Armory v delamirie. A finder of an object has a property interest which is not absolute but is sufficient to allow the finder to keep the object against all claims but those made by the rightful owner. Armory sued for the return of the jewel or for its value. Armory plaintiff a chimney sweep found a jewel in the course of his duties. Delamirie 1 strange 505 1722is an old english case that concerns the superiority of title of a prior possessor in the discovery of lost property.
It is one of the first cases that established possession as a valuable property right and as evidence of ownership. This lawbrain entry is about a case that is commonly studied in law school. The jeweller offers to buy the ring minus the precious stone from armory for three halfpence. Delamiries apprentice appropriated the jewel through deceit and refused to return it to armory.
Bare possession is sufficient title against a wrongdoer. Delamirie 1722 1 strange 504. Armory plaintiff was a window sweepers child. Delamirie case brief rule of law.
The jewellers apprentice takes out the precious stone and steals it. He took the jewel to delamirie defendant a goldsmith for purposes of appraisal. Armory found a jewel and brought the jewel to the delamiries defendant shop. Definition of armory v.
He takes the ring to a jeweller delamirie to be valued.