Washington Coat of Arms

Dedication:     To the memory of Mary Ball Washington, Mother of George Washington, by the Daughters of the American Revolution

Maker/Date:  Colgate Art Glass Co., New York, 1907

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Description: The design of the Washington Coat of Arms (three red stars over two horizontal red bars on a white field) is often said to have inspired the Stars and Stripes flag and has been used since 1938 as the coat of arms and flag of the District of Columbia. It is also found on the Purple Heart. The shield is topped with a crown and bird. The phrase “Exitus Acta Probat” is Latin for “the result validates the deeds” or, more accurately, “the ends justify the means.”