Aristocratic Armoury for sale



2015-06-26 11:40:49

Aristocratic Armoury for sale

19th Century jousting equipment goes under the hammer

Eglinton Castle, Ayrshire, Scotlandsaw a substantial jousting tournament in 1839.

It was attended by 100,000 people and boasted the Earl of Eglinton himself, alongside visiting dignitaries such as Prince Louis Napoleon of France.

Naturally this required some high quality armour, and amongst the helmets, weaponsand breastplates were 40 shields made by Samuel Pratt of Bond Street, London.

Eight of these have now come up for auction with estimates of 3,000-5,000.

The pieces are in the classic shield shape (straight across at the top; curving to a point at the base) and the decorative heraldry is divided up into rectangular and triangular blocks.

The 1839jousting tournamentwas a success, though some participants may have been tempted to use their shields as umbrellas, as the weather was said to be particularly dreadful.

The shieldsare on offerafter being discovered in Skelmorlie Castle, Ayrshire, and the sale takes place on Wednesday, at Edinburgh based auctioneer Lyon and Turnbull

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