[ James Purdey & Sons Ltd, London gunsmiths; C. Harry Lawrence (c.1900-1984); Worshipful Company of Gunmakers; Angus Ogilvy; Sir William Fellowes; Christopher Bonham-Carter; Sir Frederick Browning ]
From various locations in England and the United States, including Buckingham Palace, Sandringham, and the firm's headquarters, Audley House, 57-58 South Audley Street, London. Dating from between around 1914 to 1987.
Charles Harry Lawrence (hereafter CHL) was perhaps the finest gunmaker of the twentieth century. At the age of 14 he joined James Purdey & Sons as an actioner's apprentice, and he remained with the firm for the rest of his life. For fifteen years, ending in 1970, he was the firm's managing director. He was twice (1954 and 1962) Master of the Worshipful Company of Gunmakers, and was Chairman of the Proof House Committee for 27 years from 1954. Having previously received an MBE for his war work, he was awarded an OBE in 1978.
Sir George Courthope (1877-1955), Prime Warden, Goldsmiths' Hall, and Conservative Party politician [ The Worshipful Company of Goldsmiths, City of London livery company ]
On letterhead of Goldsmiths' Hall, Foster Lane, Cheapside, London EC2. May 1945.
4pp., folio. Bifolium. In good condition, lightly-aged. With facsimile signature of 'George Courthope'. The document begins: 'Dear Sir, | The last Report to the Livery was issued in Professor Hutton's Prime Wardenship at Christmas, 1942. I succeeded him in May, 1943, and this Report coincides with the end of my term of office and the declaration of Peace in the West.
Held by kind permission at Drapers' Hall [London], May, 1897.
58 + pp., 8vo. Frontispiece photograph of Queen Victoria, seated with a fan. In yellow wraps ornately printed in brown (discoloured gold?). Disbound from volume of pamphlets, with library stitching to spine and small '5' in ink at head of cover. Advertisements on wraps and final leaf. Descriptions of 479 fans (no illustrations), the first four lent by Queen Victoria. Four page index listing scores of lenders, including Mrs Leopold de Rothschild, Princess Louise, the Marchioness of Bristol, the Irish Lace Depot, the London Glove Company, and the Duchess of York.
[The Yorkshire College, Leeds; Victoria University; the Worshipful Company of Clothworkers of the City of London; Board of Education Reference Library]
Leeds: Goodall and Suddick, Ltd. 1903.
16pp., 4to. Frontispiece and ten half-page black and white photographic illustrations. Stitched. In grey printed wraps. In good condition, lightly aged and worn, with stamps, shelf-mark and red label of the Board of Education Reference Library. Loosely inserted is a printed circular (1p., 4to) from W. F.
John Randall, 80 Long Acre, London, coachmaker and freemason [Sir Charles Brown (c.1747-1827) of Potsdam, 'First Physician to the King of Prussia, his Court and Army']
London; 30 June 1789.
1p., 4to. Bifolium. Very good, on lightly-aged paper. Addressed in another hand on reverse of second leaf to 'Monsieur le Doctor Brown | Medicin de la Majesté la Reine | regnante de Prusse | Berlin', and docketed (presumably by Brown) 'J. Randall Coachmaker | 1789 | London June 30 | recd. July 13 - | with a Receipt in full inclosed -' (the receipt is not present). Brown begins: 'I have sent you enclos'd a receipt in full for what you was Indebted to me'. He would have answered Brown's letter before, but has been 'very Ill for these six weeks past & oblig'd to be by the Sea side'.
Henry R. Thompson, F.R.C.S., Surgeon, St. Mark's Hospital; Master of the Worshipful Company of Barbers [Royal College of Surgeons of England]
Printed by Jackson, Ruston and Keeson Limited, Pear Tree Court, London, E.C.1. 'Reprinted from Annals of the Royal College of Surgeons of England. Volume 26 - January, 1960. Pages 1-23.'
25pp., 8vo. Eleven photographic figures in text. Stapled and unbound. Printed on art paper. Creasing and wear to title-leaf, otherwise in fair condition, with corners slightly dog-eared. Signature 'Henry' at head of title, with purple stamp: 'With the author's compliments.'' This offprint is scarce: no copy in the British Library, and the only copy on COPAC in the Guildhall.
The Worshipful Company of Stationers [Stationers' Company; paper doily]
London: 18 July 1855.
On one side of a piece of wove paper roughly 23.5 x 19 cm. A delicate and scarce piece of ephemera, in a remarkably good state of repair. Possibly a proof, as a thin blank strip along one of the vertical edges, intended to be detached and discarded, still adheres. The menu itself is crisply printed in the centre, covering a space roughly 17 x 13.5 cm.
12mo. In original worn red morocco binding, gilt, with loose front free endpaper. Good, with EXTENSIVE MANUSCRIPT CORRECTIONS AND ADDITIONS. Eight blank leaves bound in front and back, on which are laid down forty-nine illustrations of arms of London livery companies, each approximately one and a half inches square, and apparently dating from the mid-eighteenth century.