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Crows 1

This 17th-century English oak heraldic panel shows a crescent moon to indicate that the bearer of the arms is the second son.  The birds are presumably crows as their cry corresponds to the owner's initials.

 











 

Crows 2

While the common English crow cries out Caw (see above) its Continental counterpart speaks Latin, shouting out Cras  instead.  This translates as Tomorrow , which has a hopeful ring to it.  On this 17th-century Flemish oak panel the woman shown is Hope personified, who stands on, and partially conceals, an anchor, with a crow perched on her hand.  This refers to St Paul's description of hope as 'like an anchor for our lives...it enters in through the veil'.