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Size: 48cm high, 47cm dia - 19 ins high, 18½ ins dia.
Cast from his Collection of Ancient Roman Bronze and Silver Coins by Bryan Faussett in 1766 for his Kent Residence near Canterbury, Heppington House
By descent to Captain Sir Bryan Godfrey-Faussett GCVOCMG (1863 - 1945)
Thence by descent
Faussett formed an impressive collection of Anglo-Saxon finds mainly of objects of personal adornment, including the gold ‘Kingston Brooch’, all of which remained almost unknown after his death until it was exhibited in 1844 by his ancestor Dr Godfrey-Faussett at the Canterbury Archaeological Association. In 1853 it was offered to the British Museum who declined it. After some outcry was raised to no effect, the entire collection was sold to Joseph Mayer in 1855 who bequeathed it to the Liverpool Museum.
From 1914 to 1919, during the 1st World War the bell hung over the Police Station in Hyde Park and was sounded to warn the public of approaching air raids. Sir Bryan Godfrey-Faussett lived in the Ranger’s Lodge in Hyde Park and after the Great War gave the bell to the Museum of London on extended loan. It was returned to the family upon request in 2005.