Antique Silver Presentation Shovel

Date: 1921

Maker: Martin Hall

Country: England

Stock Number: 7707

A small antique sterling silver spade engraved to the front with a horticultural inscription to RW Allen, the High Sheriff of Bedfordshire, on the opening of the allotments at Queens Engineering Works. Weight 268 grams, 8.6 troy ounces. Length 31 cms. Sheffield 1921. Maker Martin Hall & Co.

Literature: A presentation trowel was traditionally given to commemorate laying the foundation stone of a building. It should bear an inscription with the name of the dignitary laying the stone, the building and the date of commencement (or completion) of the project. Special examples can sometimes have an engraved representation of the building. On rare occasions a life size presentation shovel was given to commemorate "the turning of the first sod".

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