Shield plaque, Berwickshire coat of arms

Production date
Circa 1980s
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Production date
Circa 1980s
Wooden shield wall plaque with a coloured enamel shield on recto centre. The shield is that of Berwickshire in the UK. There is a gold rolled banner underneath the enamel shield but on top of the stained wooden plaque stating "BERWICKSHIRE" in black hand-painted script.

Berwick-upon-Tweed on the border between England and Scotland is the namesake for the town of Berwick, VIC. A sister city relationship was established between the two cities when Berwick was its own council (now part of the City of Casey). Gifts such as this plaque were regularly swapped between the two municipalities as signs of friendship and it is likely the source of this plaque in the collection.

Berwickshire was a historical county in the UK and as of 1996 is governed by the Scottish Borders Council. The town of Berwick-upon-Tweed still falls on the English side. Both the town and the former county held the canting coat of arms featured on this plaque. A bear is chained to a wych elm tree, hence creating a visual nuance towards the town name: bear + wych = Berwick.
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Media/Materials description
wood, enamel
17.7 x 14.8 x 2.5 cm
Signature & date
Embossed in metal hanging device on verso "MADE IN/ GREAT BRITAIN".
Photography credit (first image)
Photograph: Viki Petherbridge
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Part of 2 highlight sets