BURTON-ON-TRENT

[ Carrington & Co. of London, Court Jewellers and Silversmiths. ] Typed 'Inventory of Plate The Property of Colonel Francis Meynell, D.S.O. Hoar Cross, Burton-on-Trent', the 'Butler's Copy', initalled by Meynell's wife and son.

Author: 
Lieut-Col. Francis Hugo Lindley Meynell (1880-1941), DSO, of Hoar Cross, Burton-on-Trent [ Carrington & Co. of London, Court Jewellers and Silversmiths ]
Publication details: 
Carrington & Co. Ltd., 130 Regent Street, London, W.1. July 1927.
£750.00

From the first item in Chest No. 1 – 'Meat Dish, 22”, oval, gadroon edge. 1805' – to the last of Lady Dorothy Meynell's items – 'Electric Plated Dish, 11”, oblong, plain hammered, cut off corners, sunk centre.' – the inventory provides a curious sidelight on a bygone upper-middle-class world of family plate and dowries, featuring asparagus tongs, sugar sifters and nippers, bon bon boxes, pin trays, plate warmers, whisky noggins, pricket candlesticks, altar cross, pottinger and blotter. See Meynell's entry in Who Was Who, and the report of his funeral in The Times, 23 December 1941.

[ Tanganyika Territory in the nineteen-thirties; Big Game Hunting ] Six long Autograph Letters Signed from Hugo Meynell to his father F. H. Lindley Meynell, including a sixteen-page letter describing a safari in the Serengeti.

Author: 
Hugo Meynell (1909-1960), son of Francis Hugo Lindley Meynell (1880-1941) of Hoar Cross, Burton-on-Trent [ Tanganyika Territory in the nineteen-thirties; big game hunting in Africa; African Safari]
Publication details: 
Four of the letters on letterheads of Mtotohovu, Tanga, Tanganyika Territory; one on letterhead of Union-Castle Line SS 'Durham Castle', and another from Thaba Bosigo, Fouriesburg Rail, Orange Free State. Between 1 September 1932 and 4 January 1933.
£250.00

A total of 46pp., mostly on 4to Mtotohovu letterheads. In fair condition, aged and worn. From the Meynell family papers. In the first letter he describes his preparations for an elephant shoot on the Serengeti: 'I a taking a 400 elephant gun a 300 high velocity gun, and a shot gun. My escort consists of a gun bearer, cook, tent boy lorry driver & skinner.' Of the participants in the '"Ngoma" native dance games' he writes: 'they really were awful, covered in red & yellow clay or mud - they really did look maniacs & I am sure are more than half Savages'.

'Confidential' Autograph Report Signed by 'D. G. D', to 'Mr. Superintendent B. J. Oswell', on form of the Mendicity Society, London, regarding a 'Begging Letter' assocation called 'The Seamen and Boatmen's Friend Society | Regents Canal Dock | E'.

Author: 
D. G. D. [Rev. D. G. Doman?], Mendicity Society, 13 Red Lion Square, London [Superintendent B. T. Oswald, Police Office, Burton-on-Trent; The Seamen and Boatmen's Friend Society, Regents Canal Dock]
Publication details: 
On printed form of the Begging Letter Department, Mendicity Society, 13 Red Lion Square, WC, London. 29 June 1870.
£150.00

2pp., foolscap 8vo. Bifolium on blue paper. In fair condition, on aged and worn paper, with slight fraying and loss to extremities. Addressed on reverse of second leaf to 'Mr. Superintendent B. T. Oswald | Police Office | Burton on Trent'.

Two Autograph Letters Signed ('Diana Mosley') from Lady Diana Mosley [Diana Mitford] to the architectural historian Peter Reid, regarding the family home (Rolleston Hall, Burton-on-Trent) of her husband Sir Oswald Mosley.

Author: 
Lady Diana Mosley [Diana Mitford; née Freeman-Mitford] (1910-2003), wife of the leader of the British Union of Fascists Sir Oswald Mosley, one of the Mitford sisters [Peter Reid]
Publication details: 
On letterheads of Temple de la Gloire, Orsay, Essonne. 16 May 1972 and 13 August 1984.
£180.00

Both letters good, on lightly-aged paper. The second letter in envelope addressed by Mosley to 'Peter Reid Esq | 68 New Cavendish Street | London W1 M 7 LD [sic] | Angleterre'. Letter One (2pp., 12mo): She begins: 'My husband asked me to answer your letter. I think we have got photographs of Rolleston, but all such things are stored in Ireland, where we used to have a house. When I go through them (which one day I must) I will send you what I find.

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