In black ink, this bookplate consists of an escutcheon, argent (silver), containing a chevron, gules (red). On the chevron are three roundlets, argent. The escutcheon is bordered by mantling, and crested by a dexter cubit arm holding a sword. Impaled on the sword is a boar's head. The boar's head is said to represent unflinching courage and fierceness on the battlefield. In Irish literature, it was symbolic of aggression and savegery, and symbolized the Devil.
This bookplate possibly belongs to Frank Marx Etting; member of a Jewish American family, prominent in national and civic affairs, whose history is associated with the states of Maryland and Pennsylvania, particularly the cities of Baltimore and Philadelphia. Frank Marx Etting was an American army officer. He was born Dec. 17, 1833 and died in Philadelphia June 4, 1890. He was the son of Henry Etting. After studying for the legal profession he stepped to the bar in Philadelphia Oct. 10, 1857. Abandoning law some years later, he entered the army, and was appointed paymaster, with the rank of major, in 1861. He continued in this office throughout the Civil war, and became chief paymaster to the forces (1864-67). On the expiration of his term of office he was brevetted lieutenant-colonel (of Volunteers, March 13, 1865; of Regulars, 1868). In 1868 he was appointed to the staff of Gen. Irwin McDowell as chief paymaster for disbursing the Reconstruction Fund. At the opening of the Centennial Exposition in 1876 Etting was elected chief historian of the Department of the Exposition. He was the author of a "History of Independence Hall" and at one time during his public career served as director of public schools. For more information on the Thomas Murray Collection, see: http://www.library.ubc.ca/spcoll/murray/default.html