Richard Armitage 50th Birthday Charity Auction

So! it’s the big 5-0 for our lovely man “la Armitage” on 22nd August 2021.

As per the last few years Guylty will be hosting the charity auctions and this year is like no other because firstly the man himself is involved!

Richard reached out a few weeks ago and generously donated his Guy Of Gisborne leather jacket from the 1st season of the BBC tv series Robin Hood! yikes!

Guylty has written various posts on the jacket and describing in in intricate detail on her blog here and here


The auctions begin on Sunday 15th and I’ve donated a couple pieces of craftiness to the auction again.

First off is something I have previous made for 2 other fandom friends, HOWEVER all 3 sets are different.

It’s a vintage Colclough Fine bone china trio-consisting of a tea cup, saucer and side plate which feature a lovely yellow rose motif which is very beloved of our fandom for featuring in the mini series North and South which featured Richard Armitage alongside a wonderful cast. If you’ve not seen the series yet, I genuinely recommend it, it’s a beautiful piece of historical drama with a huge slice of social history.

The tea set features some of Thornton’s most important lines from the final scene at the train station:

“Where are you going?” on the saucer”

“I found it in the hedgerow” on the side plate

“You’re coming home with me?” on the cup

The lines are written on using a Porcelain Painter pen by Marabu. Once written on the china it is then set permanently by heating in an oven, which means it won’t come off during washing. I don’t recommend putting this item in a dishwasher purely because the gold rim will fade further.

The item is vintage thus does have some wear but no chips, cracks or crazing. I will be enclosing a box of rose tea for the winner (as long as winners country of origin customs allows it)

The second item I made is a collaboration with my lovely chap who runs a laser cutting business. He’s recently been making replica makers plates which would have featured on engines and machinery. It got me thinking about whether there would be one in Malborough Mills-the cotton mill in which North and South Richard character runs his cotton weaving business from.

Master of Malborough Mills

So i explained what I would want on the sign and overnight my chap had designed and cut out for me! He did the base black spray of paint and I hand painted the letters and finally it was given a spray of lacquer for protection. It is however, not suitable for outdoor use(this is engraved on the back too)

This is a representation of one of the real types of plate which did adorn many of the machines in mills of that era. Featuring the iconic yellow rose!

Laser cut and engraved from MDF and hand painted and lacquered. Has 2 screw holes or could be attached to the wall will a foam sticker

Measures 17.5cm x 11cm by 7mm thick.

It’s a little anachronistic, but I think it’s cute and a bit different and hopefully someone in the fandom fancies having this moderately subtle piece of fan art!

Thanks for reading and please do join in with the auctions, there are always so many unusual pieces of Richard Armitage related fan art, articles, etc and obviously the big one! The leather jacket with his “blood and sweat!”

23/08/21 Update, as usual the fans have amazed me with their generosity , the china trio went for 320 euros and the plaque went for 210 euros! It’s very gratifying and humbling to be able to help Guylty raise this money for such a good charity (LOROS via his own just giving page. Thank you all again!)


  1. Thank you for the shout-out, Rachel. And I’ve got to say – your contributions are fabulous! The customised tea set is stunning (I was bidding on a vintage tea set with yellow rose decor just yesterday, but didn’t win it *meh*). And I love the idea of the Marlborough Mills sign. Both sure to get a pretty bid! Thanks for donating these!

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  2. I want them!!! Especially the tea set (I remember you have already told us about it). I crave it!!!!!!!!! But it won’t survive the shipping to Russia, I am afraid. 🀨Though…it could be sent to my London friends address and I will pick it up when I come to London next time. Oh sweet dreams! πŸ˜‚ I have no doubt it will be a very popular lot.

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    1. Well I’m posting it and 2 sets have made it to both Israel and USA in one piece but will happily post to London if you are the winning bidder πŸ˜‡
      Thank you for your kind words

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  3. These two entries are so fabulous! I also love the photo frame of JT photobombing in the background ! I know both of these will go high as they definitely should as they are both so creative and really capture the essence of N and S πŸ€—β€οΈ

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  4. Both contributions are wonderful! My family has a thing for yellow roses now – my sister in law and sister both bought and planted a yellow rose in their gardens with the same name as my deceased nephew. Both said it would bloom for a long time and snarl very fragrant. Often there were a few flowers just on that rose bush on my nephew’s birthday. They’ve both moved now. Waiting for my sister to move into her new build property before planting more if these roses. ❀️

    I imagine John Thornton would have been very proud of his nameplates! πŸ‘πŸ˜Ž

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  5. Two wonderful works! Bravo! πŸ˜ŽπŸ‘πŸ‘

    Yellow roses are very dear to my family – my sister & sister-in-law both planted a yellow rose bush that had the same name as my deceased nephew. My SIL said it used to flower for the longest time, with lovely fragrance. Often a few flowers on his birthday. ❀️πŸ˜ͺ

    Both have moved and my brother & SIL are waiting to settle into their new build, so they can plant some more. 😘

    The teacup set is a great happy reminder to me. ❀️πŸ₯°

    John Thornton would be proud of such a nameplate! πŸ‘πŸ’ͺπŸ‘β€οΈπŸ˜˜

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  6. You and your man have done in again, Rachel; such perfect, beautiful items! I don’t have a chance in hell of winning either of them but am 100% certain they will fetch a good amount of money. Thank you for writing this post so we can see your lovely work. xo

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  7. That photograph with RA’s tongue! What on earth does he mean by that expression? I am so pleased that you kindly donated the beautiful tea set. It is such a clever idea and so is the crafty plate. I bet they will raise a lot for Lorus.

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