Arms: Argent, on a chevron between two chevronels indented sable three escallops Or, impaling Or, semee of flowers gentil, in chief a sengreen above two serpents erect and respecting one other all proper, the serpents' tails bound together and resting on a square stone of green marble in base, and between the serpents a closed book sable, edged gules clasped and garnished gold; all within a bordure compony argent and sable.

The personal grant to Dr. Caius, dated 1560, states that the book betokens learning, the serpents and stone, "Wisdom with grace founded and stayed upon vertue's stable stone", and the sengreen and flowers gentil, 'immortalitie that shall never fade".

Hand painted and gilded coat of arms by A.W.Crisp & Co., Heraldic Artists, 16 Kings Parade, Cambridge. Ecclesiastical, Civil, Private and School Arms. Naval, Regimental and Air Force Badge to order. Handpainted on Oak Shields, Panels and Parchments, also Silver and E.P. Souvenir Spoons, Brooches, Loving Cups and Serviette Rings, etc., with Coloured Enamel Arms. Challenge Shields and Cups.

English,circa 1900