A silver mounted and wood wheel barrow, Presented to Gladstone
Lot 45
Of Political and Railway interest; A late Victorian and silver mounted wheel barrow and shovel, by Walker & Hall, Sheffield 1892, incuse stamped "Manufactured by Walker & Hall silversmiths Sheffield"
£20,000 - 25,000
US$ 32,000 - 40,000
amended

Lot Details
Of Political and Railway interest; A late Victorian and silver mounted wheel barrow and shovel, by Walker & Hall, Sheffield 1892, incuse stamped "Manufactured by Walker & Hall silversmiths Sheffield" Of Political and Railway interest; A late Victorian and silver mounted wheel barrow and shovel, by Walker & Hall, Sheffield 1892, incuse stamped "Manufactured by Walker & Hall silversmiths Sheffield"
Of Political and Railway interest; A late Victorian and silver mounted wheel barrow and shovel,
by Walker & Hall, Sheffield 1892, incuse stamped "Manufactured by Walker & Hall silversmiths Sheffield"
the wheel barrow applied with a silver presentation cartouche, silver handle grips and silver covers on the two feet, both cartouches are engraved with the following inscription "Presented by the Chairman and Directors of the Manchester, Sheffield and Lincolshire Ry., Co,m The Right Hon W. E. Gladstone. On the occasion of his cutting of the first sod of the Wirral Railway from Hawarden Bridge to Birkenhead 21st Ocotober 1892".

Footnotes

  • William Ewart Gladstone was born in Liverpool on 29th December 1809, and he was the fourth son of Sir John Gladstone and was educated at Eton and Christ College. It was at Oxford the he developed a fine reputation an orator and his political leanings were Tory. Gladstone's father was a friend of the Duke of Newcastle and in 1832 Newcastle was looking for a Conservative Party candidate for his Newark constituency, Gladstone Senior suggested his son would make a good MP.

    William held many political and board posts and in 1843 was vice president of the board of trade, the following year he was promoted to the post president. It was in this year that Gladstone introduce the "Railway Bill" - known as the Parliamentary trains. These Parliamentary trains had to stop at every station and not travel more then 12 miles an hour.

    W.E. Gladstone served as Prime Minister on four separate occasion 1868-74, 1880 -85, 1886, and 1892 - 94, as a Liberal member of Parliament.

    The Wirral Railway (WR) was incorporated in 1863 as the Hoylake Railway (HR), with powers to build lines from Birkenhead to New Brighton, and to Parkgate on the western side of the Wirral Peninsula; the latter line was not built. Between 1872 and 1882 the HR was renamed twice, and extensions of the line from Hoylake to West Kirby and to Seacombe in Wallasey were authorised. The line was incorporated as the Wirral Railway in 1882.

    The entire railway network was reformed under the "Railways Act of 1921", and 1923 London Midland and Scottish Railway (LMS) was created. This saw many of the smaller networks merge.

Saleroom notices

  • The barrow is 115cm long and the shovel is 95cm long.
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