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Posted by Dick Hosmer on Tuesday, 25 June 2013, at 12:05 p.m., in response to Re: M1884, posted by Ernie Brandt on Tuesday, 25 June 2013, at 11:55 a.m.
I believe you will find that the source of the French word "cartouche" are found in Egyptology. The hieroglyph for the Pharaoh's name is a lozenge containing several symbols, separate from the balance of the inscription.
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