Silver Gilt Presentation Casket awarded to Abelman
Silver Gilt Presentation Casket awarded to Abelman
Silver Gilt Presentation Casket awarded to Abelman
Silver Gilt Presentation Casket awarded to Abelman

ELKINGTON & CO LTD, BIRMINGHAM (worked c.1849-c.1906)

Silver Gilt Presentation Casket awarded to Abelman

c. 1891 England

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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, dated 1891.
Excellent
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'.
Dimensions
Height 18.00 cm (7.09 inches)
Width 27.00 cm (10.63 inches)
Depth 10.50 cm (4.13 inches)
Stock Code
8890
Medium
Silver gilt
Signed/Inscribed
Hallmarked by Elkington, dated 1891
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