BENJAMIN DISRAELI:- A VICTORIAN SILVER PLATE WITH LATER GENERAL ELECTION INSCRIPTION
BENJAMIN DISRAELI:- A VICTORIAN SILVER PLATE WITH LATER GENERAL ELECTION INSCRIPTION

MARK OF GEORGE LAMBERT, LONDON, 1875

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BENJAMIN DISRAELI:- A VICTORIAN SILVER PLATE WITH LATER GENERAL ELECTION INSCRIPTION
MARK OF GEORGE LAMBERT, LONDON, 1875
BASE INSCRIBED THIS PLATE WAS FORMERLY THE PROPERTY OF THE RT. HON.BLE THE EARL OF BEACONSFIELD K.G. ABOVE INITIALS, THE FRONT ENGRAVED TO UPPER RIM WITH DISRAELI CREST BELOW AN EARL'S CORONET AND INSCRIBED TO CENTRE MEMORANDUM OF SOME OF THE RESULTS OF THE PARLIAMENTARY GENERAL ELECTION 1885 IN THE COUNTY PALATINE OF LANCASTER. WIGAN BOROUGH, ONE MEMBER, FRANCIS SHARP POWELL C.3637. GEORGE HARRIS LEA. L.2721. CONSERVATIVE MAJORITY.916. AND AROUND THE SIDES DETAILS OF THE RESULTS OF THE VARIOUS DIVISIONS, ALL WITH CONSERVATIVE MAJORITIES
10 IN. DIAMETER (25.5 CM.)
17 OZ. (527 GM.)

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THIS PLATE IS BELIEVED TO HAVE COME FROM THE SALE BY CHRISTIE'S OF THE CONTENTS OF DISRAELI'S CURZON STREET HOME ON HIS DEATH IN 1881. THE SALE WAS HELD BY THE EARL'S BROTHER, RALPH, WHO ASKED VERY INFLATED PRICES PLAYING ON HIS LATE BROTHER'S POPULARITY AND HOPING TO INCREASE HIS SON'S INHERITANCE, THE EARL HIMSELF NOT HAVING CHILDREN.
LANCASHIRE RETURNED 54 MPS TO PARIAMENT AT THE 1885 GENERAL ELECTION AND THIS PLATE RECORDS CONSERVATIVE VICTORIES IN WIGAN AND SURROUNDING SEATS. HENRY BLUNDELL C.B. (INCE) GRANDSON TO QUEEN VICTORIA'S MAID OF HONOUR & DEPUTY LIEUTENANT OF THE COUNTY. RT. HON. SIR RICHARD ASSHETON CROSS GCB, FRS, VISCOUNT FROM 1886, HOME SECRETARY AND SECRETARY OF STATE FOR INDIA. RT. HON. SIR ARTHUR BOWER FORWOOD, BART. (ORMSKIRK), MERCHANT SHIP-OWNER & LORD MAYOR OF LIVERPOOL IN 1878. FRANK HARDCASTLE (WESTHAUGHTON), HIGH SHERIFF OF LANCASHIRE 1895/6. SIR FRANCIS SHARP POWELL, BART. (WIGAN) CAMPAIGNER FOR FREE TRADE, SANITATION AND EDUCATION.
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