The Sunday Yarn ~ Heraldry

Prompt ~

25 09 September 15th 2013

I often wondered what lies behind the red wall with its bronze plaque. The property probably belonged to a noble family in Britain.  The crest portrayed a history of their family; a foot soldier trying to stop a knight leaving the castle on horseback – often wondered what he was fleeing from.

A few years earlier, a local historian revealed that it was a sweat shop in British times. Hundreds of men and women used to roll cigarettes and bidis (local cigarettes rolled in tendu leaves), sew dresses, and pack a number of Indian products for sale around the world. The crest belonged to a rich English businessman with extensive interest in tobacco.

Since then I have studied the coat of arms on cigarette brands like Rothmans, Marlboro, Pall-mall’s, etc. Heraldic symbols have a specific meaning for different images. A castle indicates safety, a lion ~ dauntless courage, knight on horseback ~ man’s journey through life, a common foot soldier ~ probably the poor exploited people. Indicative, if one considers these as key words.

However, a death stick between the knight’s lips may have been more explicit.

Words <200


19 thoughts on “The Sunday Yarn ~ Heraldry

  1. The knight looked a bit like Don Quixote to me… Interesting take. Going back and forth with Alastair on this – we think the Baron of Dover helped to fund the building of the now abandon church that is the building in the photo.

    Thanks for visiting the Dixie Queen saga. I haven’t ventured to the new prompt yet. Trying to catch up on return visits first.

I love arguments

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