> The funny thing is that the exact same shield with crossed
> plumes, crown, and crosses appears on the Mercier's seat tube decal, above a
> red white and blue french rooster. One heck of a coincidence, don't you
> think! Or is this some standard french cycling organization's crest?
> Any insights into the bar's brand/manufacturer from francophilic cyclists cum
> heraldry aficionados are appreciated.
> Ian Kersey
I think it is likely that this is the crest/herald for the city of Saint Etienne in France, where most of the bike industry was located. I have noticed it on more than one French make of bicycle and part.