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On 16-May-05 16:02:30
British Summer Time
the digital hammer fell on the auction of a Victorian Grant of Arms.
The auction, held on Ebay, was fiercely fought between just two bidders
who made a total of twelve bids; the hammer finally falling at
£220.00 to a bidder using the alias of "caputcygni". The Ebay
description was that of "A
Rare Grant of Arms Manuscript - Bayley of Sharston Hall" and the description given as:
From the reign of Queen Victoria, a rare
beautiful College of Arms manuscript document, granting the arms of
Bayley-Worthington to Gibbon Bayley of Sharston Hall, Northenden,
The full coat of arms is superbly painted in the
corner (photo) of the letters patent in colour and gold, along with
other arms at the top. The grant is signed and sealed by the Garter
Principal King of Arms and Norroy Kings of Arms with their seals
contained in gilt skippets attached by the original blue ribbons. It
appears to be parchment rather than vellum but I am no expert.
The whole is in remarkably good condition and
would make an
excellent addition for a collector of heraldry and heraldic items as
well as those with a family history or genealogical interest. The
document would also be superbly decorative in a frame and add a touch
of history to any room.
The reserve price is lower
would expect for a unique historical document.
What "caputcygni" bought was the "Letters Patent
granting licence to Gibbon Bayley of Sharston Hall in the parish of
Northenden in the county palatine of Chester, in compliance with the
Will of Thomas Worthington, to assume the surname of Worthington in
addition to and after that of Bayley, and to bear the arms of
Worthington as now exemplified, namely, Ermine, three tridents sable,
each handle encircled by a chaplet of roses proper, and for a crest, A
goat passant argent semee of estoiles sable, in the mouth a sprig of
laurel proper; witnessed, signed and sealed by Charles George Young,
Garter, and Walter Aston Blount, Norroy, 30 March , 27 Vict.;
painted on parchment, with the arms emblazoned in the upper left-hand
margin, and the illuminated arms of the Earl Marshal, the Queen, and
the College of Arms, in the upper margin; the seals in red wax encased
in gilt skippets pendent on blue silk laces" *.
It is always sad to
learn of a
document such as this leaving the family of the original grantee or
assignee but I am reassured that it has found a good and appreciative
home and as a result the details have, possibly for the first time,
come under the public gaze. This is however not the first time this
document has been offered for sale in a short period of time; it was
put up for auction with the chartered surveyors and auctioneers Mullock
& Madeley of Ludlow Shropshire on 21st October 2004. At that
earlier auction the document (Lot 67) was described as: "A superb Grant of Arms document"
and details given as:
"Grant of Arms superb document on vellum
granting the arms of Bayley-Worthington to Gibbon Bayley of Sharston
Hall, Northenden, Cheshire, written in a flowing hand on a single large
leaf of vellum, with the Coat of Arms displayed in the top left hand
corner, executed in colour and gold, signed and sealed by the Garter
and Norray Kings of Arms with their seals contained in gilt skippets
attached by original blue ribbons, the whole contained in its original
case adorned with the gilt device of Queen Victoria, slight wear to
edge of case but document and seals in fine condition. A superb and
highly decorative document. (1)"
Mullock & Madeley,
rather optimistically, estimated the guide price as between £500
to £800. It would appear that it didn't sell - or if it did, it
sold quite soon afterwards at a loss. I prefer to think that the
earlier auction was unsuccessful and the lot remained unsold until the
second Ebay auction found it a new home. It would appear though that
although the box seems to be with the document in 2004 it seems to be
missing by 2005. Perhaps it was after all sold in 2004; the purchaser
simply requiring the box and selling on the document?
other buyers for
||Hello This is a letter of
introduction and I
would like to welcome you to this fantastic e-bay community. I wish you
all the best. I am quite familiar with these armorials as I own several
myself. I have noticed in your explanation that you seem very familiar
with items from the college of arms. I have a few questions and will
number them below. 1) Are the blue ribbons attached firmly to the
document and firmly through the slots and under the seals in the 2
skippets? 2) These grants of arms originally came in a very beautiful
leather presentation box - is the one that came with this grant of arms
lost to history? 3) Could you tell me if the wax inside the skippets is
cleanly and sharpley embossed? 4) The wax that is used by the college
of arms is made by the hindes sealing people in Wales. Is the wax red
in color? Thanks you. Sincerely, XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX
||Thank you for your
questions which I will answer as best I can, though I have no expertise
in grants of arms. 1 Yes, ribbons firmly attached and under seals. 2 There is no box.
3 The wax inside the skippets is cleanly and sharply embossed and in
good condition. 4 The wax is red (slightly orangey red). You might also
be interested to know that the document was written in 1864. The Garter
King is Charles Geo. Young and the Norroy King is Walter Aston Blount.
On the back of the grant is an inscription singed by the Somerset
Registrar stating that the grant is recorded in the College of Arms.
Hope this information is helpful. Good luck with your bid!
* details of the grant kindly provided
by the purchaser.
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