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To celebrate Vikings Live, we have replaced our Roman alphabet with the runic alphabet used by the Vikings, the Scandinavian ‘Younger Futhark’. The ‘Younger Futhark’ has only 16 letters, so we have used some of the runic letters more than once or combined two runes for one Roman letter.

For an excellent introduction to runes, we recommend Martin Findell’s book published by British Museum Press.

More information about how we have ‘runified’ this site


Courtenay Adrian Ilbert (Biographical details)

Courtenay Adrian Ilbert (collector; Male; 1888 - 1956)

Also known as

Ilbert, Courtenay Adrian


Leading collector of horological material, whose collection was acquired by the British Museum in 1958. The Ilbert Collection of clocks, prints and other related material was destined to be sold at Christie's auction house on 6th-7th November 1958. As a result of the generous donation of funds by Gilbert Edgar CBE the sale was cancelled and the material purchased privately from the beneficiaries of the Ilbert Estate.
Ilbert's watches were then acquired with further funds from Gilbert Edgar CBE, public donations and government funds. These were then registered in the series 1958,1201.


Obituary: 'Horological Journal'. Mar 1956.Vol.98. pp.172.
Obituary: 'Horological Journal'. Apr 1956. Vol.98. pp.228-231.
Obituary: 'Antiquarian Horology'. Jun 1956. Vol.I. pp.168.
'Horological Journal'. Jun 1955. The Ilbert collection. E. Hillary. pp.366-435
'Antiquarian Horology' The Ilbert collection of clocks & watches. P.G. Dawson, C.B.Drover, H.Quill, R.K.Foulkes, M.Hurst, L. Hurst, F.H. Knowles-Brown. Dec 1958. Vol II, pp.161-178.
'Antiquarian Horology'. Dec 2010. C.A. Ilbert, horological collector, part1.P. Buck.Vol.32. pp.499-516.