Sir James Gow Mann - Papers - Letters - H.D. Barnes [1]

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Sir James Gow Mann - Papers - Letters - H.D. Barnes [1]

Sir James Gow Mann - Papers - Letters - H.D. Barnes [1]

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1928-36

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MANN 18/2 1

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1928/1: Letter from H.D. Barnes, to 'Dear Mann', dated 30 March 1928 thanking for information about and discussing the provenance of 'my arm' and 'my Petit of Blois arm',
1930/2: Letter from H.D. Barnes, to 'Dear Mann', dated 4th Jany 1930, thanking for letter about a correction to the Churburg Armoury catalogue and about the possible demise of the 'Rivets',
1930/3: Letter from H.D. Barnes, to 'My dear Mann', dated 19 Jany. 1930, thanking for support over membership of the Society of Antiquaries,
1930/4: Letter from H.D. Barnes, to 'My dear Mann', dated 19 August 1930, thanking for information and discussing the provenance of a pole axe from the Londesborough Sale,
[1930/5]: Copy letter from JGM to 'Dear Barnes, dated 7-xi-30, discussing the 'Kahlert armour lot 165 in the sale of July 29th last... Kahlert's armour may be frankly composite but it agrees surprisingly well in most essentials with [the armour of Duke Henry of Saxony at Dresden]',
1930/6: Letter from H.D. Barnes, to 'My dear Mann', dated 21st Nov. 1930, about display of his armour,
1930/7: Letter from H.D. Barnes, to 'My dear Mann', dated 12 Dec. 1930, thanking for sketch of the 'Kahlert suit at Sotheby's... if things look up a little in the near future I may have a shot for it.',
1930/8: Letter from H.D. Barnes, to 'Mon cher Maitre', dated 22nd Dec. 1930, sending best wishes for Christmas. 'I think 1930 has not been a bad year for either of us, from an armour point of view...' and discussing the daggers in the Pavyer sale,
1931/9: Letter from H.D. Barnes, to 'My dear Mann', dated 22nd May 1931, describing the last Meyrick Society meeting and plans for the Meyrick dinner and reporting that Plowman 'announced his definite intention to retire from the V-P next Oct.',
1931/10: Letter from H.D. Barnes, to 'My dear Mann', dated 27/vii/31, thanking for advice on a chair he had bough and anywhere?',
[1932/11]: A visiting card inscribed: ''Au Bascinet' in all gratitude from H.D. Barnes, made by Ralph Abercrombie, 1741', with a note on the back in JGM's hand: 'Silver salver given me as a token of gratitude for telling him of the Fink-Drey bascinet, Sept 1932.',
1933/12: Letter from H.D. Barnes, to 'My dear Mann', dated 26 March 1933, giving details of the 'unrecorded 'Brett Sale' at Robinson & Fishers (Willis's Rooms) on 24 June 1902' and discussing the 'extraordinary communication from Francois Buttin',
1933/13: Letter from H.D. Barnes, to 'My dear Mann', dated 2nd July 1933, thanking for the 'set of photographs of the Elizabethan Ex.' and discussing 'my fragment of early armet... I have removed Pratt's rim, etc. & it is a remarkably good shell. The forehead has been cut, but three of the lining holes are there, also the holes for the cheek hinges. I think Pratt enlarged the holes for the visor hinge... The cheek-pieces puzzle me very much. I think they are original, but have been riveted to the shell in early days...' Goes on to discuss ffoulkes' article on the Rhodes armour,
[1934/14]: Letter from Ludwig Stern to Mr. E.G. Mann [sic], dated 8th February 1934 from Strand Palace Hotel, thanking for 'recommending the Helmet to Major Barnes. The Helmet will now be sent over to London from America, and I am perfectly sure, that if the Major sees the original, he will certainly like it,
1934/15: Letter from H.D. Barnes, to 'My dear Mann', dated 25/2/34 asking to borrow Vol. LIII (1896) of the Archaeological Journal so that he can have Dillon's article 'Feathers and Plumes' copied to add to a volume being prepared for the binder,
1934/16: Letter from H.D. Barnes, to 'My dear Mann', dated 24/3/34, hoping that Mann would have recovered sufficiently to join Beard 'on Monday' in the 'post-mortem on Hans Sallet',
1934/17: Letter from H.D. Barnes, to 'My dear Mann', dated 6th May 1934, congratulating him on 'your 'Spanish armour' in the latest volume of Archaeologia and asking for 2 copies of the Grazie and 2 of the Spanish armour so that they can be 'bound as they deserve to match the 'Maximilian''. [Cf. pale blue leather bindings in RA library],
1934/18: Letter from H.D. Barnes, to 'My dear Mann', dated 9/vi/34, inviting Mann to lunch and continuing: 'I fear there is little chance of the Redfern sword remaining in England, but I hope to know more about it when we meet. Beard was right regarding Kelly's article in this month's 'Connoisseur' - you supplied the brains - Kelly gets the money & my notes secure no addition.',
1934/19: Letter from H.D. Barnes, to 'My dear Mann', dated 2nd July 1934, from the Cairn Hydro, Harrogate, congratulating Mann on 'Identifying a Famous Armour',
1934/20: Postcard from H.D. Barnes, to 'My dear Mann', dated 4/vii/34, from Harrogate, confirming a lunch date and discussing the tomb of Sir Richard Franck in [Harewood] church,
1934/21: Letter from H.D. Barnes, to 'My dear Mann', dated 16th July, 1934, thanking for references to Arthur Gardner's alabaster tombs and asking 'May I use your name as an introduction when writing him as I am anxious to find out whether he knows any other cases of a weeper being armed with a Pole-axe.... I hope to go to Norwich shortly and settle the outstanding queries on my Paston notes.',
1934/22: Letter from H.D. Barnes, to 'My dear Mann', dated 4th Nov. 1934, accepting an invitation and thanking for a 'card for the 9th: 'I know 'The Art of the Armourer' will be excellent...I have cut off your little sketch of Sir John Salet & pasted it into my private catalogue...',
1934.23: Letter from H.D. Barnes, to 'My dear Mann', dated 14/xi/34, apologising for 'walking off with your Catalogue this afternoon... Exactly what the effect of those horrors will be I cannot guess - as we are not likely to fight unless attacked, its the other fellow who wants to study them I think. Certain omissions, such as Ypres etc. make me think they have not been taken by chance - but with a special object...',
1935/25: Letter from H.D. Barnes, to 'My dear Mann', dated 6 January 1935, thanking for letter about Lord Braybrooke's pole-hammer and the Ashington effigy,
1935/26: Letter from H.D. Barnes, to 'My dear Mann', dated 16th Jany. 1935, thanking for a meeting at which JGM had worn 'that fine Pembroke armour',
1935/27: Letter from H.D. Barnes, to 'My dear Mann', dated 20 June 1935, thanking for lunch and enclosing cheque for L5: 'it is most unselfish of you to let me have them at a loss.',
1935/28: Letter from H.D. Barnes, to 'My dear Mann', dated dated 29 June 1935, thanking for 'booklet relating to Bungay Castle',
1935/29: Letter from H.D. Barnes, to 'My dear Mann', dated 13th April 1935 thanking for good wishes for recovery. [NB The following items all relate to Major Barnes' resignation from the Meyrick Society and abandonment of the collecting of arms and armour. All extracted from an envelope, addressed to Col. Sir Edward Barry, Bt, J.P., D.L., Ockwells Manor, Bray, and labelled: Meyrick Society, H.D. Barnes],
1936/30: Telegram from H.D. Barnes, to 'James Mann Esq.', dated 19 Ju 36: Deeply touched too moved for words all thanks ever treasure. Perpetual night goodbye B.,
1936/30a: Copy/draft of letter to 'My dear Rowe' [Secretary of the Meyrick Society], dated 19th June 1936: 'I had a talk with Barnes on the telephone yesterday. He would not give me any details, so I am still rather in the dark... He has been compelled to sever his connections with his armour friends for domestic reasons...',
1936/30b: Letter to 'My dear Mann', from Arthur Rowe, on Meyrick Society paper, dated 21st June, 1936, thanking for letter: 'I have not entered Barnes' resignation in the Minute Book; the matter can therefore be left in abeyance. I sincerely hope that time will mend matters.',
1936/30c: Letter to 'My dear Mann' from Harry Plowman, dated 23/6/36, 're Barnes': 'I have been a successful peace maker in many cases, but here it would be futile to interfere: I have always dealt with men, but in this case it is obvious that the lady is pulling the strings.',
1936/30d: Letter to 'My dear Mann' from Harry Plowman, dated XXV-VI-XXXVI, refusing invitation to dinner: 'I am such a dilapidated cripple that I am obliged to forswear all evening engagements... As regards the Barnes business it does seem to childish; but as the lady wants him to resign there is nothing to be done at present...'

The following group of letters were collected in an envelope labelled: 'H.D. Barnes, R. Williams':

1935/31: Letter to 'My dear James' from H.D. Barnes dated 10 July 1935: an invitation to lunch and discussion of previous members of the Auersperg family 'who may have owned my bascinet',
1935/32: Letter to 'My dear James' from H.D. Barnes dated 2/XI/35, in pencil, thanking for 'Boutet de Morel's 'Jeanne d'Arc'... It came yesterday morning when I was feeling especially rotten & too seedy even for my Paston letters.' [Envelope contains a stamp book with 2 halfpenny stamps and 2 air mail labels],
1936/33: Letter to 'My dear James' from H.D. Barnes dated 5 March 1936, thanking for acknowledgment of a 'volume' and 'the delightful 'Minnesinger' received from Batsford': [? the bound collection of JGM's articles in blue leather].

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