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Heraldic funerals

Postby Arthur Radburn » 19 Jun 2020, 12:34

VRVO Funeral 1773 - 1a.png
VRVO Funeral 1773 - 1b.png

Watching Martin Goldstraw's online talk about funeral heraldry made me wonder to what extent the old custom of heraldic funerals found its way from Europe to other parts of the world.

There were quite at least twenty-seven at the Cape of Good Hope in South Africa the 18th century, during the period of Dutch administration. The images above are details from a contemporary engraving of the funeral of Pieter, Baron van Reede van Oudtshoorn in 1773. His arms were displayed on a standard (1), the leading horse's caparison (2), an escutcheon (4) and a tabard (7). The other items were a plumed helmet (5), a staff of command (6), gauntlets (8), spurs (9), a sheathed sword (10) and a drawn sword (11).

Were there any heraldic funerals in the USA? Or Canada? Or in early Australia?
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