A William IV commemorative historical goblet
with a campana shaped bowl inscribed* above chased roses and acanthus foliage, pedestal foot with laurel border, possibly by Thomas James, 1833 - 17cm high; together with a medal commemorating the same event, 8oz.
* the inscription reads: This cup was presented on the 20th May 1834 by the Milton St. Committee City of London to Mr Benjamin Hastie one of the seventeen Jurymen who formed the Memorable Calthorpe St. Inquest as a Perpetual Memorial of their Glorious Verdict of 'Justifiable Homicide' on the Body of Robert Culley a Policeman who was Slain while brutally attacking the People when peaceably Assembled in Calthorpe St. on the 13th May 1833. Alex Mackenzie Chairman, Geo. Webb, J. Nicholson, Treasurers, Thos. Reynolds Secretary.
The meeting was called by the National Union of Working Classes and held at Cold Bath Fields was only one of many demonstrations in the late 18th and early 19th century over the question of reform. Expecting trouble from known agitators, the police dispersed the illegal meeting and it was during this violent clash, which lasted only five minutes, that Constable Culley was stabbed. The inquest was held at the Calthorpe Arms and, although the jury were probably mot in favour of the unionists, they were even more strongly biased against the police, founded only four years previously. Their verdict was denounced by the coroner and later the same month set aside by the Court of the King's Bench. A Select Committee was then set up to investigate the affray; they upheld the police but the affair remained as a strong reminder of te public's right to freedom of speech. (See "The Clerkenwell Riot - The Killing of Constable Culley" by Gavin Thurston).