Dead Dolphin ashore May 2016

Dead Dolphin ashore May 2016

Sunday, 8 February 2015

The 7th Earl of Cardigan and the Ramsgate Town silver.

After spending a bit of time researching  I have now come up with some provenance of the previous owners of the Tomson & Wotton wine coolers in the Ramsgate Town Council collection. The wine coolers were given to the Borough of Ramsgate by Ramsgate brewers Tomson & Wotton in 1934 to commemorate 50 years since the borough was incorporated in 1884. Hallmarking dates the wine coolers as 1839 and the makers are R & S Garrard , London the crown jewelers.

The crest on the liner is a sea horse argent and above is an earl's coronet. In Debrett's complete peerage of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland 1838 this crest is the crest of the Earl of Cardigan. The hallmark on the liner is 1840 and that dates the wine coolers at the time of James Thomas Brundenell 7th Earl of Cardigan. History remembers the 7th Earl of Cardigan as leading the charge of the light brigade on the 25th October 1854 during the Crimean war. Other research points to the very colourful life the 7th Earl lived. He died on 27th March 1868 after falling off his horse.

There are two identical coat of arms on the base of the wine coolers . It is hard to tell which is the front or the back but they are in this alignment in relation to the handles. The crest is identical to that of the Earl of Cardigan including the motto "en grace affie " on grace depend. This to came be found in Debrett's complete peerage 1838. There is one slight difference and that is what is known as a Fret on the right hand half of the shield otherwise everything else is the Earl of Cardigan. The wine cooler is hallmarked 1839. 

Tuesday, 3 February 2015

Displaying the Ramsgate Town Council collection and a ramble.

The original Ramsgate civic collection of historic art in local Government control was instigated by Dame Janet Stancombe Wills in 1912, the origins being fine art.
Over a century later what remains of the collection overall is a very poor record of Ramsgate's historical past as seen through art and artifacts. However, Ramsgate's documented history of archive and photographic images does remain wholly intact thanks duly to a group of  dedicated local historians. There are many factors that have led to the demise of the historic Town collection like the fire that destroyed the museum in the town's library and very poor record keeping at local government level that has led to all sorts of problems.
I have just finished finished a report for Ramsgate Town Council (RTC) that will be going to committee regarding the items RTC own. I have now listed most of the items under RTC ownership with recommendations of a way forward. I have also mentioned that within the other two local authority collections, Kent County Council and Thanet District Council there does exist  enough items to restart a Ramsgate Town  collection should the opportunity arise.
However, the first stage really is to find out what items are where and record everything on a data base. This will include gathering information on Ramsgate artifacts local authority does not own with the intention of building a knowledge base of such items.
I am looking at starting in the future a Ramsgate historic art and artifact group, an online research group that will publish all findings online for search engines. Recently on facebook I have put on a few items from the RTC collection on the Friends of Ramsgate seafront page and that has proved to myself that such an interest does exist.

I have spoken to a number of RTC Councillor's including the Mayor with the intention of arranging an open evening at the Custom House to display items that RTC own for public viewing. Once I have a date everyone will be informed.

            Below are some more of the items owned by Ramsgate Town Council.

Limited edition print by Alfred Smith listed as number 243 out of 250. The view is of shellfish stalls opposite the Custom house in Harbour Parade. The print is dated 1976. 

1960's ariel view of Ramsgate Harbour.

Acrylic on board “The Slipway” September 1978, painted by A Shepherd, Kingsgate, Broadstairs. 

Framed signature of Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother 18th July 1986.