Joined: 14 Aug. 2003
From: Christchurch New Zealand
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 ?
And remember - don't sweat the petty things - and don't pet the sweaty things.