1) A frame set over a tomb, designed to carry numerous candles or tapers and usually of metal.

1393 I wyte to Richard my brother ... the blak herce with the Ewangele and iiij torchese of grene wyth the Judase, York

1436 sine aliquali serie candelarum, Anglice herce, Riccall

1485 I will that there be byrnyng on herse v serges, ilkoone of a pownde of wax, Ripon

1547 I will haue a serge of waxe sett opon the herse ouer me the spaice of one yere, Saxton.

dates 1393 1436 1485 1547

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