Another recent EBay sale worthy of note is the Medieval Armorial Manuscript described by the seller (in rather broken English) as an original medieval English family tree manuscript with painted and coloured coats of arms dated 1634, this is probably quite an unusual find for the commercial market as it is not often that something of this ilk presents itself for open bidding. It appears that the manuscript, which is an illustrated family tree on velum, is signed by Robert Cook and Robert Segar. The document is described as in a good overall condition with minor paint loss and stains with minor age browning. This vendor guarantees that it is “an Original and no reproduction”! The size is stated to be width417 mm. length 1028 mm.
The vendor notes that the document would require an export licence if sold to an overseas buyer.
There were four bidders placing five bids with the hammer falling at £931.99 with £4.99 quoted for economy delivery; if I’d won this item I think I might have requested recorded delivery!
I hope it has stayed in England; it would be rather nice to think that it has found a home where it could be displayed to the public but I somehow don’t think that would be the case. Still, at least I/we got the chance to see some photographs of it while it was on the market - any heraldic crumb is greatly appreciated.