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a gutta-percha [n] impression of it, one of several made by the late Mr. Albert Way. It exhibits a cross patee with five roses, as seen by the engraving which I have had made.

   The same coat occurs on the escutcheon held by the lion on the top of “Carel” cross, which was built, as the inscription tells us, in 1682, “Joseph Reed, Maior.” Here it is to be noted the cross patee or fleurie becomes a plain cross, whose arms extend to the borders of the field and the fifth or central rose disappears. A new Mayor’s seal must have been made about this time, or a little later, for in 1709 I find the Mayor’s seal attached to a deed of that date, and it bears a plain (thin) cross extending to the borders of the field. No central rose – indeed it finally disappeared when the Mayor’s seal used in 1709 was made. Another new Mayor’s seal was made in 1731, and is now in use. It differs only in the shape of the shield from its predecessor. It was made in 1731, as shown by the inscription round the rim, which is

          JOSEPH JACKSON, Mayor, 1731.

The legend on the seal is

   SIGILLVM. OFFICII. MAIORIS. CIVITATIS. CARLIOLEN.

We find these same armorial bearings, the plain cross and four roses, on the exterior of the Town Hall, once under date of 1717, “Joseph Parker, Mayor,” and again in 1799, “Richard Jackson, Mayor.” It occurs again on the fine piece of ironwork which decorates the Corporation pew in

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[n]  It is thus described in the Catalogue of the Museum formed by the Archaeological Society at Carlisle in 1859: - Moiety of a silver seal, of which the two parts, no doubt preserved in the custody of two distinct officials of the city, were united by a screw, and by a mortice and tenon. When complete it displayed an escutcheon of the City arms, and on the portion preserved appears the legend, &c.”

   The “portion preserved” is now wanting.

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