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).