Heraldic manuscripts lead Halls sale in Shrewsbury

Two lots offering heraldic manuscripts – one of them being of particular regional interest – produced the highest bids in a mixed sale of collectables and militaria held in Shrewsbury.

Sold for £7500 by Halls (20% buyer’s premium) on August 29 was a vellum pedigree, dated 1591, that displayed “…the Pedegree and Atchyvement of the Right Worshipfull Francys Vychan of the Countye of Yorckshyre”. However, Vychan or Vaughan’s ancestral record begins not in Yorkshire but with Kradog, Earle of Herefourde, Lord of Radnor and ‘Knight of ye Round Table in King Arthur’s time’. The 6ft 6in (2m) long roll (above), now showing some dampstaining, was the work of a Thomas Jones of ...