English Sign Names From 17th Century Tradesman's Tokens

by Mari ingen Briain meic Donnchada (Kathleen M. O'Brien)

© 2007-2010 by Kathleen M. O'Brien. All rights reserved.
Version 1.2, updated 12 March 2010


Pattern Breakdowns:


Patterns Including: the Name of an Animal
Animal: Color +
Animal:
Number +
Animal:
Number +
Color +
Animal:
Adjective +
Animal:
Adjective +
Color +
Animal:
Bear Black Bear
White Bear
       
[Boar] Blue Boar        
Brood Hen          
Bull Black Bull
Gold Bull
Pied Bull
Red Bull
       
Civet (Cat)          
Cock Golden Cock Three Cocks      
[Colt]   Three Colts      
[Cony]   Three Conies      
[Cow] Red Cow        
Dog Black Dog        
[Dove]   Three Doves      
[Dragon] Green Dragon
White Dragon
       
Dolphin          
Drake          
[Eagle] Black Spread Eagle        
Elephant          
[Falcon] Golden Falcon        
Fox          
Goat          
[Goose]   Geese      
Greyhound          
[Griffin] Golden Griffin        
Hare          
[Hart] Black Hart
Golden Hart
Red Hart
White Hart
       
Hind          
[Horse] Black Horse
White Horse
      Little White Horse
Lamb          
Lion Black Lion
Blue Lion
Gold Lion
Golden Lion
Purple Lion
Red Lion
White Lion
Three Lions Three Golden Lions    
Magpie          
Peacock          
[Pidgeon]   Three Pidgeons      
Raven Black Raven        
[Squirrel]   Three Squirrels      
Swan
Swan with Two Necks
Black Swan
White Swan
       
Unicorn          
[Vulture]       Live Vulture  


Patterns Including: the Name of an Animal + "Head"
Animal + "Head": Color + Animal + "Head": Number + Animal + "Head":
Boar's Head Blue Boar's Head  
Bull's Head White Bull's Head  
Goat's Head    
[Leopard's Head]   Three Leopard's Heads
Nag's Head    


Patterns Including: the Name of an Item
Item: Color +
Item:
Number +
Item:
"Crossed" +
Item:
Acorn    
Anchor Blue Anchor
Golden Anchor
  
Angel    
Axe    
Bag of Nails    
Ball Golden Ball
  
Bell Black Bell
Blue Bell
Golden Bell
Five Bells
Six Bells
 
Bible    
Broad Arrow    
[Bullet (i.e. a crossbow bolt)]    Crossed Bullets
Bunch of Grapes    
Cardinal's Cap    
Castle    
Catherine Wheel    
Checker    
Child's Coat    
Crown   Three Crowns 
[Cross] Golden Cross
Red Cross
White Cross
  
[Cup]   Three Cups
 
[Cushion] Green Cushion   
Dagger    Crossed Daggers
Death's Head   Three Death's Heads 
Drum Golden Drum
  
Feathers    
Fleur-de-lis    
Flower Pot    
Fountain    
Frying Pan Gilt Frying Pan
  
Galley    
Gate    
Globe Golden Globe   
Gridiron    
Gun    
Half Moon    
[Hall] White Hall   
Harp    
Harrow    
[Hat]   Three Hats 
Hatchet    
Horns    
Horseshoe Golden Horseshoe Three Horseshoes 
[House] Red House   
[Inkhorn]   Five Inkhorns
 
[Key] Golden Key   Crossed Keys
Last (i.e. a Boot-last)    
Leg Golden Leg   
[Lock] Golden Lock   
Maypole    
Mitre    
Mouth    
Pageant    
Peel    
Pinn[ace?]    
Plow Golden Plow   
Portcullis    
Pump    
Purse    
Rainbow    
Roles    
Rose   Five Roses 
Sheaf    
Shears    
Ship    
[Shovel]    Crossed Shovels
Spur    
Star   Seven Stars 
Still Golden Still   
Sugar Loaf   Two Sugar Loaves
Sugar Loaves
 
Sun    
Tankard    
Temple    
[Tobacco Pipe]   Three Tobacco Pipes
 
[Tobacco Roll]   Two Tobacco Rolls
Three Tobacco Rolls
 
Tree   Three Elms
 
Trumpet    
Tun   Three Tuns 
Turnstile    
Vine    
Whale Bone    
Windmill Golden Windmill   
Woolsack    


Patterns Including: a Generic Description of a Person
Person:Number +
Person:
Person +
"Head":
Black BoyBlack Boys 
Black Friar  
Blackmoor's Blackmoor's Head
[Brewer]Two Brewers 
[Cook]Two Cooks 
Dairymaid  
[Drayman]Two Draymen 
Gray Friar  
King King's Head
[Maiden] Maiden's Head
[Mariner]Three Mariners 
Naked Boy  
[Nun]Three Nuns 
[Poet] Poet's Head
New Virginian  
[Queen]Three QueensQueen's Head
[Saracen] Saracen's Head
Soldier  
Sultaness  
Tallow Chandler  
 
Patterns Including: the name of a Specific Person
Specific Person:Person + "Head":
(Specific Person)
Black Prince 
Cardinal Wolsey 
Guy of Warwick 
Morat 
[Palgrave]Palgrave's Head
[Prince Rupert]Prince Rupert's Head
Roxelana 
Sir Thomas Gresham 
Sulieman 
Tarlton 
Will Somers 
 

 
Patterns Including: References to Religious Stories
Adam and Eve
Devil and [Saint] Dunstan's
Garden
Lion and Lamb
Saint Alban
Saint Christopher
Saint Clement
[Saint] George
Saint John / Saint John's Head
Saint Paul's Head
Saint Peter and Saint Paul
Salutation
Saul
Samson
 
Patterns Including: References to Classical Mythology
Fleece
Flying Horse
Hercules
Hercules' Pillars
Mermaid

Patterns Including: Other Familiar References
Bird in Hand
Fortune
Green Man
Have At It
Labor in Vain

 

 
Patterns Including: Two Unrelated Animals or Items
Bell and Black Horse
Bell and Three Cranes
Bull and Mouth
Cock and Bull
Cock and Horses
Dagger and Magpie
Eagle and Child
Green Man and Ball
Green Man and Still
Hammer and Crown
Hand and Holly Bush
Heart and Ball
Horns and Horseshoe
Leg and Star
Lion and Ball
Lion and Key
Mitre and Rose
Son and Moor's Head
Sun and Red Cross
Swan and Bridge
Swan and Sugar [Loaf?]
Sword and Ball
Three Sugar Loaves Turnstile
Tobacco Roll and Hoop
Wheat Sheaf and Sugar Loaf
 
Patterns Including: Two Related Animals or Items
Anchor and Mariner
Bear and Ragged Staff
Coach and Horses
Dog and Bear
Dog and Duck
Dog's Head in Pot
Ewe and Lamb
Fox and Goose
Hen and Chickens
Man in the Moon
Rose and Crown
Shepherd and Dog
Sword and Buckler
 

 
Patterns Including: the name of a Specific Location
Antwerp
Camden House
City of Norwich
Jersey Castle
Jerusalem
[Royal] Exchange
York City

Patterns Including: the name of a Guild or Other Organization + "Arms"
Butchers' Arms
Cooks' Arms
Coopers' Arms
Dyers' Arms
Glovers' Arms
Prince's Arms
Watermens' Arms

 
Names that do not fit into one of these specific patterns
Bacon Shop
Bodice Maker
Cellar
Coffee House
Old Coffee House
West Country Coffee House
The Colt's ...
Green Lattice
Man at the Wood
Next Boat
Old Bunch [of Grapes]
Old Prison
Royal Oak
Speaker Frigate
Sparrows' Nest
Three Crowned Needles
Whitington's Cat
Wiltshire Shepherd
World's End


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