• Property from the Collection o auction at Christies

    Sale 7819

    Property from the Collection of HRH The Prince George, Duke of Kent KG, KT, and HRH Princess Marina, Duchess of Kent CI, GCVO and their families

    20 November 2009, London, King Street

  • Lot 204

    A VICTORIAN SILVER AND IVORY TROWEL

    MARK OF HENRY AND HENRY LIAS, LONDON, 1870

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    A VICTORIAN SILVER AND IVORY TROWEL
    MARK OF HENRY AND HENRY LIAS, LONDON, 1870
    The blade engraved on the front with a later coat-of-arms, with a zig-zag border, the back engraved with a later inscription, with a carved ivory handle, marked on back, in a fitted mahogany case
    14¼ in. (36 cm.) long
    The arms are those of Solihull.

    The inscription reads 'This Trowel was used by H.R.H. the Duchess of Kent when laying the foundation stone of Solihull Civic Hall on 27th October 1960'.


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    The Civic Hall was completed in 1960 and opened by H.M. The Queen on 25 May 1962. It was later demolished in 1998, having been sold by the council in 1982.

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