Unique? Quite a bold
claim you might think. Nevertheless we
stand by it. Look carefully …. On one side are the words “HOLBORN Restaurant
estd. 1874” and on the other side it reads….. “Presented by the Proprietors to Mr Cracknell, Sept 29th 1894”. We have our doubts whether Mr Cracknell was
given two of these – hence our claim of uniqueness.
And for those of you who are unschooled in such matters, the
Holborn Restaurant was a meeting place for Freemasons.
However a mystery remains…. The restaurant was remodelled by
the architect T.E. Collcutt allegedly in 1895 but this image is of the
remodelled New Kings Hall and dated the previous year.……….. can we speculate
therefore that Mr Cracknell had a hand in this architectural masterpiece?
The more sharp eyed amongst you will have noticed that the
said Mr Cracknell was so delighted with this trophy that he bored a hole
through it, presumably to hang it round is neck, or some other part of his
How to price such an object = a problem. There is nothing like it that we have been
able to find so we have plumped for a modest sum….. if you would like to make a
counter offer please roll up one trouser leg and visit the price negotiator ……………
It is made of some sort of base metal probably containing
lead as it is very heavy and it measures
About 2¾ inches in diameter.