Hark the Herald Angels Sing
Margaret Cheyne’s a Dead Thing
Facsimile of a detail from the memorial brass on the tomb of Margaret Cheyne who, you may recall, died in 1419*. This reproduction is either made of brass or brass-style stuff and is mounted on a piece of polished hardwood that we assume is mahogany. The condition is good to fair – there are a few discolorations on the surface and the odd rough area – these do not detract from its overall heavenly charm. “Indeed it has all the exuberance of Chaucer without, happily, any of the concomitant crudities of his period.”
The mount measures 10 x 16 inches (that is 15.4 x 40.64cm) and it weighs just over 2½ lbs (or 1.13kg). It is really quite heavy hence the whacking postage.
On the back is a nifty cheyne so you can pop this straight up on the wall.
*The actual edifice is in St Peter’s church at Hever in Kent. (pop “Margaret Cheyne1419” into Google to see what it looks like).
And don’t bother to write in that this item post-dates Chaucer some 19 years – we know that already but feel the sentiment expressed in this quotation subtly encapsulates the characterisation of this masterpiece (or something). And if the quotation is new to you – tough – it is time you got yourself educated properly.