from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun In numismatics, the ornamental inclosure containing the type found on many coins, especially gold, in the French, AngloGallic, and English series.
  • noun In heraldry, a modification of the orle, generally considered as being of half its width, and double.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun (Her.) A kind of border similar to the orle, but of only half the breadth of the latter.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun heraldry A narrow border near the edge of a shield or banner, a pair being described as a double tressure.


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  • “The arms of Scotland,” said Edward, “the lion and its tressure, quartered, as I think, with three cushions — Can it be the royal standard?”

    The Monastery

  • A basis of philosophical observation, tinged with tenderness, and a dry, ironical humor, -- all, like the Scottish lion in heraldry, "within a double tressure-fleury and counter-fleury" of wit and fancy, -- such is a Jerroldian paper of the best class in "Punch."

    The Atlantic Monthly, Volume 01, No. 01, November, 1857 A Magazine of Literature, Art, and Politics

  • On the foliated capital are four coats of arms, and the first has the lion within the double tressure, and the armorial bearings are usually supposed to be those of King James II. (1436-1460); the second, impaled, of his Queen, Mary of Gueldres (1449-1463); the third has also the lion within the double tressure and a label of three points, which is held to denote a prince or heir, if not a younger son.

    Scottish Cathedrals and Abbeys

  • Miss Junick think that the baby she was going to steal was the greatest tressure Mrs. Hose had ever had so she realy planed to do this wicked act.

    Daisy Ashford: Her Book

  • Your forchoon is maid and you git part of a big tressure if you do exackly as told.

    The Boy Scout Treasure Hunters The Lost Treasure of Buffalo Hollow

  • Tullibardine, the son and successor of Sir David, enlarged the College of Tullibardine, and built that part where his arms and his lady's are impaled -- the three stars within the tressure for Murray, and a cross ingrailed for Colquhoun, finely cut in stone on the outside of the wall.

    Chronicles of Strathearn

  • (Primrose) are three Primroses within a double tressure fleury counter-fleury, or.

    The plant-lore & garden-craft of Shakespeare

  • Lion of Scotland, ramping on his gold field within his tressure fiery and counter flory, but surmounted by a label divided into twelve, and placed upon a pen-noncel, or triangular piece of silk.

    The Caged Lion

  • More recently, and particularly in our own Coinage, Heraldry and Art have declined together, so that feeble designs, but too commonly executed with lamentable consistency, are associated with heraldic inaccuracies which continue uncorrected to this day -- witness the _tressure of

    The Handbook to English Heraldry

  • This Shield, represented in No. 328, has both the bordure on its dexter half, and the tressure on its sinister half, dimidiated by the impalement.

    The Handbook to English Heraldry


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