OF MANCHESTER SHIP CANAL INTEREST: A Victorian electroplated novelty table cruet by Lee & Wigfall for Elkington & Co. circa 1894
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OF MANCHESTER SHIP CANAL INTEREST: A Victorian electroplated novelty table cruet by Lee & Wigfall for Elkington & Co. circa 1894
Sold for £875 (US$ 1,366) inc. premium

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OF MANCHESTER SHIP CANAL INTEREST: A Victorian electroplated novelty table cruet by Lee & Wigfall for Elkington & Co. circa 1894 OF MANCHESTER SHIP CANAL INTEREST: A Victorian electroplated novelty table cruet by Lee & Wigfall for Elkington & Co. circa 1894 OF MANCHESTER SHIP CANAL INTEREST: A Victorian electroplated novelty table cruet by Lee & Wigfall for Elkington & Co. circa 1894 OF MANCHESTER SHIP CANAL INTEREST: A Victorian electroplated novelty table cruet by Lee & Wigfall for Elkington & Co. circa 1894 OF MANCHESTER SHIP CANAL INTEREST: A Victorian electroplated novelty table cruet by Lee & Wigfall for Elkington & Co. circa 1894
OF MANCHESTER SHIP CANAL INTEREST: A Victorian electroplated novelty table cruet
by Lee & Wigfall for Elkington & Co. circa 1894
The oval frame depicting a dock, (inscribed Daniel Adamson) with an anchor and a lighthouse mustard pot, two cargo vessels, (inscribed Lord Egerton and W.Bailey Mayor) with spoons for salt and a basket for pepper, rope twist and crossed oars border, raised on four creatures with ball feet, 28 x 20cm.

Footnotes

  • By the latter half of the 19th century, Manchester had become a major industrial city, with the cotton industry and technology in the engineering and manufacture of machinery for textile production. As it was a landlocked city, all goods had to be transported by road or rail to Liverpool docks in order to be exported abroad, and incoming goods were delivered by the same route.

    Liverpool tolls and harbour dues were prohibitive and significantly reduced profitability. Oldham merchants were quoted as saying that it was cheaper to send their goods the 100 miles by road to the port of Hull on the east coast than to transport them the 35 miles to Liverpool.

    The first moves to alter the situation was an idea made by Daniel Adamson, a leading local industrialist, he called a meeting to form the Manchester Ship Canal Company on 1st January 1882 at his home at "The Towers" in Didsbury.

    The company needed to raise £5million before work could begin, and this was raised by floating a share issue. Construction began in November 1887, when the first turf was ceremonially cut at Eastham by the new chairman, Lord Egerton of Tatton. Earlier that year, Adamson had resigned as chairman, and was to die shortly after. The project contractor was Thomas Walker, an experienced and celebrated civil engineer who had already been involved in the building of the Severn Tunnel for the Great Western Railway Company.

    The canal is some 36 miles long, construction took six years at a cost of approximately £15 million (about £1.7 billion today) and opened on the 1st January 1894. On the 21st May Queen Victoria officially opened the canal.

    Daniel Adamson (30 April 1820 – 13 January 1890) was a notable English engineer who became a successful manufacturer of boilers.

    William Bailey (1838 - 22 November 1913) was a notable engineer and Mayor of Salford, he was knighted by Queen Victoria on the 21st May.

    Wilbraham Egerton, 1st Earl Egerton (17 January 1832 – 16 March 1909) was an English Conservative Party politician and the second Chairman of the ship canal from 1887 - 1894.

    Sir Edward Leader Williams (28 April 1828 – 1 January 1910) was an English civil engineer, chiefly remembered as the designer of the Manchester Ship Canal, he was knighted by Queen Victoria on the 2nd July 1894.

    A matching example is held by the Manchester Art Gallery.
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