I will remain such as I have been from the start... qualis ab incepto, a beautiful reminder on this historical armoured arm wax seal necklace... the same as from the beginning.
- description -
An arm, in armor, embowed, and in the hand a short sword, surrounded by the Latin motto QUALIS AB INCEPTO which translates THE SAME AS FROM THE BEGINNING.
Several leading families of the United Kingdom use this motto, including DeGrey and Weddell, but with this particular crest it belonged to the Majendie family, specifically, Lewis Ashurst Majendie, Esquire (1835 - 1885) who resided at Hedingham Castle, in Halstead, Essex in the United Kingdom.
Plate 81, crest 11, Fairbairn's Crests.
- symbolism -
In heraldry, an arm in armour, embowed, symbolizes one with qualities of leadership. The gauntlet symbolizes one armed for the performance of martial enterprise. The sword represents justice and military order.
Hand cast from a personal one of a kind antique fob wax seal that dates back to the 1800's, and is shown in the photo but it is not for sale nor does it come with the necklace charm.
- approximate measurement - just over 3/4” x 3/4" (20mm x 18mm)
- wax seal charm metal - fine silver (.999 pure and recycled silver)
- photographed with an old US dime
- chain - a sterling silver cable chain with a spring ring clasp.
- select the necklace chain length or just the charm at checkout.
A little more history...
Lewis Ashurst Majendie was a British Conservative Party politician, born in 1835 and died October 22, 1885.
On January 8, 1870 he married Lady Margaret Elizabeth Lindsay, daughter of Alexander Lindsay, the 25th Earl of Crawford and Balcarres.
Lady Margaret Elizabeth Lindsay (1850 - 1912) was a short story writer and novelist. She contributed several stories to Blackwood’s Magazine and published several novels -
Dita in 1877, Fascination in 1880, The Turn of the Tide in 1881, Out of Their Element in 1884, Sisters In Law in 1885, Precautions in 1887, Past Forgiveness in 1889, Tom’s Wife in 1890.
And you can read more about the Hedingham Castle.
Impressed with history!