A George IV gold and carnelian armorial seal for COFFIN and HARRINGTON
YEAR OF MANUFACTURE: 1825
WEIGHT: 0.56 troy ounces (0.62 ounces or 17.50 grams)
STOCK CODE: H0014051581
a gold and carnelian fob seal set with a rectangular carnelian seal engraved with a coat of arms, crest and motto "Extant Recte Factis Præmia" [The rewards of good deeds endure] in plain reeded gold fob mount with pendant loop
Height: 32mm / 1 1/4 inches
Seal approx: 23 x 20mm / 7/8 x 3/4 inch
(on the dexter) Azure semy of cross crosslets or two batons in saltire encircled with laurel branches gold between three plates (for Coffin)
(on the sinister) Sable a fret argent (for Harrington)
Crest: On the stern of a ship or a pigeon wings endorsed argent in the beak a sprig of laurel vert (for Coffin)
Motto: Extant recte factis præmia [The rewards of good deeds endure] (for Coffin)
Arms of Coffin impaling Harrington for Lieutenant General Sir Isaac Campbell Coffin, KCSI (1801-1872) and his first wife, Marianne Harrington (died 1864). Isaac was the only son of Admiral Francis Holmes Coffin and his wife, Rebecca Huddlestone Mawby; whilst Marianne was the daughter of Captain Thomas Harrington.
The Coffin family is said to have been seated at Portledge in the County of Devon from the time of the Norman Conquest and Isaac’s family is said to have descended from a branch of these Portledge Coffins. The family is now believed to be extinct in the direct male in England, although it is represented by the family of Pine-Coffin, also of Portledge through an entail.
Isaac was a career soldier, firstly in the service of the Honourable East India Company from 1818. He arrived in India on the 12th January 1819. Two years later, he was posted in the rank of Lieutenant to the 21st Madras Pioneers. Later in 1824, he served as adjutant to the 12th Madras Native Infantry and subsequently took part in the First Anglo-Burmese War. His military career prospered, whilst serving with the 12th Madras Native Infantry he filled the roles of Quartermaster, Interpreter and Paymaster to the regiment. On the 26th July 1828, he was promoted to the rank of Captain.
Further posts and promotions followed seeing Isaac appointed Paymaster to the Nagpur Subsidiary force on the 30th June 1829, and later as Paymaster in Mysore on the 7th January 1834. He was promoted to the rank of Major on the 24th July 1840, and then to Lieutenant Colonel on the 15th September 1845, being appointed to the 3rd (Palamcottah) Regiment of the Madras Native Light Infantry on the 7th October 1845.
He was eventually promoted to the rank of Colonel on the 20th June 1854, taking command of the Hyderabad Subsidiary Force from the 6th November 1855 and commanding them with the rank of Brigadier during the Indian Mutiny. Isaac was promoted to the rank of Major General on the 29th May 1857 after the mutiny had been put down. He took command of a division of the Madras Army from the 28th March 1859 to the 28th March 1864, and was finally promoted to the rank of Lieutenant General on the 18th July 1869.
He was appointed a Knight Commander of the Most Exalted Order of the Star of India (KCSI) on the 24th May 1866.
Among Isaac and Marianne Coffin's children was was Major General Clifford Coffin, VC, CB, DSO (born 10th February 1870 died 4th February 1959) who won his Victoria Cross at Westhoek, Belgium on the 31st July 1917.
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