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Arms of Newdigate impaling unknown arms

The armorial bearings as engraved upon this George I Coffee Pot by Gabriel Sleath, hallmarked London 1716 are those of Newdigate impaling at present unknown arms.  These armorial bearings denote the marshalling of a marital coat showing on the dexter (the heraldic right on the left as you view the piece) the arms of the husband and on the sinister (the heraldic left on the right as you view it) the arms of the wife.  These arms may be blazoned as follows:


(on the dexter)            Gules three lion’s gambs erased argent (for Newdigate)
(on the sinister)           Or a lion rampant reguardant gules ( for     ?      )

As these marital arms appear upon a lozenge, I believe that upon the balance of probability they belong to a widow of the Newdigate family at some time after 1716.   

The use of a lozenge in heraldry is the only vehicle for a widow to display her arms.

The family of Newdigate stemmed from Newdigate in the County of Surrey.  The family was certainly living there during the reign of King John.  Descendants of the family during the course of later generations settled at Harefield in the County of Middlesex, Arbury and Astley Castle in the County of Warwick and Kirk Hallam in the County of Derby.  A member of the Arbury branch of the family, Richard Newdigate was created a baronet in 1677.  This title later fell into extinction on the death of Sir Roger Newdigate in 1808.  There are descendants of the senior line still living.

Newdigate armorial

George I coffee pot

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