The History of the Seal of the United States

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GLOSSARY OF HERALDIC TERMS.
Argent--silver, represented in engraving by plain surface.
Atchievement or achievement--a complete heraldic composition.
Azure--blue, represented in engraving by horizontal lines.
Barways or barwise--horizontally.
Barry--divided into bars.
Bearing--a charge on a coat of arms.
Blazonment or blazon--a correct heraldic description.
Canton--a part of the chief cut off on the left or right hand corner.
Charged--bearing a charge or figure upon the escutcheon.
Chevrons--bars, as the rafters of a roof, leaning against one another.
Chief--upper part of escutcheon.
Counter-flory--flowers divided and separated by the whole width of the bearing.
Coupé--cut off evenly.
Crest--the part of the achievement outside of and above the escutcheon.
Damasked--decorated with an ornamental pattern.
Dignity, cap of dignity--a symbol of dignity.
Displayed--with expanded wings.
Emblazon. See Blazon.
Ensigned--distinguished by mark or ornament.
Entoire--charged with bearings not living creatures.
Ermine--fur represented by black spots on a white ground.

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  • Title Page 1
  • Contents 3
  • I - The First Device 7
  • II - The Lovell Committee 18
  • III - William Barton's Designs 23
  • IV - The Secretarys Device 33
  • V - The Arms Adopted 41
  • VI - The Illegal Seal 48
  • VII - The Third Seal 53
  • VIII - The Fourth Seal 63
  • IX - Uses of the Seal 65
  • Glossary of Heraldic Terms. 69
  • Index 71
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