ATTIRE Of A Deer. Of a stag, if perfect, is called the burr: the pearls (the little knobs on it), the beam ; the gutters, the antler; the fur-antler royal, fur-royal; and all at top, the croches. Of A Buck ; the burr, the beam; the brow-antler, the fur-antler; the advancer, palm, and spellers.
If croches grow in the form of a man's hand, it is then called a palmed head. Heads bearing not above three or four, the croches being placed aloft, all of one height, are called crowned heads; heads having doubling croches, are called forked heads; because the croches are planted on the top of the beam, like forks.
If you are asked what a stag bears, you are only to reckon the croches he bears, and never to express an odd number: as, if he hath four croches on his near horn, and five on his far, you must say he bears ten, a false right on his near horn (for all that the beam bears are called rights): but if four on the near horn, you may say he bears twelve, a double false right on the near horn: for you must not only make the number even, but also the horns even with that distinction.
Harewood, Harry. A Dictionary of Sports. London: T. Tegg and son, 1835.
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