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321446599629
Seller: dazzerlingdoll (1398)
100.0% positive
tibshelf Alfreton, Derbyshire, GB
Completed
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Ended Jul 8, 2014 4:33:59 PM
Category: Books, Comics & Magazines:Antiquarian & Collectable
£45.00
[1 Bids]
Buyer: i***1 (297)
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Condition: There is some damage to it as of age related issues edges mainly
This binding is from an old book or certificate, which was covered in this rather expensive mother of pearl covering with intricate brass tops . The text says It was given to a Mrs H. S. Latham as a token by the young ladies at Mr John Suffields Birmingham 1864. Done some research on John Suffields and it seems he owned a drapery shop surprisingly he is also the great great grandfather of J.R. Tolkien. Just imagine that to own something of his, family's, that was little bit of a famous writers connection. Must have cost a fortune in those days to have some one make this elaborate book cover . The lady must have been someone very special. There is also a smaller piece. I do not know what happened to the book or what ever was inside it or if it was just the mother of pearl ! Each panel is 23x15cm and the smaller one is 9x5 cm approx. I would imagine you could make some spectacular jewellery out of this antique mother of pearl or artists could do something with it . This link takes you the information about John and his shop He was also an artist and he lived to a grand age too. http://www.search.connectinghistories.org.uk/engine/resource/exhibition/standard/child.asp?txtKeywords=&lstContext=&lstResourceType=&lstExhibitionType=&chkPurchaseVisible=&txtDateFrom=&txtDateTo=&x1=&y1=&x2=&y2=&scale=&theme=&album=&viewpage=%2Fengine%2Fresource%2Fexhibition%2Fstandard%2Fchild.asp&originator=&page=&records=&direction=&pointer=&text=&resource=1386&exhibition=969&offset=0
Submitted by: Trotter