Dominus custodiat introitum tuum et exitum tuum
It is, as you can see, an "In or Out? board" from some Jesuit college or seminary (or so I judge from the Jesuit motto "Ad Maiorem Dei Gloriam" abbreviated at the top). It has a list of names below (Archbishop Roberts, Fr Brodrick, Fr Crehan and so forth) and you pull out a sliding knob at the side, to reveal the "out" sign.
Just below AMDG is what I take to be a Jesuitical joke..."May the Lord guard your coming and your going" is taken from the Office for the Dead. "Coming" and "going" in the original meaning "birth" and "death" -- not, as here, "goiing out" to the shops, or whatever.
I liked that. But noone else did apparently, as the poor thing failed to reach its reserve price, and we bought it after the sale for its lowest estimate. The truth was we had actually put a higher bid in by fax, but for some reason the fax hadnt got through -- so in my terms it was a, sort of, bargain.
But where is it from? That's where I need your help.
To judge from the names and matching them up with Jesuit places, I have come to the conclusion that it was once in Campion Hall, Oxford. Can anyone confirm?
As for other interior decor news, I can report that the bath has made its journey downstairs -- and it is now waiting for installation in the new bathromm. (Sorry Lord Truth, not the photo you have been waiting for.)