Well, it was lived in by Odo, that’s for sure, but “The assertion that a particular house is the oldest in the country is as impossible to prove as it is to refute, but Luddesdown Court probably has as good a claim as any – and it’s now on the market. “ “The sales details… Continue reading The oldest house in England, once lived in by the Conqueror’s brother. . .?
In 2014, a broken Victorian corkscrew made from pieces of old London Bridge was bought for £40,000 at an auction in Essex, over 100 times its asking price. See this article/, from which the following is taken:- “The corkscrew, the components of which are thought to be up to 800 years old, was bought by… Continue reading A corkscrew made from bits of Old London Bridge….
I happened to find this little beauty on the internet. If I was lucky renough to win the lottery, it would be mine, all mine! This is what the information in the article says about it: MEDIEVAL DIE WITH HERALDIC ‘RICHARD III BOAR’ IN FOLIAGE 15th century ADA cast bronze rectangular die with deeply incuse… Continue reading ANYONE GOT SOME SPARE CASH??? Rare Ricardian Item Up For Auction
“The accounts for the Duchy of Cornwall for 1483 – a momentous year in English history – are to be sold at Bonhams Fine Books and Manuscripts Sale in London on 21 March. They are estimated at £4,000-6,000. “The records were taken to Bonhams offices in Exeter for valuation, having been bought as part of… Continue reading The accounts for the Duchy of Cornwall, ordered by Richard III in June 1483….
Gold half-angels are scarce enough, but those from Richard’s brief reign are truly rare. Now one has been found in a field close to Bosworth, and is to be auctioned. It joins the exceedingly slender ranks of those previously discovered. To read the whole story of its unearthing, click here: See also: https://www.thetimes.co.uk/edition/news/fleeing-army-may-have-dropped-richard-iii-gold-coin-h8fwxqbsc http://www.rugbyadvertiser.co.uk/news/rare-gold-coin-found-in-field-near-rugby-expected-to-sell-for-up-to-15-000-at-auction-1-8250201 http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-5092541/500-year-old-coin-amateur-treasure-hunter.html Postscript:… Continue reading Another of Richard’s half-angels found….
You have heard of badly minted coins or those prepared for a monarch who doesn’t reign for much longer but these Henry III gold pennies were worth more as bullion than currency. Of the eight that are known to remain in existence , one of them will be auctioned in the new year
Just how many more ancient coins are waiting for someone to find them? And how many hoards? It never ceases to be exciting. There is a date of 1504 for at least one of these, so I guess we know who hid them! Step forward Henry VII, and admit it’s one of your stashes. If… Continue reading More old coins found, including one of HVII’s….
The two gold rings, thought to be about 600 years old An interesting article about two beautiful gold medieval rings caught my eye. The article explains how the rings, thought to be about 600 years old were found in a field in Dorset. The larger one would have been worn over a glove while… Continue reading A Tale of Two Medieval Rings
Lionel of Antwerp, Duke of Clarence, was born today in 1338, although he died just before his thirtieth birthday. He is, of course, a mixed-line direct ancestor of Richard III but he is the brother of Edmund of Langley, Richard’s male-line great grandfather. Here, John Ashdown-Hill spoke to Nerdalicious about his attempts to locate Lionel… Continue reading The latest on the hunt for Richard’s Y-chromosome
Richard’s coins are, inevitably, rare. He didn’t reign long enough for there to be all that many. However, one of his “long cross pennies” is up for auction, and can be viewed from noon, Monday, 4th September 2017, at the Emmanuel Centre, 9-23 Marsham Street, Westminster, London SW1P 3DW. Cheque books and plastic at the… Continue reading Fancy a Richard III coin in your collection…?