The Tupper Coat of Arms

A Fancy Tupper Coat of Arms This is one of several recent renditions of a coat of arms which has been awarded to members of the Tupper family from time to time over the centuries. What they all have in common is three boars on a blue background, with a band of gold, upon which are three scallop shells. This crest is found on very old Tupper homes in Sussex, England, and on a helmet found among the Norman relics at Battle Abbey.

Americans tend to claim a crest as the heritage of a family, but by English tradition a crest is awarded to an individual, and only his male heirs are entitled to its use. Since this crest is found on homes believed to have belonged to ancestors of Thomas Tupper of Sandwich, it is likely that all descendants of Thomas by the male line are entitled to use some form of it.

This particular rendition of the crest is obviously specific to an individual, showing in two places a medal awarded for meritorious service--one as a medallion hanging over and partially obscuring one of the boars, and the other as a plaque held by the greyhound's upraised foot. The individual in question here is John Tupper of Guernsey, who at great personal risk carried news to Spithead on May 16, 1692, leading to the victory at La Hogue. For this service he received from William III the gold chain and medal which is shown here. Since its award it has been shown conspicuously in many renditions of the Tupper coat of arms.

I show this particular rendition here, not because I am personally entitled to the medallian by lineal descent, but because the overall rendition of the arms is the prettiest I have seen. Others are displayed below.

((Other Tupper coats of arms will be here soon. Please check back.))

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