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Title Gold propelling pencil, Sir Robert Peel
Nationality British
Period 1852

Presented by Sir Robert Peel to Samuel R Goodman in 1845. SRG was employed in the City of London police courts in the Justice Rooms at Mansion House (Lord Mayor's house/headquarters) as Justice Room Clerk, 1844-52, and Principal Clerk, 1853-65. The pencil passed to several recipients (whose names are also inscribed) until 1907.

1845 was the year before the successful repeal of the Corn Laws, in which Peel was instrumental. There is a citrine seal mounted in the top, with the image of an hour glass and the motto 'Time is short'. This phrase was taken from one of Peel's speeches on the repeal of the Corn Laws in the House of Commons. Goodman's details come from one of the London Almanacks of the period.

It is constructed of unhallmarked gold, but is definitely either 9, or possibly 15, carat gold.

The various inscriptions are:
Sir Robert Peel to S. Goodman 1845
M.B. to H. Balderson 1876
H.B. to Guy Butlin 1907

Any memorabilia concerning Peel is desirable as he proved to be Ireland's salvation and perhaps truly the first modern Tory and founder of the Metropolitan (London) Police Force.

If you want to comment on this item—re quality, age, etc—please email me.

[Militaria : Miscellaneous : British : 19th Century]


Bayonet arrived safely today. Thanks very much indeed, I'm very pleased with it.

N M, UK, 30.12.2009

...acquiring this bayonet has completely changed my way of thinking on collecting bayonets. I have become extremely fond of the bayonet... Thanking you once again for the very professional way in which you handled the money [going to the wrong account] problem.

P J, South Africa, 04.02.2006