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BOOKS AND CATALOGUES FROM THE R.T. GWYNN COLLECTION
Sold by Order of the R.T. Gwynn Chattels Trust
All sold not subject to return
Nearly all bear an R.T. Gwynn ownership inscription, and most, his bookplate
Reginald Gwynn - known to his friends as Peter - was born in Gloucester on 27th January, 1905, the eldest of four brothers, all of whom were educated at the King's School there. All were also choristers in the Cathedral, and it was his daily association with this great medieval building that gave him his interest in the medieval period.
In 1921 (when working as a clerk), he enlisted in the Royal Gloucestershire Hussars, a Yeomanry regiment, being inspired to do so by a love of horses that lasted all his life. In the following year he joined the Royal Navy, where he was much involved with submarines, but the diminishing prospects for promotion caused by government cuts to the armed forces led him to resign and join the F.W. Woolworth's British company, starting in 1927 as a Learner on the shop floor of their store in Edinburgh. He retired in 1965, at the age of 60, as Managing Director, and then went into partnership with the London antique dealer, the late Ronald Lee, from whom he had bought many of the mid-17th-century English clocks, which, with arms and armour and early oak furniture, were his collecting passions. Those who had the privilege of visiting him are unlikely to forget the remarkable display of these collections in his 16th-century house at Epsom, which is itself remarkable in that it was moved there by his predecessor from its original site near Ongar, Essex.
"Peter" Gwynn's interest in arms and armour started with early firearms, but shortly after the War he realised that his real love was for medieval and early Renaissance armour and its accessories. The major part of this, the last great private armour collection in Britain, was sold at King Street on 24 April. He died in his sleep in the early hours of Sunday, 6 May, aged 96.