Carved blank shield

Carved blank shield

Carved oak shield encircled with a cord, from the newel post of the staircase from Morlaix, Brittany, France, about 1522–30.
There are two blank shields carved into the newel post, that may once have borne the family's coat of arms. It has also been argued that the shields were deliberately left blank to indicate that the noble rights and privileges of the owners were suspended during their commercial activities, but that the family still retained its noble status.
Museum no. A.8.1909