I came across this bookplate of polar explorer Rear Admiral Richard E. Byrd:
I can’t comment on the genealogical accuracy of the quarterings, but curiously I noticed that the Byrd arms are marked with a crescent for difference in the first quarter but not in the sixth.
Image courtesy of http://bookplatejunkie.blogspot.com (and there are many more examples of heraldic bookplates throughout the site)
It should be noted that RAdm Byrd’s bookplate is a reproduction (possibly even from the same engraved plate) of the bookplate of his ancestor, Colonel William Byrd II (1674-1744). Bolton attributes the non-Byrd quarterings to Crew (?), Braxton, Bulkeley, and Dodd (?), but since the colonel’s mother was a Horsmanden, and his paternal grandmother a Stegge, any basis for the quarterings must go back well into the early 17th century or before.
Well found, Joseph. Even if the quarterings weren’t current, it’s always nice to see a family aware of its own heraldic history.
Off topic to the original post, that website had an image of a beautiful bookplate made for TIOH.
Do we know if TIOH uses this bookplate, e.g. in it’s own library?
I can not find any signature or initials.
Does anyone know who designed and / or created the TIOH bookplate?
Also, it appears to have been engraved. Is this the case?
This is from bookplatejunkie.Blogspot.com (Lew Jaffe’s site):
I thought this one was English and was surprised to find out that it was designed for The U.S. Army Institute Of Heraldry.Here is a link with information about the institute:http://www.tioh.hqda.pentagon.mil/TIOH/TIOH_history.aspx*I will contact them to find out who designed the plate and add the information to this posting when it is received..
4/30/2012*Bonnie Henning at*The Institute of Heraldry responded as follows:
Mr. Jaffe: The bookplate was placed in all our library books. We use to have quite anextensive library; however, it has been more or less dismantled recently.The plate contains our coat of arms - . I asked anotheremployee who has been here about 30 years and she does not know when it was designed or who designed it and we have no records on it.
The English heraldic artist Dan Escott worked at TIOH in the late 1960s/early 70s. Might this have been his work?
No I don’t think so it isn’t really his style.