Truth and liberty is the secret message behind this serpent snake bound round a battle axe wax seal necklace pendant.
- description -
A battle axe erect entwined with a snake serpent. Also stated as a halberd erect environed by a snake. Halberd is another term for battle axe, or battle axr, also spelled halbard or halberde. Environed means bound round or about.
- symbolism -
In heraldry, the snake, or serpent, is symbolic of wisdom.
The battle axe represents the execution of military duty.
The motto for this crest is truth and liberty.
Hand cast from a gorgeous gold antique fob wax seal. I haven't yet determined if it dates back to the Georgian era (1714 - 1830) or the Victorian era (1837 - 1901). It's shown in the photos but not available for purchase.
- approximate measurement - 3/4" x 5/8" (20mm x 15mm)
- shown with a 1937 US dime for scale
- wax seal charm metal - sterling silver (.925 silver)
- chain - a sterling silver cable chain with a spring ring clasp.
- select the necklace chain length or just the charm at checkout.
Impressed with history!
This is an English, Kent and Sussex, crest for the surname Tilden with family name spelling variations Tildon, Tylden, Tilderden, Tileden, Tillden.
The senior line of Tylden, Sir John Maxwell Tylden, held a family seat at Milsted Manor in Kent, England.
A Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Commoners of Great Britain and Ireland, p. 381
The second line of Tilden produced most of the American Tildens, beginning with Nathaniel Tilden, of Kent (or Sussex) England, who was one of the first settlers of Scituate, MA, in 1628
Crozier's General Armory: A Registry of American Families Entitled to Coat Armor, p. 127