Scope and Content
Box one:, Manuscript version of 'Japanese armour of the middle ages : being a translation of the Cjuko-Katchu-Seisakuben of Sakikabara Kozan', by T. Wakameda, revised by A.J. Koop with the assistance of Hogitaro Inada (1910), revised and edited by H. Russell Robinson |b Published by Holland Press in 1962, Card index of Japanese armour makers compiled by H. Russell Robinson, Box two:, A box of photographs of North American Indian objects, A box of photographs of Japanese arms and armour, A packet of 10 photographs showing the reconstruction of a medieval sallet, taken between 19 June 1970 and 31 July 1970, together with two photographs showing the new helmet with the original (IV.4), A box containing 8 packets of photographs of arms and armour, with lists giving prices, associated with envelopes addressed to Harvey C. Gill Esq., 45 Almond Street, Riddrie, Glasgow, E.I. |b It is not clear whether Mr Gill was the dealer offering these items for sale of the prospective purchaser. NB packet 2/1 does not have an attached list, but seems to be numbered in a similar way to the other 7 packets. It includes among other photographs one labelled on the back, 'Miniature models of armour by Granger of Paris, mid XICth century: No. 1 ú15 0 0; No. 2 ú20 0 0, Box three:, Archive box containing published guides to Japanese museums; gudies to Japanese exhibitions; magazines on Kendo; and Japanese arms and armour sales catalogues, Box four:, Four sets of drawings by H.R. Robinson of oriental arms and armour |b Rolled, 1 |a Labelled: Nepal, Bhutan, Tibet, China and Korea, 2 |a Labelled: Egypt, Sudan, Arabia, N. Africa, 3 |a Labelled: Persia, Turkey, Balkans, 4 |a Unlabelled: Japanese, Folder containing the manuscript of an article on 17th Century Dutch Armour, and an envelope containing photographs of possible illustrations, Folder containing the manuscript of an article or lecture on the reconstruction of a medieval sallet based on the original (IV.4), Folder containing a detailed list and description of the armour in St Mary's Church, Mendlesham, Suffolk, Folder containing miscellaneous correspondence, Folder containing b/w negatives and some colour transparencies of European and Oriental arms and armour, Folder containing miscellaneous material including details of courses of lectures organised with the help of the Tower Armouries by the Department of Extra Mural Studies, University of London, in the early 1960s, Box five, Book of drawings labelled, 'Italic & Roman Helmets' containing drawings, with photographs and cuttings inserted, Folder containing material on the Aztecs and Mayans, Folder containing material on arms and armour etc, of the ancient world, Folder containing material on arms and armour etc, of the medieval period, Folder containing tracings of European armour, Folder containing material on Indian/Islamic arms and armour, Folder containing manuscript pages of text for H.R. Robinson's book on 'Oriental armour', Folder containing the original drawings from H.R. Robinson's book on 'Oriental armour', Folder containing the original illustrations from H.R. Robinson's book on 'Oriental armour', Box A, Envelope containing tracings by H.R. Robinson of portions of a boy's armour, c. 1870, in the museum at Chartres, Envelope containing rubbings of the etched decoration on some of the armours from Austria exhibited at the 'Kings and Captains' Exhibition at the Tower of London in 1949, Envelope containing drawings of Roman arms and armour, Envelope containing pulls and proofs of H.R. Robinson's 'A short history of Japanese armour', Folder containing sketches made by H.R. Robinson for his cut-out books on European and Oriental armour, Envelope containing drawings by H.R. Robinson of European arms and armour, Envelope containing drawings by H.R. Robinson of Oriental armour, A series of b/w photographs of manuscript illustrations of Japanese armour |b Rolled
2 large boxes, 5 boxes, 1 document, card index
Administrative / Biographical History
Henry Russell Robinson was born in London on 7 May 1920 in London and died on 15 January 1978. He joined the Tower Armouries in 1942, and during the Second World War served as a model builder in the Royal Air Force. He was a co-founder of the Society of Arms and Armour, and in 1965 became a fellow of the Society of Antiquaries of London. He became Keeper of Armour in 1970 and in 1977 received an honorary MA from the University of Newcastle for his work on Roman armour and weapons. [adapted from Wikipedia Germany].