3 December 2003
HENRY VIII, King of England (1509-1547). Document signed ('Henry R'), a warrant to Lord Windsor, Keeper of the Wardrobe, Westminster, 14 December 1533, signed by the King at the head, 15 lines written in brown ink on vellum, one membrane, 160 x 240 mm, papered impression of the royal signet seal (small hole in left margin, ownership stamp on verso).
An order to provide livery for six of the King's sackbut players: Mark Anthony, Peregrine Symon, Nicholas Shakbote, Lewes Vincle, Nicholas Andrewe and Anthony Symon. Each of the 'shakbotes' is allowed 'fowertene yards of chamlet for a gowne price evry yarde iii s iiii d It[em] to evry of them a furre of blak bogy [lamb's skin] for every of their gownes price every furre four pownde It[em] to every of them eight yards of Damaske for a Jaquet price every yarde viii s ... thre yards of velvet for a dublet'.
Henry VIII, a competent performer on the lute and harpsichord, maintained a considerable musical establishment, including as many as ten sackbuts (resembling the modern trombone).
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