20 November 2009,
London, King Street
Price Realised GBP 812
Estimate GBP 400 - GBP 600
TWO GEORGE V SILVER AND EBONISED WOOD TROWELS
BIRMINGHAM, 1931, MAKER'S MARK J.F
The handles each engraved with inscriptions and with turned wood handles, each marked on the back
9½ in. (24.1 cm.)
The inscriptions read 'DERWEN CRIPPLES SETTLEMENT FOUNDATION STONE LAID BY H.R.H. PRINCE GEORGE K.G., G.C.V.O., R.N. JANUARY 21ST 1932' and
'SHROPSHIRE ORTHOPAEDIC HOSPITAL AND AGNES HUNT SURGICAL HOME PRESENTED TO HIS ROYAL HIGHNESS PRINCE GEORGE K.G., G.C.V.O., R.N. ON THE OCCASION OF THE LAYING OF THE FOUNDATION STONE IN THE SCHEME OF REBUILDING JANUARY 21ST 1932'. (2)
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Prince George was presented with the trowel at the Derwent Cripples College by the architect Mr. A. E. Williams. The Bishop of Stafford blessed the foundation stone of the the new Village Settlement and afterwards the Prince opened the college itself accompanied by Dame Agnes Hunt, the founder of the college. He then went on to the Shropshire Orthopaedic Hospital where he performed a similar ceremony.
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