I've recently aquired a certificate to hang on the wall in my restaurant. The more I study it the more interested I become on finding out a bit about the recipient. Leonard Martin James. Any ideas where I can start looking......
I'm assuming this was presented when M. James was made a member. It is a Chromolithograph, measuring 16" x 13" plus border, with the name, date etc inscribed in calligraphy. It reads thus:
>M. Leonard Martin James
>a ete reconnu dinge de faire partie de la Confrerie des
>Chevaliers de Tastevin
>fait et donne au Chateau du Clos de Vougeot en Bourgogne, le 5 Mai 1956
>It is signed by Le Grand Chancelier ( poss. Roisier ? ) and
>Le Grand Maitre de l'Ordre ( poss Faivelly ? )
>It has the arms of Nuits and of Bourgogne and is richly decorated with gold (leaf?)
>It is not numbered.
>Being a chef and Restaurateur anything like this interests me. I was hoping there might be a register in Bourgogne with some background. I'm assuming the gentleman was English and there can't have been many Englishmen in the Confrerie in the 1950's.
All the best