[Lord Gambier, Admiral of the Fleet.] Manuscript designs of heraldic achievements (coats of arms), made by a signwriter for display at his funeral.

[Admiral Lord Gambier [James Gambier, 1st Baron Gambier (1756-1833), Admiral of the Fleet, Royal Navy officer in American Revolutionary War and French Revolutionary Wars and Glorious First of June]
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'April 22nd.' [1832].

An interesting and unusual survival, casting light on funerary practice in Georgian London. In black ink on 37 x 15 cm piece of watermarked laid paper, clearly cut from the working ledger of the signwriter responsible for the display at Gambier's funeral. Two excellent drawings, marked up with notes for colours, as a guide for the painting process.

[Alfred, Lord Tennyson, great Victorian poet and Poet Laureate.] Autograph Note in the third person, 'For Coals and the School' (the Blue Coat School at Aldworth?).

Alfred, Lord Tennyson [Alfred Tennyson, 1st Baron Tennyson] (1809-1892), great Victorian poet and Poet Laureate
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On letterhead of Aldworth, Haslemere, Surrey; 1 May 1885.

On one side of square of paper cut from a 12mo leaf. In fair condition, aged and lightly creased. Folded twice. Reads: 'For Coals and the School | With Lord Tennyson's | Compliments and best Wishes | May 1 / 85'. Presumably 'the School' is the Blue Coat School at Aldworth, and it seems that Tennyson was sending a cheque for the purchase of 'Coals', possibly as part of a tradition.

[Sir Robert Peel, Tory Prime Minister and creator of the Metropolitan Police.] Armorial 'Drayton Manor' bookplate of 'Right Honble. Sir Robert Peel, Bart.'

Sir Robert Peel (1788-1850), Tory Prime Minister and creator of the Metropolitan Police
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Dating from after 1830, when Peel inherited the baronetcy from his father.

Peel's father Sir Robert Peel (1750-1830), 1st Baronet, took possession of Drayton Manor, Tamworth, in 1796, and the family moved in four years later. The bookplate cannot be the father's, as he was not a 'Right Honble.' member of the Privy Council, while his son was. The bookplate is a black and white steel-engraving on an 8 x 6 cm slip of paper. In fair condition, aged and worn, with light diagonal crease. The arms are topped by the words 'Drayton Manor', with 'Right Honble. | Sir Robert Peel, Bart.' at foot.

Autograph Letter Signed ('J. R. Planché') to unnamed male correspondent.

James Robinson Planché [J. R. Planché] (1796-1880), English playwright and herald
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Saturday [no date]; Michael's Grove Lodge [Brompton].

12mo, 1 p, 11 lines. Very good. He begins by giving R. J. Smith's Brompton address. He was 'delighted to hear of Lord Powis' and hopes 'there is no mistake about it'. 'Remember in printing his Title he is a Knight of the Garter. - On the back of our 2nd. No. I see Lord Southampton printed as "the Earl of Southampton"!' Asks the recipient's view of the previous day's 'Times': 'And look at the Morning Post to day.'

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