Sunday, 31 August 2008

Sir John Samuel Fletcher Baronet

Falling under the hammer on the 29th August were the Grant of arms to Sir John Samuel Fletcher Baronet, first and last baronet of Bryony Hill, along with a quite separate grant of his badge.

Sir John Samuel Fletcher Baronet

The seller chose to use a private auction so we have no way of knowing who the successful bidder or bidders were. The grant of arms was described by the seller as:  “Condition: Very good, vintage condition as pictures. Superbly hand painted coat of arms and other arms as shown. Signed and sealed by Henry Farnham Burke and Charles Harold Athill with clean, sharp wax seals contained in gilt skippets which are firmly attached by the original blue ribbons. On the reverse of the document is the statement that the document is recorded at the College of Arms, London and signed by Athill. The document comes in (what I assume is) the original box which is complete and undamaged but has some fading as pictures. The box is approx 22" x 4" x 3 3/4" and is material covered.” 

Sir John Samuel Fletcher Baronet

It sold for £350.
The grant of a badge is of some Cheshire interest as it is signed on the reverse by Chester herald in his capacity as registrar. This grant sold for £435.75 perhaps suggesting that the badge was more sought after than the grant – who knows.

Chester Herald

The vendor described the document as: “Condition: Very good, vintage condition as pictures. Superbly hand painted Badge Device and other Heraldic devices as shown. Signed and sealed by Henry Farnham Burke and Charles Harold Athill with clean, sharp wax seals contained in gilt skippets which are firmly attached by the original blue ribbons. On the reverse of the document is the statement that the document is recorded at the College of Arms, London and signed by Arthur Cochrane/Chester Herald. The document comes in (what I assume is) the original leather covered box which is complete and undamaged but has some wear to finish as pictures. The box is approx 29 1/2" x 4" x 3 3/4" when closed.”

Grant of a badge to Sir John Samuel Fletcher Baronet

Badge of Sir John Samuel Fletcher Baronet

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