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Late 18th / Early 19th Century English Antique Armorial Hatchment Representing the Oakes Family of Nowton Court, Suffolk)

Late 18th / Early 19th Century English Antique Armorial Hatchment Representing the Oakes Family of Nowton Court, Suffolk)

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A late 18th Century / Early 19th Century antique hatchment of English origin and of large proportions.

The Arms representing the Oakes Family of Nowton Court, Suffolk.

Bearing the Latin inscription "Quercus robur salus patriae" meaning "The strength of the oak is the safety of the country".

A hatchment is a large coat of arms, usually painted on a wood and canvas frame, erected over the door of a deceased person's house after their death. Hatchments are usually diamond-shaped, like a square turned 45 degrees to one side. The hatchment stayed in place for one year, after which it was moved to the parish church where it was usually hung on a wall. Hatchments were used in Britain from the 17th century, and the last recorded use was in 1942 at Over Kellet church in Lancashire. Some churches display numerous hatchments spanning centuries of local gentry families and thus are a good source of information about local history. Look for hatchments over nave arcades or on the walls of transepts.

 Very specific rules governed the form and colour of hatchment decoration. For example, if the deceased was a bachelor the ground (background) was black, while if he was married his arms were set on a shield, impaled on those of his wife. If the deceased was the last of a line (i.e. there were no heirs) a Death's Head, or human skull, was shown. By studying the arms and colours of the heraldic symbols and ground you can often guess the sex, social status, and in some cases even the name, of the deceased. Scottish hatchments often depict the arms of the mother, father, and grandparents as well as the deceased person.

Presented within a contemporary wooden ebonised frame with gilt inner-slip.

Condition - the canvas has been re-stretched and paint stabilised.

With frame 58" x 58" / Without frame 49" x 49"

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