The Law: Brass in Boston

The pride of many an English country church is its brass—not the personages in the pews but the medieval nobles whose likenesses, engraved on brass plates, are lovingly laid into parish floor and wall. Their lively presences have long been prized by those Americans who, on pilgrimage, spend long hours in drafty naves rubbing the images onto paper.* Now, for would-be brass rubbers, the transatlantic trip is no longer necessary. A unique shop in downtown Boston, the London Brass Rubbing Centre, makes available to plate rubbers meticulous plastic copies of top brasses ranging from a rare depiction of a 17th...

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