Skip to comments.Delighted antiques dealer discovers 1,300-year-old Knights Templar relic at car boot sale
Posted on 08/03/2009 9:38:22 PM PDT by BlackVeil
An antiques dealer has picked up what could be a priceless church relic dating back 1,300 years at a car boot sale. The small piece of painted wood is believed to have come from a box which the Knights Templar used to protect religious items as they moved across Europe during the Crusades of the Middle Ages. Quite how this ornate piece of wood found its way to a car boot sale in Yorkshire is anyone's guess. But it could bring Leeds antiques dealer Martin Roberts a big windfall at the next stop on its unlikely journey - an auction house in London. Martin Roberts with his find: The 'Knights Templar' tabarnacle door which could date back to 700AD Analysts believe the item, which measures 10 inches by four inches, is the lid or door from a tabernacle and could be 1,300 years old. ... Mr Roberts took the tabernacle door to a friend in Doncaster who, after studying the item's intricate design, thought Jesus and St George were illustrated. He then showed it to other colleagues in the trade, who suggested that the pictures may in fact depict an angel and a Roman horseman killing a Turk. He said most of his friends agreed that the piece was probably of Eastern European or Russian origin, but no one could say precisely what it was with any certainty. 'The first thing they all told me was, "It's old",' he said, 'but they found it difficult to tell exactly how old it was. 'Most experts are of the view that this piece was more than likely from a tabernacle which the Knights Templar would have used to carry the sacrament and other religious items.'
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My car doesn't wear boots, but in the winter, I put chains on the tires... :0)
Yes. The Templars were founded shortly after the capture of Jerusalem in the early 1100s and destroyed by the monster king Phillip the Fair of France in 1307.
"I was wondering where I put that box!"
Very cool. Pardon my ignorance, but what the heck is a “car boot sale”? Is that like a flea market or swap meet?
If it's not on crushed velvet with either Elvis or Dogs Playing poker as the subject, then I really have no idea what it is or when it was made.
I’m no expert, but it reminds me of a lot of European early midieval art. The colors , however, seem almost too vivid to be 900 years old. Just my ignorant observation ...
Exactly like a swap meet or flea market. It mean's selling crap out of the trunk (boot) of your car.
I think I recognize the guy on the right from a Monty Python sketch.
He does bear a striking resemblance to John Cleese and the guy to the immediate left could be Eric Idle. I'm positive that the guy on the top is Billy Dee Williams in his Lando Calrissian costume. And, the guy on the bottom could be Harry Potter, or George Stephenopolous.
If my memory serves me right a "car booth" is British for car trunk.
Therefore I venture to guess, it is about someone selling things out of car's trunk somewhere.
GOD: Arthur! Arthur, King of the Britons! Oh, don’t grovel! If
there’s one thing I can’t stand, it’s people groveling.
GOD: And don’t apologize. Every time I try to talk to someone it’s
“sorry this” and “forgive me that” and “I’m not worthy”. What are you
ARTHUR: I’m averting my eyes, oh Lord.
GOD: Well, don’t. It’s like those miserable Psalms— they’re so
depressing. Now knock it off!
ARTHUR: Yes, Lord.
GOD: Right! Arthur, King of the Britons — your Knights of the Round
Table shall have a task to make them an example in these dark times.
ARTHUR: Good idea, oh Lord!
GOD: ‘Course it’s a good idea! Behold! Arthur, this is the Holy
Grail. Look well, Arthur, for it is your sacred task to seek
this Grail. That is your purpose, Arthur — the Quest for the
ARTHUR: A blessing!
LAUNCELOT: A blessing from the Lord!
GALAHAD: God be praised!
This is what they thought about the Sistine Chapel until it was cleaned. Because they had used candles for lighting, there was soot and other things. The Italian govt spend tens of millions to clean it. Once it was cleaned - they were shocked at the vivid colors. Some people said they ruined it etc. I know it is not 900 years old but some old artwork was suprisingly bright.
If you’re going to decipher Brit. speak about cars remember the boot is our trunk, the bonnet is our hood, the wind screen is our wind shield, a spanner is our wrench, petrol is our gasoline, left is our right and the manuals incomprehensible.
The Lucas motto: “Get home before dark.”
Don't forget the insufferable electrical problems and the unending oil leaks. My dad used to say, if you want a reliable and unending supply of oil, buy a British car and park in your garage for the weekend.
The bottom figure does indeed to be wearing the garb of a Roman legionnaire, and I wonder if that is not intended to be Constantine. The problem, though is that the figure under the horse looks moorish to me, which would be anachronistic.
Here is a statue of Constantine:
The top figure appears to be Christ.
The second row could be a bishop on the left, and a Christian King on the right (Charlemagne?)
A friend asked what he should do to fix his old Jag and I recommended a small block GM engine. Deed done he had a pretty good car.
Perhaps the expert, Technical Editor, could tell of its’ authenticity?
Yes, some of the electrical systems seem like revenge on the buyer.
It may have held the Holy Handgrenade of Antioch...
Templars did not muck about.
to me, the story seems all wrong, “1,300 yrs old” etc.
It looks Eastern Orthodox or Armenian Orthodox.
The guy on the left in red is definitely Brother Maynard.
Lucas, the Prince of Darkness. Bert, you forgot the fluffless cloth.
I was fluff-strated.
Thanks BlackVeil. All, please note, the term is used in quotes in the article body. The Knights Templar only began early in the 12th century.
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And "Asian" means anti-social Muslim immigrant.
It’s like “tailgate party” or “truck patch.” Stuff we make up to separate furrin’ spies from native citizens.
And make’m pay for it, too ... I like it!
Now I’ve got to go home tonight after work and find my Holy Grail VHS copy! Thanks alot!
Jacques de Molay the last Grand Master of the Order of The Poor Fellow-Soldiers of Christ and of the Temple of Solomon (the Knights Templar) supposedly demanded that the King and the Pope meet him “before the Throne of God” to answer for their crimes, and both died within the year.
Charlemagne is who I first thought of as well, for that figure on the middle right.
Some cars wear bras.
I think I have a Holy Grail in my kitchen cabinet. I wonder what it’d bring on ebay.
Prepare for Zot! < /sarc >
And you use rubbers AFTER you make a mistake (erase pencil scribblings).
This is really funny, but where I came from (Philippines) “rubbers” is our terminilogy for tennis shoes.
I think they’ve also been used to describe rain boots.
Yeah, that Pope was, I believe, the first of the Avignon French Popes and the one before him was beat up so bad by Philip the Fair’s thugs he died.
The late Medieval Papacy was a blueprint for how NOT to run a church.
omigod! They’ve discovered the lid of the box that was carrying the Holy Grail!
That must mean it fell out on the road somewhere in England as it was being moved by the Templars.
I can smell a new best-seller from a mile away.
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