Futiere defines escarbuncles thus: “some call them royal scepters positioned in saltire, pale, and fess, joined and studded with gold.” (trans. from French) It was a buckle set with precious stones, by which the belt or sash were fastened, and was the ensign of Anjou.

– From Inquiries into the Origin and Progress of the Science of Heraldry in England by James Dallaway, p461 (1793)

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