Chartered Bank of India, Australia and China
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CHARTERED BANK OF INDIA, AUSTRALIA AND CHINA (1860-1969)
Arms: Quarterly indented gules and vert, in the first quarter a representation of Britannia, in the second in front of a palm tree an elephant statant, in the third a fleece, and in the fourth a Chinese junk in full sail Or.
Crest: On a wreath of the colours, Upon a Doric column couped proper a terrestrial globe Or.
Supporters: On the dexter a lion and on the sinister a griffin proper, each charged on the shoulder with and resting the hind paw upon a bezant.
Motto: Partes per eoas (original: Per mundum orientalem).
The arms were officially granted on ?
The Britannia in the first quarter represents the fact that it’s a British bank, with HQ in London; the second quarter shows an Indian elephant, the third a fleece representing the sheep’s wool industry of Australia, and the fourth a Chinese junk. All 3 countries in the bank’s title are thus represented. The boat also symbolises the sea trade which Standard Chartered financed as its core business.
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