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Anthony Vincent Grasset

West Vancouver, British Columbia
Grant of Arms, with differences to Antoinette Veronica Posehn, Stephen Michael Grasset, Sarah Gillian Grasset and Richard William Grasset
November 1, 2002
Vol. IV, p. 251

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Blazon

Arms

Gules three ears of wheat in pall reversed, surmounted by a bezant, between three seaxes in pall Or;

Crest

Issuant from barry wavy Or and Gules, a demi horse Or holding a rod of Aesculapius Gules;

Motto

DILIGENTIA UT PROSIM;

Differenced Arms for Antoinette Veronica Posehn, daughter of Anthony Vincent Grasset

The Arms of Anthony Vincent Grasset debruised of a three point label Argent; this individual will inherit the Arms of the Recipient following his or her death;

Differenced Arms for Stephen Michael Grasset, son of Anthony Vincent Grasset

The Arms of Anthony Vincent Grasset differenced by an orle Or;

Differenced Arms for Sarah Gillian Grasset, daughter of Anthony Vincent Grasset

The Arms of Anthony Vincent Grasset within a bordure quartely Or and Gules;

Differenced Arms for Richard William Grasset, son of Anthony Vincent Grasset

The Arms of Anthony Vincent Grasset within a bordure Or;


Symbolism

Arms

The red and gold are the colours of the coat of arms of Middlesex, where Dr. Grasset was born, and the namesake of the hospital where he trained. The three seaxes are also from the arms of Middlesex, but placed in a different configuration. The three ears of wheat refer to Les Trois Épis, the farm of Dr. Grasset's great-grandfather in Upper Alsace. The gold disc is taken from the arms of Cornwall and thus honours Dr. Grasset's Cornish ancestry. It could also represent a health-giving pill that Dr. Grasset would have often prescribed in his practice. The shield is placed on the eight-pointed Maltese cross badge of the Order of St. John. Suspended from the shield are the insignia of a Knight of Grace of the Most Venerable Order of the Hospital of St. John of Jerusalem, and the Canadian Forces Decoration (C.D.) with one bar. Dr. Grasset was subsequently re-classified as a Knight of Justice in the Order of St. John.

Crest

The crest honours Dr. Grasset's maternal (Trevelyan) ancestry, as Trevelyan arms usually feature a white horse rising from water. In this case the water has been made "sunlit" (red and gold), and the horse is gold and carries a rod of Aesculapius, the traditional symbol for medicine.

Motto

Meaning "Through zeal that I may be useful", and it was choosen by Dr. Grasset.

Differenced Arms for Antoinette Veronica Posehn, daughter of Anthony Vincent Grasset

The symbolism of this emblem is found in other element(s) of this record.

Differenced Arms for Stephen Michael Grasset, son of Anthony Vincent Grasset

The symbolism of this emblem is found in other element(s) of this record.

Differenced Arms for Sarah Gillian Grasset, daughter of Anthony Vincent Grasset

The symbolism of this emblem is found in other element(s) of this record.

Differenced Arms for Richard William Grasset, son of Anthony Vincent Grasset

Le symbolisme de cet emblème est compris dans un ou plusieurs éléments de ce dossier.


Background

Canada Gazette Information

The announcement of the Letters Patent was made on December 20, 2003, in Volume 137, page 3980 of the Canada Gazette.


Artist Information

Creator(s)
Original concept of Robert D. Watt, Chief Herald of Canada, assisted by the Heralds of the Canadian Heraldic Authority

Painter
David Farrar

Calligrapher
Nancy Ellis


Recipient Information

Individual