CHRIS DOBSON
Formerly Master Armourer to the Royal Armouries

Arms and Armour Consultant

Arms and Armour Consultant Chris Dobson
The 16th Century Man at Arms display in the Castlerock Museum, gallery design by Chris Dobson. Photo: © Castlerock Museum.

It is in Chris Dobson’s consultancy work on antique arms and armour that his experience of restoration work and knowledge of art and history are brought together with archival research and scientific analysis. Decades of working on original armour and edged weapons of all levels of quality have given Chris a deep familiarity with how real armour and weapons were constructed, what they were made of and how they should work. He is familiar with corrosion patterns on antique surfaces, and how original colour finishes can change over time. All this is fundamental in being able to sort out real antiques from copies, but in addition he always encourages his clients to have his opinions backed up by metallographic analysis of objects, carried out by the leading expert in the field.

Appraisal: Chris Dobson offers a basic appraisal service from photography at a rate of €150 for single items, such as helmets or breastplates. For rates on groups of objects or whole armours, please get in touch via the Contact page.

Consultancy: Chris Dobson uses his extensive knowledge of graphic art and sculpture, and of historical literary sources, to date and geographically place objects, and his original archival research - particularly in Italy - is used in seeking to provenance objects and identify their makers. He is Exhibit Consultant and responsible for the gallery design of the Castlerock Museum in the USA (see photo above).

Saint George, by Andrea Mantegna, 1467, Galleria dell’Accademia, Venice.
Portrait of Cosimo de’ Medici by Agnolo Bronzino, c.1545, Galleria degli Uffizi, Florence.
The Madonna and Child with Saints and Federico da Montefeltro by Piero della Francesca, c.1472-74, Pinacoteca di Brera, Milan.
Photos left to right/top to bottom: Saint George by Andrea Mantegna, 1467; portrait of Cosimo de’ Medici by Agnolo Bronzino, c.1545; The Madonna and Child with Saints and Federico da Montefeltro by Piero della Francesca, c.1472-74. All photos Public Domain, The Yorck Project.
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