At the top is a collared weasel standing just above a knight's helm framed by flowing laurels in blue and white. The crest itself has three ship's wheels, two above a pair of blue X's and one below. In the middle of the crest is a second crest containing twenty-eight more crests of various design and origin. Below the crest are the words "Praeteritis Praestabunt Futura" which is Latin translating roughly to "Past and Future Help."
The Weasel is a ferocious fighter considered by some to be poisonous and unlucky. Ancient peoples believed that Weasels would attack by the thousands to avenge the death of a single Weasel. To counter this and instead of setting traps for the Weasel which threatened their livestock, they held Weasel festivals on St. Matthew's or St. Catherine's Day to honor these fierce creatures. They are symbolic of boldness and resoluteness due largely to their reputation of battling much larger enemies. The Weasels have long been considered spiritual warriors.
Medium: Mixed Media on Paper.
Size: 16 1/2" by 13"; Framed 20 3/4" by 17 1/2" by 2 1/4".
Weight: 5 lbs 4 oz
Artist or Maker: Unsigned.
Condition Report: No rips or tears, but there is some light brown spotting along the bottom left side as well as wrinkling from the corners out.
Date: 19th C.
Provenance: Louis Gianni