Tuesday, June 28, 2011

A Troynovant Rebus


A Troynovant Rebus

Which narrow Street in old London town does this represent?

The first person to get this right wins a Kiss (although not necessarily from me!) and a Blessing.

To those who don't know, a rebus is an allusional device that uses pictures to represent words or parts of words. It was a favourite form of heraldic expression used in the Middle Ages to denote surnames, or, in this case, a place name. The composition alludes to the name, profession or personal characteristics of the bearer or location, and speaks to the beholder Non verbis, sed rebus, which Latin expression signifies "not by words but by things".

I would very much like a chapeau like that. Far & Few in South Kensington had something like it.

4 comments:

ElizT said...

Featherstone Court?

Paul Bommer said...

Sadly not, but a good image that.
Its Hatton Wall (hat on wall) in Clerkenwell, the diamond traders district.

Scott Garrett said...

You never gave me a chance! snot fair.
... and it wasn't your normal tricksy self either.

Paul Bommer said...

hahaha. Next time Scott, next time..