The charge alludes to
the victory of Ywain's ravens over Arthur's squires in the "Dream of
Rhonabwy" from the Mabinogion. It also represents the truce between
Ywain and Arthur which followed that victory as well as their
subsequent collective decision to accept a truce with the Saxons.
The raven is on a
mount Vert because the armiger lives in Vermont (from the French
The crest is partly a cant on the armiger’s surname (the gauntlet as
a mitten) but with the lances Gules it has developed into something
a bit more meaningful to the charge and motto. The gauntlet is
sinister because the armiger is left-handed, and also represents a
"sinister" force, bearing lances Gules (a weapon tinctured to
indicate blood, pain, anger, etc.).
The raven has already
broken one weapon and stands defiantly against the others that may
come. This is alluded to by the motto, which is a phrase repeated by
Arthur in Rhonabwy.