BLAIR, Claude. British, b. 1922. Genres: Archaeology/Antiquities, Art/Art history. Career: Consultant, Christie's, London, since 1982. Assistant, Tower of London Armouries, 1951-56; Hon. Ed., Journal of Arms and Armour Society, 1953-77. Keeper of Metalwork, Victorian and Albert Museum, London, 1972-82 (Assistant Keeper of Metalwork, 1966-72; Deputy Keeper, 1966-72). Publications: European Armour, 1958; European and American Arms, 1962; Pistols of the World, 1968; Three Presentation Swords in the Victoria and Albert Museum, 1972; The James A. de Rothschild Collection at Waddesdon Manor: Arms, Armour and Base Metalwork, 1974. EDITOR: Pollard's History of Firearms, 1983; The History of Silver, 1987; Scottish Firearms, 1995; (and contrib.) The Crown Jewels, 1998. Address: 90 Links Rd, Ashtead, Surrey KT2I 2HW, England.