With its thick relief elements, this small cast iron wall plaque depicts the coat of arms of Paris beneath a plumed great helm. Dating to the 1900s, the plaque has a deep brown finish with some areas containing orange oxidation. The knight helmet is positioned in a three-quarter left profile, with flanking foliate branches that originate from behind a late 14th-century-style shield. The raised shield is emblazoned with a stylized version of the Paris coat of arms, with a three-mast ship on rough seas beneath a seme field of fleur de lys with margent tails. A partial ring of elevated roundels borders the bottom of the shield, which terminates in a fluted noix. Our cast iron wall plaque is well done, with considerable depth, making it a great piece of decorative wall art for any room of the house.
CONDITION: Very good condition with fleabites and minor rubs. Light oxidation, commensurate with age and possible exposure to the elements. Bracket in the back for hanging purposes.