Wednesday 5 December 2012

A very human-faced lion

Great to see more records from the War Office being rapidly added to Find My Past, and as I've mentioned somewhere else (and I'll be blowed if I can find exactly where), the Royal Coats of Arms are worthy of study in their own right.  The image above is taken from a discharge paper in WO 122 and dates to 1803.  If I didn't know better, I'd say that the lion has been modelled on a person.  Take a good look.  It's certainly doesn't appear to be an animal's face. Can anyone speculate as to the lion's identity?  Duke of Wellington perhaps?