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Sir John Newell Jordan

Heirlooms from the Orient comprise this intriguing collection, which belonged to Sir John Newell Jordan, one of Britain’s most eminent diplomats.

Born at Balloo on the outskirts of Bangor in 1852, Sir Jordan travelled widely throughout Asia, gaining an in-depth understanding of the Chinese character and culture, which set him apart from contemporary diplomats. 

This collection includes a variety of ornate Oriental pieces, including carvings, textiles and teapots, as well as a hand-drawn map of the Forbidden City. All of the items were donated to Bangor Borough Council in 1968 by Sir Jordan’s son, Robert.

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