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State : Pennsylvania

Seal (crest) of Philadelphia


Azure a fess or between a plow in chief and a ship under full sail in base proper.
Crest: A right arm, nude, embowed, couped at the shoulder holding a pair of scales.
Supporters: Dexter, a female figure standing full face, habited white and purple, crowned with an olive wreath, and in her right hand an open scroll charged with an anchor; sinister, a similar female figure, habited white and blue, in her left hand a cornucopia.
Motto: Philadelphia maneto


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In the eighteenth century Philadelphia used the arms below:

Seal (crest) of Philadelphia

The tinctures are uncertain and the hatching used in documents may merely have been shading. On a print of 1762 the lines show the fields as follows: (1) azure, (2) vert, (3) argent and (4) gules.

The ship was carried over into the new coat of arms and the device of the scales in the old arms became the crest in the new ones.

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