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The article on manorial titles uploaded earlier for this current issue prompted more enquiries from readers asking if this or that vendor could be trusted, as we did in fact expect from our experience following other articles on this subject.

We have now decided to introduce a procedure to deal with this often quite taxing unbudgeted and unrewarded work. We do intend to assist our readers where we can do so, but we hope to minimise the disruption to our more normal work.

We propose that anyone (or anyone's friend) offered a "feudal title", "noble title", "lordship" or "peerage" should ask the vendor to arrange for authentication by the Editor of The Baronage Press <>. If the vendor declines to do so, the potential purchaser should take this into account when deciding whether to proceed.

Certificate of authentication and registration
When we were asked by a trustee to authenticate a manorial lordship his trust wished to sell, the Editor, with the research complete, authorised a certificate of authenticity similar to the one illustrated here. Certificates may be produced with varying amounts of additional decoration, according to the wishes of the client, and will include together with the client's armorial achievement the arms of notable men who held the relevant feudal title previously. (Prices are quoted on request.)
Rooks, an old English saw insists, build their nests with only two types of sticks ~ crooked ones and straight ones. Some agents dealing in feudal titles are rooks ~ they do offer genuine titles from time to time. The existence of valid titles will keep the market open, but the existence of those few valid titles will never justify imprudent, unauthenticated purchases.

Caveat Emptor ~ Manorial Titles
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