The “cross patonce” was sometimes called a “cross griffee-de-loup” (wolf-clawed) in medieval blazons; Victorian heraldic writers sometimes misblazoned it a “cross formy fitchy at all points” (cf. the discussion of the cross fitchy). As with the cross formy, the arms of the cross patonce may converge to a point, at the artist’s discretion. It is one of the oldest cross variants, found in the arms of the Counts of Aumale c.1244 [Asp2 216]. The cross patonce is negligibly different from the cross flory.
Arval Benicoeur bears: Per saltire Or and sable, a cross patonce counterchanged.
Elwyn Tenways bears: Per pale Or and gules, three crosses patonce counterchanged.
John de Rokyngham bears: Party of six argent and gules, three crosses patonce gules.