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Medieval brass rubbings. Modern sources.


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From: "Roberts, Julie" <jroberts at img.net>

CC: ansteorra at eden.com

Subject: Monumental Brass Rubbing

Date: Sun, 6 Apr 1997 16:20:09 -0700


To those interested in Medieval history:

We have about 18 replica monumental brasses from British churches and are

able to make rubbings of these priceless treasures at little cost to you.

Monumental brasses are brass plates, engraved with likenesses of Medieval

folk.  These brass plates were set in stone slabs and placed in churches

and cathedrals as memorials as early as the 13th century until the 17th

century.  A popular pastime called "Brass Rubbing" came into existence

during the 17th century.  "Brass rubbing", simply means laying a sheet of

special paper on the "Monumental Brass" and rubbing the paper with treated

wax, until the likeness is reproduced on the paper.  

At the moment we are offering a special price on a rubbing of Knight, Sir

William Fitzralph, who died in Pebmarsh, Essex, England, in 1323.  Sir

William fought in many expeditions against the Scots and is shown wearing

armour of a transitional type, between chainmail and full plate armour.

The rubbing is in three colours, with the surcoat red, the armour silver

and the rest of the knight in gold.  The extra strength paper is specially

manufactured for brass rubbing.  The rubbing can be mounted and framed or

used as a wall hanging and is a treasure for anyone who relishes history.

Our price for the unframed rubbing is just $18.00 U.S. plus $4.00 postage

and handling. The picture can be viewed at the following site.



The photo does not do the rubbing justice but gives you an idea.  The face

is very clear on the real thing.  If you are interested in this please

E-mail us at. jroberts at img.net  




From: inkheads at ll.net (Dave and Lisa Schwarz)

Newsgroups: rec.org.sca

Subject: Re: Brass Rubbings

Date: Wed, 09 Apr 1997 11:34:14 +0100


shire2308 at aol.com (Shire2308) wrote:


> I'm trying to find someone who does brass rubbings of the different pieces

> in England.


> I saw the work of this one woman here in NJ, but I've tried calling many a

> time and have gotten no response (no machine).


> Can someone recommend someone or a resource?


I don't know exactly what you're after, but perhaps this small bit of

information may help. At the Minnesota Renaissance Festival (held annually

near the Twin Cities on the last two weekends in Aug. and every weekend in

Sept.) there is a man, whose name I don't know, who has very well-done

reproductions of English brasses.


Here's what I do know about him: His wife was apparently a professor of

medieval history and purchased dozens and dozens of the brasses, cast

directly from the originals across Europe. Some are bigger-than-life sized

(because the original brasses were), some are tiny. All are mounted on

what looks to be granite. Anyway, the lady professor died, and now this

very kind man brings her brasses to this renfest only. He gives lessons on

brass rubbing free of charge to the mundanes, and lets you do your own

brass rubbing (on fine papers, in just about any color period or OOP) for

a small fee. Any brass rubbing also includes a written history of the

piece. We have one rubbing of St. George slaying the dragon from a 1347

memorial brass done for Sir Hugh Hastings in Elsing, Norfolk.

We have another rubbing from a Flemish brass done for Bishop Serkin and

Bishop Mul, date unknown, representing the life of St.Nicholas.


This man has offered his brasses at the Minnesota Renaissance Festival for

many years. I am sure the people who run the show could guide you to him

for advice on how to obtain brasses, commission a brass rubbing, or get to

England to do your own.


The Minnesota Renaissance Festival can be reached on the web, but I don't

have the address handy. Snail mail is: Mid-America Festivals, 1244 S.

Conterbury Rd., Suite 306, Shakopee, MN, 55379. Telephone is 612-445-7361.


Best of luck,

Brecc of Fearghael



From: eherring! at mindspring.com (Evan L. Herring)

Newsgroups: rec.org.sca

Subject: Re: Brass Rubbings

Date: Thu, 10 Apr 1997 00:58:48 GMT


inkheads at ll.net (Dave and Lisa Schwarz) wrote:


>> I'm trying to find someone who does brass rubbings of the different pieces

>> in England.


>I don't know exactly what you're after, but perhaps this small bit of

>information may help. At the Minnesota Renaissance Festival (held annually

>near the Twin Cities on the last two weekends in Aug. and every weekend in

>Sept.) there is a man, whose name I don't know, who has very well-done

>reproductions of English brasses.


There has been a gentleman offering a service very similar to this at

the Georgia Renaissance Festival, which will begin in a couple of



Try posting your original message to the newsgroup

alt.fairs.renaissance --- perhaps someone there will be able to

provide some names and addresses of brasses merchants.


Magdalen of Cheshire

Barony of the South Downs, Meridies



Date: Wed, 25 Oct 2000 14:02:40 -0400

From: rmhowe <MMagnusM at bellsouth.net>

Subject: [Fwd: re-print of Stothard's "Monumental Effigies of Great Britain"]


This is a forward of Master James of Byngham's message.

I imagine that the costumer's/jewellers/accessories makers would be

interested. Master James lives in Windmasters' Hill, Atlantia and is

a Laurel for Armoring and Casting in which he is very skilled.

He was an apprentice of Master Eldrid Tremayne.  Mundanely he writes

programs for library cataloging.


Pass the information on to the costumers lists if you desire.

Please do not forward it to the Rialto though or any open newsgroup

list.  Closed email lists within the Reenactor community are fine.


Master Magnus

Not associated with this endeavor, but already ordered one.


-------- Original Message --------

Subject: Re: re-print of Stothard's "Monumental Effigies of Great



> James Burts wrote:

> I'd like to announce that I'm in the process of electronically

> re-printing Charles Stothard's "The Monumental Effigies of Great

> Britain".


> This book was originally printed in 1817, and contains 144 engraved

> plates of effigies and monumental brasses from Great Britain. Many of

> the effigies have been damaged or destroyed over time and because of

> wars, so this is one of the only records of these monuments.


> I'm going to be producing the book in PDF format, and selling CD's for

> $30.00 including shipping within the US. I'm also looking into printing

> it in hardback, but haven't made any final decisions on that yet.


> If you would like to know more about the book, I've produced a simple

> web-page with some sample images from the book. This page is at

> http://users.vnet.net/burts/stothard/announce.html


> Thank you.

> --James--

> ---------------------------------------------------------

> James Burts                     (919)484-8774

> James Byngham                   byngham at vnet.net


> Please look at http://users.vnet.net/burts/stothard/annouce.html

> for information on my re-print of Charles Stothard's

> "Monumental Effigies of Great Britain"



From: Eric Brown <eric.brown at mm-games.com>

Date: December 14, 2004 11:34:35 AM CST

To: Barony of Bryn Gwlad <bryn-gwlad at ansteorra.org>

Subject: RE: [Bryn-gwlad] children's activities at Candlemas


It's not mosaics, but I've always thought this would be an excellent  

children's activity...





I think these are 9" tall, they are plastic kits that let you make  

brass rubbings off them.


About $4 per plastic casting.


They have resin casts that look realistic, the 14" ones are about $65.


I THINK I remember Sentri and Juliana doing this long, long ago.




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