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A Silver Gilt Presentation Casket awarded to Alderman Abel Heywood

A Silver Gilt Presentation Casket awarded to Alderman Abel Heywood

Dimensions Casket: H: 7.25 in / 18 cm  |  W: 10.75 in / 27 cm  |  D: 4 in / 10.5 cm
Dimensions Case: H 10.5 in / 26.67 cm  |  W: 16 in / 40.64 cm   |  D: 10 in / 25.4 cm

17521

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. 

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 staus 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’.

REF No. 8890

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