Cross Pomelly


§29. Cross pomel, or pommelly(fr. bourdonnée). A plain cross terminating in four round pomels, e.g. like the knob at the end of swordhilts, or in bourdons, that is, the knobs at the top of the pilgrims' staves. But there is much confusion arising from carelessness is writing the name in different ways. We find pomy, and very frequently pometty(fr. pommettée), and some heralds contend that the latter means something different, i.e. that there are two knobs terminating the arms of the cross; others say that it means a cross with a circular protuberance in the middle of each arm(like the escarbuncle). Again, in some French blazoning, the term pomettée signifies having knobs at several angles, as in the case of the Cross of Toulouse, given under cleche.

Argent, a cross pomel sable--WASSELEY, or WASTERLEY.

Argent, a bend between two cotises gules and six crosses pomelly fitchy sable--BOUDENELL.

Or, on a pale gules a cross pomy fitchy argent, on a chief azure three bezants--WRIGHT, London.

Argent, a fesse dancetty between three crosses pomel fitchy gules--SANDES, Bucks.

Gules, a fesse checquy or and sable between six crosses pomel argent--KYNYSMAN.

Gules, a cross pometty voided or--BRAUNSTON.

D'azure, à la crois d'argent, le pied bourdonné ou pommetté et fiché du même; aux cantons quatre étoiles d'or--BAZAS, Guyenne.

The French term Moussue, moussé, or émoussé, appears to mean a cross with the ends simply rounded at the extremities, from an obsolete word equivalent to blunted, and is given in some heraldic works, but without examples.

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