It was emblazoned with the arms of the lords of Orley, without a bend sinister.
All these families bear the arms described by your correspondent, but without the bend sinister.
That a market should be held upon the Sabbath in this city, is a "bend sinister" upon its escutcheon.
Now look at the bend sinister, that is yours; the bend dexter is for the elder brother.
Green is denoted by lines "in bend dexter," and purple by lines "in bend sinister."
Thus a bend proceeding from the top of the left side of the shield is called a bend sinister.
The bend sinister (Fig. 82), is very frequently stated to be the mark of illegitimacy.
Crest: a cornucopia fesswise, surmounted by a dexter hand couped proper, holding a key in bend sinister or.
The "barre sinistre" is merely the French translation of bend sinister, the French word "barre" meaning a bend.
To which I could only reply, "Madam, I have never yet discovered the bend sinister on our escutcheon."