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  • Object:

    Printing Plate

  • Place of origin:

    Great Britain (made)

  • Date:

    1875-1908 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Birdsall & Son, Northampton (supplier)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    steel-faced copperplate(?)

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    Prints & Drawings Study Room, level E, case V, shelf 6, box BI

Physical description

Steel-faced copperplate(?) Ex Libris bookplate with Caesar Litton Falkiner's coat of arms. Rectangular design, showing in the centre: an escutcheon (shield) bearing three birds and a star; a helm (helmet) with acanthus leaves flowing from it and a pair of wings attached to the crown.; a smaller pair of wings, attached to a sphere with a star motif, hanging upside-down from a rope; at the bottom the motto FORTUNA FAVENTE lettered across a banner. This central design framed by a formal decorative border, lettered across the top EX LIBRIS : and across the bottom CAESAR-LITTON-FALKINER-.

Place of Origin

Great Britain (made)


1875-1908 (made)


Birdsall & Son, Northampton (supplier)

Materials and Techniques

steel-faced copperplate(?)

Marks and inscriptions

Lettered across the top and bottom, respectively, of the decorative frame (reversed).

Motto lettered across a banner in the lower part of the design (reversed).

Birdsall N'pton
Lettered along bottom right corner of border (reversed).


Height: 13.5 cm, Width: 10 cm

Descriptive line

Steel-faced copperplate(?) Ex Libris bookplate with Caesar Litton Falkiner's coat of arms. Supplied by Birdsall & Son, Northampton. Great Britain. 1875-1908.

Production Note

The plate is lettered Birdsall H'pton which makes it highly likely that it was supplied by Birdsall & Son, Northampton.

Subjects depicted

Border; Rope; Helms (body armor); Wings; Acanthus; Star; Birds; Escutcheons (coats of arms); Banner; Bookplate


Prints; Tools & Equipment; Heraldry


Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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