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  • The earliest Washington arms had blazoned upon it "3 Cinque foiles," which was the herald's way of saying that the bearer owned land and was

    George Washington: Farmer

  • The earliest Washington arms had blazoned upon it “3 Cinque foiles,” which was the herald's way of saying that the bearer owned land and was a farmer.

    George Washington Farmer

  • Mar. And yours, as blunt as the Fencers foiles, which

    Much Ado About Nothing (1623 First Folio Edition)

  • & brede.ygrated. do þerto powdour fort and safroun with pyner & salt. take & close litull Balles in foiles [2] of sawge. wete it with a batour of ayren & fry it. & serue it forth.

    The Forme of Cury A Roll of Ancient English Cookery Compiled, about A.D. 1390

  • Cinque foiles,” which was the herald's way of saying that the bearer was a landholder and cultivator, and when Washington had a book-plate made for himself he added to the conventional design of the arms spears of wheat and other plants, as an indication of his favorite labor.

    The True George Washington

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