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Cordell William Firebrace

Captain Cordell William Firebrace (1865-1934) was born in Australia and moved to England where he joined the 7th Hussars. He eventually became a JP and was elected a Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries in 1930. He returned to Australia after his father's death in 1903 to take up an inheritance but continued to spend time in England at Elmstone Court in Kent where he built a grotto in 1909. He was related to Sir Henry Firebrace (1619-1691), who had a crest granted in 1677. It was revived in 1911 presumably to adorn this bookplate. The plant on the left is a tree fern and on the right, an oak, to denote Australia and England, respectively.

Date: 1912

Paper size: 180 x 141 mm

Plate size: 141 x 108 mm

Design: 112 x 79 mm max

Credit: W.P.B. (William Phillips Barrett)

Designer: Robert Osmond (Lee, 1998: 176)

Proof: MH & AH

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