E. Cobham Brewer 18101897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
a public-house sign, is in honour of Queen Mary, whose badge it was. She put it on the dexter side of the shield, and the sun on the sinistera conjugal compliment which gave great offence to her subjects.
The Golden Eagle and the Spread Eagle are commemorative of the crusades; they were the devices of the emperors of the East.