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The Coat of Arms of the Deskur Family

The coat of arms of the Deskur family is an armorial bearing in its own right. That is, this family crest is not shared by any other family or group of families which is common among other families of the Polish nobility.  Its title is "Góra Złotoskalista", which could be translated as "Mount Goldstone".  Although this coat of arms is originally French, the Polish version was accorded to the family in 1766 along with the Indygenat (recognition of foreign titles of nobility as Polish titles).  The only significant Polish modifications to the French crest is the addition of the six-pointed star above the birds as well as using "jackdaw ravens with white spots" instead of the original "merlettes de sables" (heraldic black birds). The exact meaning of this star's addition to the coat of arms is unknown to us but it could be a marian star or a heraldic "mullet" or both. A mullet was a so called "cadency mark" sometimes added to the coat of arms of a third son to distinguish his armorial from those of his brothers, the "crescent" being for a second son a "label" being for the first son. Joachim Jean-Pierre was indeed the third son of his father Jean-Pierre.  The use of ravens instead of the heraldic blackbirds is presumably to polonize the armorial as ravens are indigenous to Poland and rather ubiquitous. The image below of the coat of arms comes from the original Indygenat and is therefore the most authoritative version. 

Coat of Arms of the Deskur family from the Indygenat 1766

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Other versions

Crest from a book of heraldry   Crest on the monument to Felix Deskur in Piaseczno 1808

 

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