Thanks to all of you who have been helping me unlock the clues of the Petit Point Heraldic mystery I mentioned last post. Since then, we have had many discussions about potential ideas for what images used within the embroidery might mean.
I took Rachel Wright's advice and wrote to the College of Arms in London. I had no idea that such an institution exists.
The officer in waiting, Clive Chessman, responded within a day, which is very impressive in itself.
I repeat it for you in full as it's quite interesting...
There seems to be a consensus that the embroidery is a decorative piece of some sort and I suspect it isn't too terribly old. As petit point goes, it's quite lovely and perhaps it was a souvenir kit brought back from a trip to England by someone or it was just a pretty kit with a tapestry feel to it as some of you have suggested.
When I get a few minutes, I plan to call the Antique Mall and see if I can track down the woman I bought it from. Perhaps she can shed some light on its prior owner.
Thanks again to all of you for helping. It's been a fun exercise.