The Man in the Suit of Gold
During the course of the 1920′s Cyril da Costa Andrade bought a rare and important medieval Tyrolean of armour that was damascened in gold. The armour was purchased from Count Von Trapp at Innsbruck in Austria, from the grandfather of the Von Trapp family immortalised in the film “The Sound of Music” starring Richard Plummer and Julie Andrews.
Unfortunately Count Von Trapp refused to part with his suit of armour after Andrade had already paid him for it, which resulted in Andrade having to resort to the high court in Vienna to gain possession.The book portrays many highly entertaining anecdotes surrounding thissuit of armour, (involving amongst others William Randolph Hearst), and then goes on to illustrate the life and times of a truly remarkable individual, who was among the most knowledgeable in his field in the world of important European and Oriental antique ceramics.
He counted amongst his multitude of friends from all over the world many luminaries. On an occasion Nancy Cunard left her fabulous emerald necklace with him for safe keeping whilst she was travelling abroad which he wore around his neck beneath his shirt!Both he and Lady Cunard were amongst the most extra-ordinary
eccentric personalities of the period between the wars.