Monograms, Crests and Emblems

Monograms

A monogram is a group of two or more letters, overlapping or intertwining one another to form a design or symbol. They usually represented the initials of the family’s or individual’s name.

Monograms were sometimes inlaid into the tops of boxes, personalising them for their owners, and could be accompanied by a crest, emblem, coronet or even crown. These monograms were then engraved to add extra decoration and definition, creating an almost three-dimensional effect.

Crests

A crest is a personalised symbolic design that is a component of an heraldic coat of arms. Within the design, a crest sits on top of the helmet. Crests can take the form of a crown, coronet, animal (either mythical or actual), plumage of feathers, or a wealth of other emblems.

The crest can represent alone as a simplified version of its full coat of arms.

Emblems

An emblem is a personalised symbolic design representing a nation, organisation, family or individual. Whilst similar to a crest, an emblem is not limited to heraldic usage.

An Engraved Brass 'Arboreal' Styled Monogram from an Antique Jewellery Box with Betjemann Patent 'Automatic' Mechanism by Howell, James & Co.

An Engraved Brass ‘Arboreal’ Styled Monogram from an Antique Jewellery Box with Betjemann Patent ‘Automatic’ Mechanism by Howell, James & Co.

Antique Jewellery Box in Coromandel with Betjemann Patent 'Automatic' Mechanism by Howell, James & Co.

Antique Jewellery Box in Coromandel with Betjemann Patent ‘Automatic’ Mechanism by Howell, James & Co.

Engraved Foliate Wreath Emblem Encircling Initials, from an Antique Jewellery Box in Coromandel with Engraved Brass Inlay.

Engraved Foliate Wreath Emblem Encircling Initials, from an Antique Jewellery Box in Coromandel with Engraved Brass Inlay.

Magnificent Antique Jewellery Box in Coromandel with Engraved Brass Inlay and Concealed Drawer.

Magnificent Antique Jewellery Box in Coromandel with Engraved Brass Inlay and Concealed Drawer.

A Brass Inlaid Monogram Forming the Name 'Florence', from an Antique Jewellery Box in Coromandel with Betjemann Patent Mechanism.

A Brass Inlaid Monogram Forming the Name ‘Florence’, from an Antique Jewellery Box in Coromandel with Betjemann Patent Mechanism.

Antique Jewellery Box in Coromandel with Betjemann Patent Mechanism, by George Betjemann & Sons.

Antique Jewellery Box in Coromandel with Betjemann Patent Mechanism, by George Betjemann & Sons.

An Engraved 'SQ' Monogram beneath a Marchioness' Coronet belonging to the Marchioness of Queensberry.

An Engraved ‘SQ’ Monogram beneath a Marchioness’ Coronet belonging to the Marchioness of Queensberry.

Antique Jewellery Box in Coromandel, Retailed by C.F Hancock - A Wedding Present from the Marquess of Queensberry to the Marchioness of Queensberry.

Antique Jewellery Box in Coromandel, Retailed by C.F Hancock – A Wedding Present from the Marquess of Queensberry to the Marchioness of Queensberry.

 

A Brass Inlaid Monogram from an Asprey Antique Coromandel Box.

A Brass Inlaid Monogram from an Asprey Antique Coromandel Box.

Asprey Antique Jewellery Box in Coromandel with Brass Inlaid Monogram.

Asprey Antique Jewellery Box in Coromandel with Brass Inlaid Monogram.

A Brass Inlaid Monogram from an Antique Jewellery Box in Walnut.

A Brass Inlaid Monogram from an Antique Jewellery Box in Walnut.

Antique Jewellery Box in Walnut with Brass Inlaid Monogram.

Antique Jewellery Box in Walnut with Brass Inlaid Monogram.

A Brass Inlaid Monogram from an Antique Jewellery Box by Charles F Hancock.

A Brass Inlaid Monogram from an Antique Jewellery Box by Charles F Hancock.

Antique Jewellery Box in Coromandel with Cantilever Mechanism by C.F Hancock.

Antique Jewellery Box in Coromandel with Cantilever Mechanism by C.F Hancock.

Mounted Solid Gold Monogram from an Antique Silver-Gilt Dressing Case Fitting.

Mounted Solid Gold Monogram from an Antique Silver-Gilt Dressing Case Fitting.

Engraved Crest Badge from an Antique Officer’s Box in Cuban Mahogany, by David Edwards.

Engraved Crest Badge from an Antique Officer’s Box in Cuban Mahogany, by David Edwards.

Antique Officer’s Box in Cuban Mahogany, by David Edwards.

Antique Officer’s Box in Cuban Mahogany, by David Edwards.