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The curator at the St Alban’s museum just alerted me to a single roundel (banqueting trencher) at the Cuming Museum in London. It is one of the Persian-edges, center-motif and posy trenchers, similar to the Set of Tudor Roundels at St. Albans, or another single survivor at the Norfolk museum. This particular trencher is interesting as the 4-line secular posy matches a posy in the Fizwilliam collection. I had previously thought the set at the Fitzwilliam were unique posies, but apparently not.
The posy is hard to read, but the website was updated on 9July2014 with this intrepretation:
I knowe full well ye bent of ye bowe
Ther is wth ye but a woorde & a blowe
Well att ease shell ye neighbore be
That dwels not next betwixt ye ichurche and the

I’m hoping the Cuming museum has a complete set, at the moment it’s hard to tell from their website.

Date: 2014-07-08 06:20 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] klwilliams.livejournal.com
You really need to write up your research on trenchers and get it published.

Date: 2014-07-08 07:16 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] ppfuf.livejournal.com
I should...but it's really pointless without pictures and most museums want a meeeeellllion dollars to use them. I should put up a website somewhere, at least.

...and Trencher donated by Lovett, C01865

Date: 2014-09-04 04:14 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] ppfuf.livejournal.com
Looking again at the Southwark website I found a clipping from a 22March1929 newspaper describing an exhibit "... 'Fun at Table', 22/3/29, about mediaeval wooden tableware on display at the Cuming Museum - related to Mazer C01861, Livery Company beechwood cup C01868, and Trencher donated by Lovett, C01865; 'April Fool Jug', 1/4/1929, about Doulton puzzle jug C13067; ..."
This may (or may not) confirm there's only one trencher in their collection. See also Edward Lovett (1852 - 1933) early collector of toys and amateur folklorist. I don't think I've seen him mentioned in connection with any other collection.



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