Great Exhibition Interest: A Victorian silver presentation cheroot case,
To be sold on behalf of a charity by the descendants of the original presentee.
T C Mills was the London Freight Manager of the London & North West Railway Company and, as such, he was responsible for the logistics of moving the 1.5 million square feet of glass and many thousands of tons of ironwork for the construction of the Crystal Palace from the Midlands to the site in Hyde Park.
The Crystal Palace was designed by Joseph Paxton, formerly head gardener at Chatsworth House, where he had experimented with glass and iron in the creation of large greenhouses. The project was engineered by William Cubitt and the steel was supplied by Charles Fox. Due to its innovative modular design and construction techniques, the building was ready in nine months and all three were knighted for the success of the project.
Fox was an engineer who had been involved in innovative steel construction since 1837 when Robert Stephenson appointed him as one of the engineers on the London and Birmingham Railway, later part of the London and North West. During the late 19th century, the L&NWR was the largest joint stock company in the world.