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From: Roger Partridge <>
Subject: Re: [Ess] medal/ church pendant
Date: Sun, 15 Apr 2007 15:02:18 +0100
Hi, Anne, Pat & Listers !
I agree with Anne on virtually all that she has written, but I would
translate it into English as "Jesus the Saviour of Mankind" (that
is if my "altar-boy Latin" has not become too rusty !
The same three letters frequently appear on a Catholic priest's
vestments, e.g. on the back of the chasuble that the priest wears
About the only other possibility would be VERY High Church
Best Wishes, Roger.
On 15 Apr 2007, at 13:48, Anne Peat wrote:
> Hi Pat,
> IHS which you often find on crosses is short for Iesu Homine
> Salvator -
> Jesus the Saviour of the World.
> So yes, it is a Christian medal, probably Roman Catholic.
> On 15 Apr 2007, at 13:40, Pat Wade wrote:
>> Hello all,
>> I have just been to a small HARRINGTON family
>> reunion and was shown a pendant found in the drawn
>> of their grandmothers place. (Our Harringtons
>> started in Essex then immigrated to South
>> Australia - now over most of Australia)
>> Now this is sterling silver and it is a star with
>> eight large points and eight small points (inside
>> each large point). On the front there is a cross
>> with the initials IHS.
>> I suggest that IHS is "In His Service" (have seen
>> variations including probably something in latin -
>> have googled this) so am thinking it is maybe a
>> church/religious pendant rather than an army medal
>> - well maybe.
>> Does this sound familiar to anybody? Any guidance
>> on what this is from or represents would be
>> wonderful and could possibly help with our
>> research. This "pendant" also has initials on the
>> reverse side which we suspect is the initials of
>> the owner "EPH" but we could be wrong. At this
>> point the initials don't mean much to us. The
>> family where it was is HARRINGTON and HOBBS so the
>> H could be either.
>> Thank you
>> Pat Wade (Nee King)