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Object ID 2009.2086.55
Title Documents regarding Chevy Chase Coat of Arms
Object Name Letter
Date 2/12/1982
Creator Roy A. Burke
Description Documents regarding Chevy Chase Coat of Arms

Letter from Roy A. Burke, Village Manager to Mary Anne Tuohey, President of the Chevy Chase Historical Society:

February 12, 1982
Dear Mrs. Tuohey,

Enclosed please find a copy of the proposed "Coat of Arms" for Chevy Chase Village which was drafted, designed and authenticated by Mrs. Jarvis, and Mr. Humphrey.

Since Mrs. Jarvis has indicated pleasure in seeing the Village adopt this "Coat of Arms" which would be displayed as an arm patch for police uniforms, and emblems on Village vehicles, I am requesting your views and position relative to this matter before I made my recommendation to the Board.

Roy A. Burke

The upper portion of the Coat of Arms depict the top portion of the Great Seal of Maryland. This consists of portions of the Calvert and Crossland Arms.

The Black-eyed Susan flowers - Maryland's State Flower - are depicted on the Border below Chevy Chase.

The lower portion of the Coat of Arms depicts the Coat of Arms of the Montgomery family and denotes loyalty, truth, military courage and prowess - all virtues required of a knight serving a king. Fleurs-de-lis in the lower right corner are reminders of the French ancestry of the Montgomery family. The rings with the blue stones proclaim royal faovr and protection. The three leaf clover in the center border of the shield represents Hope, Joy and Victory.

The center portion of the Coat of Arms represents two fo the main references to "Chevauchee" in older times (since passed on to Chevy Chase). This is the red blooded arrow which killed English Lord Percy on the Cheviot Hill of Scottish Earl Douglas in 1308 and the Scottish thistle.

The crown at the top of the Coat of Arms represents the governing body of Chevy Chase Village - seven managers and the Chevy Chase Village flag waves above all.

See 2009.2086.56 for image of Police arm patch

Memo to Board Members, Chevy Chase Village Coat of Arms [from Office of Chevy Chase Village]

Attached herewith is a color photo and a description of the Coat of Arms. This was presented at a Board Meeting under date of 5 August 1974 and the minutes state:


Village Coat of Arms: Mr. Humphrey presented a proposed Coat of Arms developed by himself, Mrs. Edith Jarvis and Mr. Humphrey's young next door neighbor together with a written text describing the design. The Board expressed its appreciation to those concerned and voted $25.00 for the young artist who designed the Coat of Arms. The Board also authorized Mr. Humphrey to look into having it made into insignia for the polic cars and patches for the officers uniforms.

Later investigation showed that if we considered purchasing a flag, two dozen car decals and some 150 shoulder patches for the police - at that time this was the minimum quanitity - this would run some $800 or so. In view of the fact that at that time we were operating on a very close budget, it was decided to postpone the purchase of the equipment until a later date.

Now with the coming release of the Welcome Booklet, the possible use of this Coat of Arms on the cover has been questioned as the minutes do not specifically state that the Coat of Arms was approved, although several members of that Board were under the impression that it had been.

Since then new sources have been located and current costs are being obtained. However, it seems useless to go to this trouble if the insignia is not Board approved. Therefore a decision is requested at the 13 February meeting.

Sketch of Montgomery County Family Coat of Arms [2009.2086.55a]


(Use on police cars of Montgomery County, Maryland in tribute to Richard Montgomery, revolutionary general, for whom the county was named in 1776).

Tne four quarters of the shield denote loyalty, truth, military courage and prowess - all virtues required of a knight serving a king. Fleurs de lis in two of the quarters are reminders of the French ancestry of the Montgomery family. The rings with blue stones proclaim royal favor and protection. The crossed tilting spear and sword in the center depict a St. Andrew's cross. The three leaved clovers in the border represent hope, joy and victory (some heral-dic experts think these may be shamrocks indicative of Richard Montgomery's native Donegal, Ireland)The hand at top left in the border of the shield designates the rank of baronet.

"The Hand of Neill" comes from an early legend in which an Englishman named Neill is supposed to have cut off his own hand and thrown it ashore on the coast of Northern Ireland in order to become king in accord with the compact of the expeditionary force that the first flesh to touch land would mark the new ruler. The hand is still used as the insignia of a baron.

The red cap trimmed with ermine above the shield is the "cap of maintenance" carried before a sovereign at his coronation. The broken tilting spear at the top is probably an award to an early member of the Montgomery family for defeating an enemy.

The Coat of Arms as used on the official Montgomery County flag was originally approved by the county Commissioners in 1936 and by the Maryland State Legislature in 1937.