Antique Silver Trowel

Date: 1923

Maker: Vaughton & Sons

Country: England

Stock Number: 8003

An unusual antique sterling silver trowel with a presentation inscription to LS Amery MP from the Unionist Club Ward End Birmingham on the front side. The blade edge has a pierced lacework border and the handle is mounted with a figural rams head. Would make an ideal cake slice. Length 31 cms. Width 10.5 cms. Birmingham 1923. Maker Vaughton & Sons.

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".

Signed/Inscribed: Leopold Charles Maurice Stennett Amery CH (22 November 1873 – 16 September 1955), usually known as Leo Amery or L. S. Amery, was a British Conservative Party politician and journalist, noted for his interest in military preparedness, India, and the British Empire.

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