Hank: Hanks of cotton, of silk, and of bowstrings are found in heraldry. The cotton-hank is the most frequent, and it occurs in the arms of very many families of the name of COTTON.
An example of hanks of silk will be found under that term, and one of bowstrings is given below. The position of the hank is usually upright, as shewn in the margin.
Azure, a chevron between three hanks of cotton erect argent--Hugh COTTON, co. Stafford.
Azure, three cotton-hanks argent--COTTON, Combermere.
Argent, three bars sable, over all as many cotton-hanks or--COTTON.
Barry of six argent and sable, three cotton-hanks or--HAYWOOD.
Azure, on a fesse argent between a bee-hive, surrounded by bees volant in chief, and in base a mill-wheel or, a hank of cotton of the field between two roses gules barbed and seeded proper--CALRON, co. Lancaster.
Azure, a hank or knot of bowstrings in pale or; on a chief argent three bows--LONG BOWSTRING MAKERS' Company, London.