Mystery of knighthood scroll

An appeal has been launched to find out more about a rare ‘knighthood’ scroll just acquired by a Shrewsbury shop.

DCM Antiques of The Parade in St Mary’s Place, which specialises in medals and military history, has put the magnificent document and case on show and now wants to track down the story behind it.

Peter Duckers, and Mark Cashmore, specialist dealers in this area said that they had seldom seen examples of this type of document, which rarely come on the market.

“This is a really interesting and beautiful artefact relating to the award of a knighthood to a Sir Stanley Noel in 1964,” said Mr Duckers, a former curator of the Shropshire Regimental Museum.

“We purchased it from a member of the public who did not know its provenance and are now busy researching who Sir Stanley was and what he did to warrant the honour,” he said.

The vellum scroll confers a coat of arms on the newly-created knight and like all such documents over the past centuries is signed by the various heralds of the College of Arms.

It comes complete with its official box and the badge of a Knight Bachelor which was meant to be worn on the breast pocket.

“Such items are very collectable and make a magnificent and decorative addition to any collection of medals and related artefacts - we are expecting it to sell for around £850,” Mr Duckers added.

Mr Duckers has written extensively on war medals and military history and has a specialist knowledge of military research and genealogy related to armed forces' service.

DCM Antiques sells a wide range of unusual and interesting collectors' items and historic artefacts dating from 1000BC, including medals, historic autographs and documents, ancient coins, Roman pottery, Chinese porcelain from as early as 1730.

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