Auction 65
Books, Manuscripts, Rabbinical Letters, Ceremonial Art

Lot Number 402

Silver Trowel – Souvenir from the David Lewis Hostel & Club Cornerstone Laying Ceremony – Liverpool, 1901

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615$
Opening
500$
Lot Number 402

Silver Trowel – Souvenir from the David Lewis Hostel & Club Cornerstone Laying Ceremony – Liverpool, 1901

Fine trowel with a dedicatory inscription: "Presented to Herbert Wolfe Levy on the occasion of laying the foundation stone of the David Lewis Hostel & Club, 3rd Dec. 1901". [Liverpool], 1901.
Silver (marked; manufactured by George Maudsley Jackson and David Landsborough Fullerton, London, 1899). Cast and engraved; bone handle, turned and carved.
An ornate Victorian presentation trowel, ornamented with vegetal patterns, with a carved bone handle.
David Lewis (Levy; 1823-1885), merchant and philanthropist, founder of a famous chain of department stores. Lewis donated to various charity purposes; one of his best-known donations is the Bimah in the Princes Road Synagogue. David Lewis and his wife Bertha had no children and in his testament he donated a significant part of his assets to charity.
After the death of Lewis, the foundation that managed his assets initiated many enterprises for the public's welfare, among them the David Lewis Hostel & Club for people with epilepsy. The trowel was awarded to a nephew of Lewis, Herbert Wolfe Levy (born in Australia, later member of Liverpool's city council) on the occasion of laying the cornerstone for the shelter. The building of the shelter was completed in 1906.
Approx. 8X27 cm. Good condition. Some stains to handle.

Sold For
615$
Opening
500$

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