Artifacts

PLEASE SEE ARTICLE IN COUNTRY AND ABROAD MAGAZINE- UNDER THE POSTINGS AND PRESS HEADING......

BEHIND THE BAR IS AN INDIAN SCOUT MOTORCYCLE FROM 1920 - THIS WAS THE FIRST YEAR OF PRODUCTION FOR THE BIKE THAT EVENTUALLY EVOLVED INTO THE CHIEF - WITH REVOLUTIONARY ENGINEERING - THIS BIKE WAS FAR AHEAD OF ITS TIME - IT BECAME THE OBSESSION OF BURT MUNROE WHO EVENTUALLY BROKE THE LAND SPEED RECORD AT 200 MPH - AFTER MUCH TINKERING

Artifacts

16TH CENTURY TAVERN TABLE - IN CONTINUOUS USE FOR OVER 400 YEARS, FROM A ROYAL CASTLE - I bet a lot of good ale, victuals, and lively chatter have been absorbed by that oak
1840 PUB SIGN - from the original White Horse pub - Mayfair, London, well ingrained with Victorian fog
DOCUMENT WITH ORIGINAL SEAL SIGNED BY WILLIAM CLOPTON THE XXI DAY OF JANUARY IN THE 41ST YEAR OF THE REIGN OF OUR SOVREIGN LADY ELIZABETH BY THE GRACE OF GOD OF ENGLAND FRANCE AND IRELAND QUEEN DEFENDER OF THE FAITH 1599 - from one of the noblest families in the land, he had a politically arranged marriage to his cousin Anne in 1586 (he was 12 and she 9) eventually inherited all estates, lived in Stratford upon Avon, where in 1597, he rented the house next to him, called new place to his good friend William Shakespeare, who subsequently purchased it in 1599. Records indicate this was the second biggest house in town, Clopton retaining the biggest. Must have had great dinner conversations when his friends came over. Shakespeare it is said based the character of Ophelia from Hamlet, after a Clopton personal incident also Juliet was similarly inspired by the very colorful Clopton family..
ELIZABETHAN CHEST - geometric shapes fashionable on furniture through the sixteenth century - old hard oak with ancient worm holes - I can only imagine the changing fashions and items those drawers have seen for over 400 years, and now it is a time to hold your menus ..
1597 MANUSCRIPT WITH THE GREAT SEAL OF QUEEN ELIZABETH 1 - One of only a handful in existence, as carved by Nicholas Hilliard, and used exclusively by the Queen on matters of great importance.- scholarship rights had to be granted to the British Museum - Her Majestys Goverment did insist after all - perhaps the scholars can enjoy a pint of old speckled hen and a signature burger, whilst at their studies.
1675 FIRST ENGLISH NEWSPAPER - The London Gazette, bringing news from around Europe, speaking of Armarda's and Men of War Galleons, of Banquets attended by persons of quality and the first advert, which was a lost and found for a little dog !
1827 GLASS WINE FLAGON - in original basket
16thc. - ORNATE CARVED FINIAL BRACKETS - either side of the front door came from a Royal four poster bed
1592 - PAIR OF ROYAL COURT CHEST PANELS - from an enormous chest discovered in an Elizabethan Stately Home etched with dates 15 & 92
1480 circa - OAK PANEL CARVED FIGURE - mounted above Elizabethan Chest
FENDER GUITAR SIGNED BY MICK, KEITH, RON AND CHARLIE OF THE ROLLING STONES - original triptych by Henry Dilz 1978 and 1979 Paris Concert Tickets.
HORSE BRASSES - Used since medieval times and even mentioned by Chaucer, some of these are up to 200 years old. They were used to decorate the bridles and harnesses of the Shire Horses. With designs both personal and also symbolic of the villages or counties. Similar to customizing or decorating a truck today, in fact as trucks started to replace these beautiful and massive shire horses, the decorative brasses were often placed on the beams, in the village pub. A tradition that continues...

1250 - LAND GRANT with running Dog Seal - KNIGHT'S HORSE PENDANT - TWO SILVER 1250 TREASURE COINS

1250 - LAND GRANT  with running Dog Seal - KNIGHT'S HORSE PENDANT - TWO SILVER 1250 TREASURE COINS
1250 Land grant from John Ingeram to his son & heir John. With his Wax Seal, intact, of a Running Dog. Written in Latin, this unique piece was possibly created, prior to his departure for the Crusades. 400 years later Ingerams’ ancestors were the first to settle Virginia in the New World.

12th.c. Extremely rare Medieval Knight’s Horse Harness pendant of Thomas Becket.
King Henry 111 - 1250 - Two Silver Long Cross coins - discovered in a treasure chest in 1908 Belgium - part of a trove of silver coins worth a Kings Ransom - possibly to be used for political bribes by Richard of Cornwall, King Henrys’ younger brother, in his bid to be elected Holy Roman Emperor - he was successful, even though the treasure never reached its destination, as Brussels was in the midst of a civil uproar and it became too dangerous to travel any further with these millions, the treasure chest was secretly buried under a cistern in a tavern, until an accidental discovery almost 700 years later.

1793 Illustration of the 1216 Coronation of King Henry 111 (by Strutt)

CHARLES DICKENS

CHARLES DICKENS
- CHARLES DICKENS - PURCHASE OF 160 BOTTLES OF 1834 PORT -

Check Drawn on Coutts Bank - 6 March 1865 -
for 142 pounds 18 shillings & 10 pence
Made out to John Humphrey (The Lord Mayor of London)

In a letter "Your brother Mr. William Humphrey has informed me that you will be so very kind as to bid for me at the sale of wine tomorrow.... 'I shall be very glad to lay out from 100 to 150 pounds on the '34 Port taking the smaller range if it should go at very high prices and the larger if it should go at eight or nine guineas per dozen.'

WINSTON CHURCHILL

WINSTON CHURCHILL
Signed Photograph as sent by his daughter, the actress Sarah Beauchamp in 1954 to her US Immigration officer
1488 - CASTLE LAND DEED FROM NORTHERN FRANCE
- THE PART THAT ENGLAND ONCE OCCUPIED, WRITTEN IN OLD FRENCH ON PARCHMENT -No longer valid,I think ?>

MARTHA WASHINGTON - SWATCH OF HER WEDDING DRESS

Swatch of Martha Washington's Wedding Dress from her marriage to Colonel George Washington January 6th.1759. This fragment is of a Rich Gold Brocade material and is attached to a letter written by George L. Upshur, her Great Great Great Grandson in 1915 to his girlfriend, proposing marriage - She said yes and carefully preserved this important artifact. - Upshur's Mother was the Grandneice of George Washington Parke Custis - The Grandson of Martha Washington - through her first marriage to Daniel Parke Custis - from the note by Upshur "Mrs Washington's attire on the occasion of her wedding to General Washington was overdress of yellow brocade, silver bodice & silver petticoat trimmed with lace pearls & lilac slippers." The marriage took place in New Kent County, Virginia at the White House Plantation. A replica of the yellow brocade wedding dress is on display at Mt. Vernon.
MARTHA WASHINGTON - SWATCH OF HER WEDDING DRESS

SPANISH ARMADA DOCUMENT signed by ROBERT DUDLEY EARL OF LEICESTER 1588

SPANISH ARMADA DOCUMENT signed by ROBERT DUDLEY EARL OF LEICESTER 1588
Robert Dudley Earl of Leicester 24th July 1588
Captain General of all the armies and forces raised to resist
The Spanish Armada - signed at Tilbury - London

Favorite, companion and suitor to Queen Elizabeth 1, ordered to resist the Armada and protect England with his outnumbered forces at Tilbury - The Queen gave her legendary clarion call to the troops here - “My Loving People………I know I have the body of a weak and feeble woman, but I have the heart and stomach of a King, and a King of England too, and think foul scorn that Parma or Spain, or any Prince of Europe, should dare to invade the borders of my realm………”

This document appoints Sir Moyle Finch, the Queen’s Treasurer at Wars for the armies and forces under Leicester’s command, a Colonel of a regiment of foot, in English, signed by Lord Dudley and sealed with his armorial papered seal.

- Robert Earle of Leycester Baron of Denbighe: Lord great Steward of her
Majesties householde etc. And her highness Lieutenant and Captaine
Generall of all her Armyes and forces imployed aswell against all forrene
Enemyes & invasions as domesticall Traitors and Rebellions……
FORASMUCHAS yt hath pleased the Quenes Majesty (upon certaine
Intelligence of the great preparacons, that the Kinge and other Complices
and confederates of the league, hade made and of thapproches of their
forces, with intent to invade this her Realme of England) to appointe me her
Highness Lieutenant generall of all her Armyes and forces leavyed and
imployed for the defence of her Royall person and defence of her people and
Contrey against all attemptes of forreine Ennemyes………-
AN UNUSUAL PAMPHLET FROM PARLIAMENT 1649
- Lord Fairfax, as commander of the army, declaring loyalty to parliament, just after King Charles I was deposed, during the climax of the civil war. This broadside would have been placed in town squares and important taverns for all to read.

QUEEN ELIZABETH I - LETTER PATENT - MARCH 1562

QUEEN ELIZABETH I -  LETTER PATENT - MARCH 1562
Elizabeth 1 Queen of England Westminster 22 March 1562
Letter portrait of Queen Elizabeth 1 executed in pen and ink
within the initial E of a Royal Letters Patent Decree,
depicting the Queen in flowing robes, bearing the insignia
of State and seated against a stylized background beneath
a canopy with a baldachin captioned ’Vivat Regina’, the
document being a grant of the manor of Holderness, the
manor of Crestingham, a messuage called Holland in the
possession of the monastery of Bury St. Edmunds in Suffolk.
With appurtenances, to Robert Thorpe and Francis Boldero,
written in Latin in a handsome Chancery hand, engrossed
historiated majuscules and adorned with calligraphic heraldic
beasts and emblems, endorsement Westminster 22 March 1562.

CELTIC BRONZE RING

CELTIC BRONZE RING
over 2200 years old - used as both status and wealth.