Thanks to Karen Repko I now have descriptions of coats of arms of Alchorne families in Sussex and Kent. From the Herald's Visitation of Sussex 1530 the arms of John Alchorne of Benchley are described as
Arms: Argent, a buck's head cabossed sable, a chief indented of the second, a crescent for difference.
Crest: A human heart gules, crowned or, between a pair of wings sable.
A silver shield as background on which sppears a black deer head, front on, with antlers [horns], with a black band [chief] across the top of the shield marked by a zigzag lower edge. The addition of a black crescent in the centre of the shield shows this branch of the family to be descended from a second son of the main stem.
The crest is a red heart topped with a gold crown between a pair of black wings.
This coat of arms is of the type called 'canting arms', in which the object on the shield describes the name or part of it. In this case, the 'horne' in Alchorne is represented by the deer head with horns.
If the Alcorn name is derived from Al[l]chorn[e] the horns on the coat of arms would have lost their meaning once the 'h' was dropped from the spelling.
Belinda in Australia
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