Please note: I have added 21 photos to the end of this listing to try and show the item in as much detail as possible so please take the time to view them all carefully. This is an antique large vellum hand written and illuminated GRANT OF ARMS that is signed, sealed, and cased in a long wooden box which is original to the document but is as found..
Its missing the left hand end of the box... Both the lid and base. Dated 1811, the time of King George III of England this is a Grant of Arms to The Reverend John Kirby, Clerk A.
Of Mayfield in Sussex , eldest son and heir of the Rev John Kirby (senior) , Clerk deceased late vicar of same place by Anne-Ruth his late wife. She was daughter of George Baker Esq. It also mentions the Coat of Arms and Crest and how to read it in heraldic terms which is what the document is all about... Visually and in written form. It then goes on to say that his brothers George - Thomas - William - Henry and Michael Kirby (four of which are minors) and his sisters Marthanna - Anne Ruth - Jane Ruth and Mary and their descendants may also use the arms.
The two seals are from the official men of the day Sir Isaac Heard, Knight GARTER Principal Kings Of Arms and George Harrison Esq. CLARENCEUX King of Arms of the South East and West parts of England.
The left hand side has an embossed official blue paper seal which has a very small slivver of silver in it as well which they all have. On the back its hand written and named Ralph Bigland Norroy Deputy Registrar. You will probably know that these type of Grant of Arms documents are unique.They do not make copies of them, unless someone else wanted to get their own at a later time. Check out how much they will cost you in 2021.... You may want to be sat down! There are two large red wax seals at the bottom that are in their original official gilt tins..... One is detached on the ripe blue ribbon and the other is holding on by a bare thread or two... This happens to this type of ribbon. The mahogany box does have some staining on the top and the left hand end is damaged but SOME of the pieces are still present if you wanted to restore it.... There are some bits missing.
The document is in collectable condition with normal signs of age and use wear. I like to leave items alone.. I do not mend or polish clean items..
They are just as I get them in from the deceased estates. As mentioned the box is damaged and the two ribbons are ripe with the seal tins hanging off. No rips or tears in the paperwork. Please see pictures for more details and visual confirmation of condition.21 and 1/2 inches x 5 and 1/2 inches x 3 inches. The vellum illuminated official document is 15 and half inch x 20 inch and the seal tins are 2 and half inch dia. Very interesting reading if you google The Rev John Kirby (junior) of Mayfield Sussex and he went on to marry Louisa, daughter of Thomas Murdoch of Portland Place in 1816.... You could well be related to this chap and this Grant of Arms.... Wouldn't it make a fabulous item to be framed up and put in a hallway for all to see when they entered your property. There will be many relations of The Rev. John Kirby around the world today... Are you one of them? Family History at its best if you have your own family Grant of Arms.
Especially an original one from 1811. Scale is usually an English 1 penny coin which is 20mm in diameter which is just short of 7/8ths of an inch in diameter. In the title or description it means.
Condition which may have scuffs, scratches and damage. We cannot and will not declare items below the sale value.The item "1811 Illuminated Grant of Arms 2 Seals Rev John Kirby Mayfield Sussex READ ALL" is in sale since Wednesday, April 7, 2021. This item is in the category "Antiques\Manuscripts". The seller is "diggerlee" and is located in Yorkshire. This item can be shipped worldwide.