19th Century Silver Gilt Presentation Casket Awarded to Alderman Abel Heywood For Sale
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19th Century Silver Gilt Presentation Casket Awarded to Alderman Abel Heywood

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An Elkington & Company Silver Gilt Presentation Casket Hall Marked for Birmingham, 1891 and the maker; the casket, in the Victorian Gothic manner, with cluster columns at the angles, with fascias of lancet arches dressed with trefoils, and has a canted hinged top, bearing the Manchester Coat of arms enamelled on the finial, with the motif 'Concilio et Labore' ( Diligence and Labour), opening to reveal a silk lined interior; with inscriptions dedicating the box to Alderman Abel Heywood, JP (qv), at his being granted 'Freedom of the City of Manchester', contained within a glazed case bearing similar inscriptions. Birmingham, England. Alderman Abel Heywood ( 1810-1893) a self-taught striver came from a poor family, possessing typical Victorian zeal to improve the lot of the working class, becoming a bookseller and publisher, notably of 'Penny Guides', directing workers to use the newly installed railways to improve their knowledge and vision; he appears to have been a firebrand, often at odds with authority on his chosen mission to educate the poor, and occasionally being jailed for his attempts to upset the status quo; becoming Mayor of Manchester on two occasions ( 1862/3 & 1866/7); in this capacity he oversaw the construction of the Town Hall, and its' clock bell is known as 'Great Abel', and his self-chosen motto 'Ring out the False, Ring in the True'.

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  • Date of Manufacture
    Dated 1891
  • Period
  • Materials and Techniques
    GiltVermeil
  • Condition
    Excellent
  • Wear
    Wear consistent with age and use.
  • Dimensions
    H 7.5 in. x W 10.5 in. x D 4 in.H 19.05 cm x W 26.67 cm x D 10.16 cm
  • Seller Location
    London, GB
  • Seller Reference Number
    8890
  • Reference Number
    LU95479842313
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