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Coat of arms - The Arms of Trevor

The Arms of Trevor

  • Object:

    Coat of arms

  • Place of origin:

    England (carved)

  • Date:

    ca. 1700 - ca. 1710 (carved)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Unknown

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Carved limewood

  • Museum number:

    321-1907

  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

This carved, painted and gilt limewood heraldic coat of arms with crest, helmet and mantling bears the arms of Trevor. The crest is a chapeau on a gentleman's helm on which sits a wyvern with elevated wings.
The carving is fixed on a modern board.

John Meriton suggests that the family on this coat of arms may be identified with that of Trevor (of Denbigh) and that the arms could belong to one of the Barons Trevor of Bronham - the label indicating their eldest son and heir status during the father's lifetime: Thomas Trevor (1658-1746), John Trevor (1695-1764), Robert Trevor, Viscount Hampton (1706-1783). Alternatively it could be, Sir Thomas Trevor, Baron of the Exchequer (d. 21 December 1656 at the age of 84) or son and heir Sir Thomas Trevor, KB (d. 5 February 1676 at the age of 64).

A coat of arms, or often just called arms, is a design belonging to a particular person or a group of people. It usually consists of a shield, flanked by some supporters on the left and right. Above the shield is a coronet above which is the helmet. On the helmet then sits the crest. It was / is an important device for identification, especially when used with documents.

Physical description

This carved, painted and gilt heraldic coat of arms with crest, helmet and mantling bears the arms of Trevor. The crest is a chapeau on a gentleman's helm on which sits a wyvern with elevated wings.

The carving is fixed on a modern board.

Place of Origin

England (carved)

Date

ca. 1700 - ca. 1710 (carved)

Artist/maker

Unknown

Materials and Techniques

Carved limewood

Dimensions

Height: 44 cm, Width: 40 cm

Object history note

John Meriton suggests that the family on this coat of arms may be identified with that of Trevor (of Denbigh) and that the arms could belong to one of the Barons Trevor of Bronham - the label indicating their eldest son and heir status during the father's lifetime: Thomas Trevor (1658-1746), John Trevor (1695-1764), Robert Trevor, Viscount Hampton (1706-1783). Alternatively it could be, Sir Thomas Trevor, Baron of the Exchequer (d. 21 December 1656 at the age of 84) or son and heir Sir Thomas Trevor, KB (d. 5 February 1676 at the age of 64).
Bought from Mr A.G. Smithers, Tunbridge Wells, (Dealer in Antique and Decorative Art) in 1907, for £5 10s.

Descriptive line

Coat of Arms, carved limewood, painted and gilt, the Arms of Trevor, England, ca. 1700-1710

Bibliographic References (Citation, Note/Abstract, NAL no)

List of Works of Art Acquired by the Victoria and Albert Museum in the Years 1905 - 1908. In: List of Works of Art Acquired by the Victoria and Albert Museum, During the Year 1907, Arranged According to the Dates of Acquisition with Appendix and Indices. London: Printed for His Majesty's Stationery Office, by Eyre and Spottiswoode, Limited, 1909, p. 51
Bilbey, Diane and Trusted, Marjorie. British Sculpture 1470-2000. A Concise Catalogue of the Collection at the Victoria and Albert Museum. London: Victoria and Albert Museum, 2002, p.165, cat.no. 223

Materials

Limewood

Techniques

Carving

Subjects depicted

Helmet; Shield; Coat of arms; Wyvern

Categories

Arms & Armour; Sculpture

Collection

Sculpture Collection

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