Ian Eaves

Ian Eaves has worked with Thomas Del Mar since 1996.

Ian’s considerable experience started at the age of ten with his first school project on armour. In 1978 he became Keeper of Armour at the Royal Armouries in the Tower of London, a position he held until 1996.  Since then he has worked as a freelance arms and armour consultant for a number of prominent institutions and collections including The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, The Art Institute, Chicago, The Higgins Armory Museum, Worcester, Massachusetts, The Philadelphia Museum of Art, The Royal Collection Trust, London, The Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge, The Worshipful Company of Armourers and Braziers, London and the National Army Museum, London. 

Ian is a Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries, London, has served as President of the Arms and Armour Society for twenty years and was appointed a Member of the Royal Victorian Order by H.M. The Queen for services to the Royal Collection in 2016. 

Ian’s work has been widely published and includes: Arms & Armour in the Collection of Her Majesty the Queen: European Armour, London, 2016; Catalogue of European Armour at the Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge 2002; The Armoury of the Castle of Churburg, Vol, II, London, 1996, (language consultant); and Armour of the Retinue of William Herbert, 1st Earl of Pembroke, in The Olympia Antique Arms Fair [Guide], London, 30 September 2017. He has also published a number of articles and reviews for the Journal of the Arms and Armour Society, Apollo magazine, Waffen- und Kostümkunde, Burlington Magazine, Council for British Archaeology and Livrustkammaren.



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