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Lion & Globe. - 10 Apr. 2014 7:30:47    
Ron Hann


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No, I don't mean an insurance company.

I have noticed, in occasional photographs of Britain, a decorative Lion with its left foot on a globe, surmounting gate-posts or some other place, around English estates.

I have, seen such a thing out here in suburbia.

I am interpreting the meanng of such decorations as referring to the implied supremacy of Britain [the Lion] over the world [the Globe]. Obviously this would date from the 18th./ 19th. centuries.

The property to which I am referring, out here in the Colonies, is in Ilam, an 'up-market' and 'old-established' area of Christchurch. I am not aware of who the proprietors are but I guess that they are trying to 'make a statement'.

There is a lion and globe, such as described above, on the gate-posts on either side of the driveway.

Now the point to which I am going to arrive at, eventually. I would have thought that, normally and for the sake of symmetry, the depicted lions would have, say, the left foot of the decoration on the left-hand side of the driveway on the globe, and the opposite [i.e. the right foot on the globe] would apply on the right-hand side of the driveway.

However, in this case, in each of the decorations, the left-hand foot is on the globe. Is there any significance in this [Heraldic or some similar aspect perhaps ?] in this ? Or perhaps it was just a case of casting two lions in similar stances would have been cheaper than making two dis-simiar ones ?

Just wondering.................


And remember - don't sweat the petty things - and don't pet the sweaty things.
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RE: Lion & Globe. - 15 Apr. 2014 9:22:26    
Ron Hann


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[Message moved to Wallpaper thread]

< Message edited by Quenton -- 18 Apr. 2014 17:58:28 >

(in reply to Ron Hann)
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