" A dexter Arm issuing
out of clouds fesswise proper habited Gules,
holding in the hand also proper an Armillary Sphere Or. "
The definition (not the image) was given to me by letter
by herald Mr William G Hunt of the College of Arms, London, England
There are other very similar engravings of this
crest which also include :
SEMPER IN MOTU
( "Always in Motion" or "Perpetual Motion" )
If John Field's actual crest had included this slogan how appropriate
have been, instrumental as he was in bringing to
the Copernican view of the Solar System.
The left-hand clutching the Armillary Sphere mirrors the stance
in the famous Warsaw statue. Posed as a teacher he holds
the armillary sphere
in his left-hand and dividers in his right.
reference only : I am aware that some of the 'very similar engravings'
show the Arm
entering from the opposite side. The word 'dexter' is used in other
e.g. it might refer to a right-arm; or else the right-hand side of the
looking out from the 'canvas' toward the observer.
Such is the apparent ambiguity of heraldic definitions.
- 2018 GEOFF ROYLE G4FAS