TUC Congress Silver Bell

Date: 1927

Maker: Martin Hall

Country: England

Stock Number: 9392

A tall and impressive table bell with Corinthian column handle surmounted by a girl in classical clothing standing on a globe of the world. The bell is heavily engraved all round with TUC insignias and a presentation inscription to George Hicks, founding member of the British Socialist Party and TUC President 1927-1928. Very heavy weight. Loud ring tone. Weight 1337 grams, 43 troy ounces. Height 35 cm. Diameter 12.4 cm. Sheffield 1927. Maker Martin Hall.

Literature: Ernest George Hicks (1879 - 1954), British trades unionist and Labour Party politician. Hicks was one of the founding members of the Socialist Party of Great Britain in 1904 went on to be a prominent trade union leader in the bricklayers' union. Hicks was a member of General Council of the TUC from 1921 to 1941 and served as the TUC President in 1927–1928. Around this time he was also a member of the General Council of the International Federation of Trade Unions.
In a 1931 by-election, Hicks was elected Labour Member of Parliament (MP) for Woolwich East, representing that constituency until 1950. He was Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Works in the wartime coalition government from 1941 to 1945. He died in 1954.

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