Historical objects with a background speciality in commemorative medals. I cover the period from the Defeat of the Spanish Armada to the early twentieth century. Many of the objects that I handle have strong associations with the event.
Yorkshire, Keighley Agricultural Society, Established 1843, , silver prize, 1846, , KEIGHLEY AGRICULTURAL SOCIETY, ESTABLISHED 1843, 1846, , BEST ROADSTER BROOD MARE/ W. FRITH ESQE, 51 mm, contained in original red leather case. A small test cut on the rim, otherwise good extremely fine, an exceptional medal. £495.00
Policeman Cast Iron Figure, , circa 1840, a uniformed figure of a policeman standing facing, 125 x 38 mm, mounted on a later plinth. Good very fine. £350.00 The uniform of the early "Peelers" consisted of a navy blue swallow-tailed coat with a raised leather collar to protect the officer from garrotting, blue trousers and a stovepipe hat. The importance of distinguishing the police from the military was reflected in the style of uniform. The stovepipe hat was recognisable as popular civilian attire and was believed to give the officer suitable protection from a blow to the head.It was employed until 1865. Each officer carried a truncheon for protection and a rattle for calling assistance.
City of Liverpool, Armorial Plaque, hand painted papier mache, circa 1800, arms and motto of the city with supporters, 540 x 400 mm. Contained in a later frame. Good very fine, a most attractive object. £600.00 The Shield and Crest on the plaque were granted to the Corporation of the City of Liverpool on 22 March 1797, with the Supporters being granted the next day.
The Funeral Barge Which Conveyed the Body of the Late Lord Nelson from Greenwich to Whitehall Jan. 8th 1806, glass print, 1806, by J. Hinton, Nelson's funeral barge leaves Greenwich, 235 x 285 mm, (Le Quesne 27), contained in original frame. Good very fine and scarce. £850.00 The image is a representation of Pugin's view of the scene with the barge being rowed upstream past Greenwich Hospital and Greenwich church.
France, Louis XIV Presentation Sceptre, bone, 1696, Dieppe, the sceptre carved in eight individual pieces joined by a metal core, crowned arms, L. XIV/ 1696, 450 x 25 x 20 mm, contained in original gilt lettered case with a royal crown and inscribed Sceptre 1696/ L. X1V. Missing the knop on the end, otherwise good very fine, excellent workmanship. £950.00 A Dieppe copy circa 1830.
Colonial Elephants Foot Mug, silver, circa 1890, by J. B. & Co. the mug in the form of an elephant's foot with ivory handle, rev. silver mark on the rim, 134 x 118 x 83 mm. Good very fine. £1500.00