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Burke’s Armorial Printing Blocks
The switch over to modern printing technology made redundant the carefully chiselled printing blocks Burke’s had used for the Peerage and the Landed Gentry directories since the early 19th century. Some were sold to the heads of the families represented in those books, and the remainder are now to be available to any family members who wish to preserve a unique memento of their history.
The blocks may be used for their original purpose, to print the full armorial achievement by which the family is known, or the metal may be removed from the wood and then polished and framed as a picture for display.

Interest in acquiring any of these valuable antiques may be registered on the form accessible by clicking here.

As an example we reproduce here, at reduced size, the printing block of the arms of the Prince of Wales together with a copy of their appearance in the Peerage directory.
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