A silver presentation 'Bentley/Bill Cotton' rosebowl, hallmarked London 1925,
Lot 177
A silver presentation 'Bentley/Bill Cotton' rosebowl, hallmarked London 1925,
Sold for £6,250 (US$ 10,064) inc. premium

Lot Details
A silver presentation 'Bentley/Bill Cotton' rosebowl, hallmarked London 1925, A silver presentation 'Bentley/Bill Cotton' rosebowl, hallmarked London 1925, A silver presentation 'Bentley/Bill Cotton' rosebowl, hallmarked London 1925,
A silver presentation 'Bentley/Bill Cotton' rosebowl, hallmarked London 1925,
the outer bowl by Wakely and Wheeler, with later inset decorative rim and liner, fitted with central flying 'B' motif, engraved 'To Wilkie Wilkinson', the inset rim surrounded by raised inscription 'For engineering perfection, selection & inspection, for pre-race excellence', the liner engraved 'September 25th 1929', Brooklands, Weybridge, Surrey.' 1st Prize £50 & Rosebowl, presented by W O Bentley, Design and Engineering Department, Cricklewood & The van Den Plas Coachworks, 29cm diameter, together with a complimentary post card from J.G.Hamilton, Station Road Garage, Tiverton, Devon, typed, with details of the presentation.

Footnotes

  • William Edward Cotton, (1899-1969)
    Billy Cotton, was born in Lambeth, London. He was a British band leader and entertainer, one of the few whose orchestra survived the dance band era. Today, he is mainly remembered as a 1950s and 60s radio and television personality, although his musical talent emerged as early as the 1920s. In his younger years Billy Cotton was also an amateur footballer, a power-boat enthusiast, an accomplished racing driver, a boxer and the owner of a Gipsy Moth which he piloted himself.

    Walter Ernest "Wilkie" Wilkinson, (1903-2001)
    Born in Friern Barnet, Hertfordshire. As an outstanding Racing mechanic Wilkinson was mostly known as one of the technical geniuses of the post war era. However he also did some racing. Wilkinson was born in London in 1903, the fifth son of a printer. At an age of 14 he joined Blakers Motor and Welding Company in East Finchley in 1917. In 1924 he moved to Dorset to work as a coach driver and mechanic. In 1929 he joined the firm L. C. Rawlence in Landon, which imported Italian cars. Through them he got the chance to race as riding mechanic to Giulio Ramponi on the Ards circuit in Ireland. Later Wilkinson was riding mechanic to George Eyston at the 1931 Brooklands 12-Hour race. Next he became chief mechanic to Kenneth Evans. He also prepared Billy Cotton's cars. In 1938 he shared the driving in Cotton's ERA at the Donington Grand Prix, finishing 7th. During the war in charge of a test shop for aircraft propellers. He worked for Reg Parnell between 1947 and 1950 before joining Ecurie Ecosse. The D type Jaguars prepared by Wilkinson took victory at the 1956 and 1957 Le Mans. Wilkinson did also some post war racing himself, his last season being 1952 in a Bristol-Cooper. Wilkinson worked for BRM between 1961 and 1972 before retiring. Wilkinson spent his last years mostly in the Caribbean.
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