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CROSS. contracts. A mark made by persons who are unable to write, instead of their names.
     2. When properly attested, and proved to have been made by the party whose name is written with the mark, it is generally admitted as evidence of the party's signature.

A Law Dictionary, Adapted to the Constitution and Laws of the United States. By John Bouvier. Published 1856.
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Which 18th century porcelain factory used a pair of crossed swords as a trademark?
Gareth Malone - see Question 9 pair of crossed swords as a trademark?
And the Fleet Street man and former Birmingham Mail hack says: "You can be sure that I will give some revealing insights not just into 'Thrasher' Mitchell but also into one or two other Ministers who I have crossed swords with in the past."
But a back-to-form Rip Van Winkle would be the best horse he's crossed swords with, and his draw - widest of all - isn't ideal.
QUIZ CHALLENGE: 1 A pair of crossed swords; 2 Macbeth; 3 Salisbury; 4 Ted Rogers; 5 The butterfly.
I'M a Catholic and John Marchant a Protestant and we have on occasion crossed swords in these columns.
The creators of Roma Victor, an online community which meets and interacts in a 3D simulation of ancient Roman life, crossed swords at the Northumberland museum.
Single mother Lea, 35, clashed with Nikki after she voted for her to leave, and software developer Mikey, 22, also crossed swords with Richard, 33.
William famously crossed swords with the Earl when his uncle Edward's TV production company broke a media agreement and filmed him at university in St Andrews.
Sparks flew when he crossed swords with Dervla Kirwan's ambitious Crown Prosecutor Claire Maxwell.
Sean Connery also revealed this week that he'd personally crossed swords with Blair on the possibility of Devolution proving a first step to Scottish independence.

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