sinister side, white; implying that the widow survives. In the hatchment of a deceased wife this order is reversed, and, instead of a crest, a cherub’s head is usually placed.
A widower’s hatchment is the same as a bachelor’s, except that his late wife’s arms are impaled with his own, while a bachelor’s is always single, or quatered. In the same manner, a widow’s is distinguished from a spinster’s.
A skull over the arms denotes that the deceased person is the last of the family.
In the hatchment of a bishop, the dexter side, or that on which the arms of his see are represented, is white; and the sinister, bearing his own, is black.
The family motto is seldom used on a hatchment; in its place is commonly inscribed some legend of a religious nature, such as, ‘Resurgam,’ ‘In cœlo quies,’ &c.
It is usual to represent the hatchments of esquires and gentlemen without a helmet; but the arms of nobles are always ensigned with their proper mantling and coronet.