Decorative Arts & Silver Online Auction

April 30, 2015

LOT 116
[Canadian Historical Interest] Victorian Silver Plated Oval Basket, 1860
  • [Canadian Historical Interest] Victorian Silver Plated Oval Basket, 1860
  • [Canadian Historical Interest] Victorian Silver Plated Oval Basket, 1860

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[Canadian Historical Interest] Victorian Silver Plated Oval Basket, 1860

with pierced sides and moulded rim and swing handle on four feet, engraved on the centre with the Prince of Wales’s badge and motto ‘ICH DIEN’ and a testimonial inscription to John Harvie
length 12.7" — 32.3 cm.

Estimate $150-$250

Realised: $600
Price Includes Buyer's Premium ?

About artist/note:

Inscription reads:
Albert Edward, Prince of Wales / TO / JOHN HARVIE / In testimony of his services in charge of the Special Train / on the occasion of the visit of His Royal Highness to Collingwood. / Northern Railway of Canada. Tenth of September 1860. / Fred W. Cumberland, Managing Director / J Lewis Grant, Superintendent

Literature:

Dictionary of Canadian Biography
"Early in 1853 Harvie joined the Ontario, Simcoe and Huron Union Rail-road (later the Northern) as a freight conductor. When, on 16 May 1853, the American conductor engaged to take the railway’s first passenger train from Toronto to Machell’s Corners (Aurora) failed to appear, superintendent Alfred Brunel* put Harvie in charge. (This steam train was also the first to operate in Upper Canada.) Harvie continued as a conductor. The high point of his conducting career undoubtedly came on 11 Sept. 1860, when he ran the Prince of Wales’s special train on an outing to Georgian Bay. In return he received an inscribed silver basket, which remains in family hands.”

Provenance:

John Harvie (1833-1917)
By descent to the present owner

Additional Info:

Department: Decorative Arts
Silver