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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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.
Thanks for posting the pic, and I agree - it looks Byzantine, or, as suggested in the article, Russian.
Maybe they are pushing a Templar connection in order to gin up interest in the sale.
More evidence of Globalwarming.
I'm sure (FReeper) paulycy @ #30..the official inquisitors; can verify (the worthiness of) those antiquities, I expect. :)