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Queen Victoria and Prince Albert Stonemason's Mallet

$18,850

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This exceptional and one-of-a-kind wooden mallet commemorates the marriage of Queen Victoria and Prince Albert, which occurred on February 10, 1840. Exquisitely carved into its base are portrait busts of the young royals in their wedding garb, surrounded by their names and framed by an intricate network of guilloche decoration. Around the perimeter of its base, the decorative carving continues, culminating in a finely curved and polished handle. This object is an elegant and unique tribute to two of England's most iconic and revered rulers. The object itself is known as a stonemason's mallet, or setting maul, and is traditionally used in the final stages of masonry to tap a setting stone firmly into mortar. This setting maul, however, is far too decorative to have been created for that purpose. A mallet as exceptional in quality and craftsmanship as this one would have instead been used for a special ceremonial purpose. These mallets are important symbolic objects in Freemasonry (of which Queen Victoria’s father, Prince Edward, and later her son, Prince Albert Edward, were long-time supporters) meaning this mallet would almost certainly have been a prized possession of a Masonic Lodge in England. Signed by watchmaker J. Lowe of Darwen, the piece was almost certainly commissioned by a local Masonic Lodge at the time of the royal wedding. This mallet has been lathe-turned to form the delicate carving that envelops it and would have required an artisan with incredible skill. The end result is a stunningly rare object befitting its important ceremonial use and a remembrance of the wedding of the century. Signed "J. Lowe/Watchmaker/Darwen", circa 1840 Measures: 4 3/4" diameter x 8 5/8" high.

Details

  • Dimensions
    Height: 8.63 in. (21.93 cm)Diameter: 4.75 in. (12.07 cm)
  • Style
    Victorian (Of the Period)
  • Materials and Techniques
  • Place of Origin
  • Period
  • Date of Manufacture
    circa 1840
  • Condition
    Repaired: Appropriate antique condition for age.
  • Seller Location
    New Orleans, LA
  • Reference Number
    Seller: 31-23931stDibs: LU891121749052

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    $110 Standard Parcel Shipping
    to anywhere in the world, arrives in 3-5 weeks.
    We recommend this shipping type based on item size, type and fragility.
    Ships From: New Orleans, LA
  • Return Policy

    A return for this item may be initiated within 7 days of delivery.

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