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Monday, 26 January 2015

The Ramsgate Town Council collection

Following a report to the amenities committee of Ramsgate Town in November 2014 , I have now been tasked to take an in depth look at all the items of art and artefacts Ramsgate Town Council have in their collection. This follows my original report was about the status of the remaining Ramsgate art and artifacts in local government collections.
The fire at Ramsgate library in 2004 almost completely wiped out the Ramsgate collection of fine art along with many artifacts. However spread over the three authorities, Kent County Council , Thanet District Council and Ramsgate Town Council there is still a small viable collections of fine art and artifacts.
However all three authorities are beset with problems. KCC with the loses due to the fire, TDC with the auditing of their collection due to council officers not following procedures in the past and Ramsgate Town Council following the move from Albion House and the lack of space to house the collection they own at the Custom House.
My task with the RTC collection is to audit the entire collection in order of relevance based on the provenance of each item.  In some cases the provenance will need to be strengthened like the town silver for example, the makers and year of assay has never been recorded from the hall marks.
I have opted to keep the collection based on Civic and Cinque ports history as that is the historical roots of Ramsgate Town council . There is small collection of fine art and  other miscellaneous items. I must add that what I am suggesting is not set in stone as it is up to the other Ramsgate Town Council members to decide.
I have many findings and taken many photographs of which I have posted a few with some details.

This signed photograph is of the Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother .The photograph was taken by Dorothy Wilding . The frame is Sterling Silver and has a Birmingham  hallmark 1948. The makers mark is Henry Hobson Plante of 12 Bury Street W1 . The portrait is one of a pair as the other is King George VI  with the same details.

Some of the town silver does have an Art Deco influence like this trophy . Made in 1936 by S. Blackensee & Sons Ltd Birmingham and assayed in 1936. It does carry an engraving " Ramsgate Venetian Fete Challenge Trophy presented by the Corporation of Ramsgate 1936."

Most of the Ramsgate Town Council  silver is very traditional like this one on the table. The cup is known and engraved as the H H Green cup. Herbert Horace Green was Mayor of Ramsgate in 1900 and his details are on the Ramsgate Town Council website.
 On the base is a small plate that was assayed in Sheffield in 1925, the maker and engraver of the plate is Martin Hall & Co . The engraving reads "In memory of Herbert Horace Green ESQ Justice of the Peace for the County of Kent and 25 years for the Borough of Ramsgate, March 3rd 1926, Presented to the Ramsgate Borough Police to be awarded for the most meritorious act of the year". 
The cup itself was assayed in Sheffield in 1868 and there is a Victoria young head duty mark present.  The makers of the cup are Richard Martin & Ebenezer Hall. (RMEH).  

In the framed section all the armed forces are represented. Most of the items presented to the Ramsgate Charter Trustees the predecessors to the current Ramsgate Town Council. I have posted a framed presentation from the Princess of Wales Royal Regiment when they exercised their right as Honorary Freeman on 19th September 1998. 

In the RTC collection there is some artwork by local artist Denys le Fevre  and his work on the Synagogue and Montifiore Mausoleum is very attractive. 

This map is from the Cinque ports section of the collection and it is by local artist Denys le Fevre. Also in the Cinque port collection there are three copies of the loyal address. 

This framed print is one of three of William Friths " Ramsgate , life at the seaside " owned by RTC . Two are engraved by C W Sharpe published by the art union of London 1859 and the other is a later edition as in early 20th century. Also under William Frith  there are three framed detailed sections of the print by C W Sharpe taken from periodicals.

There are not many loose photographs in the RTC collection. This one from 1959 will eventually be disposed of from the collection and given to another collection once copied.

Excluding the town silver and the photographs of past mayors that are stored in the flat I have listed to date 79 items in the RTC collection of which 19 maybe classed as fine art.
I have not listed all of the twinning items and some of the smaller repro prints as they will be a subject of a debate when I present my report to RTC.

Wednesday, 21 January 2015

Ramsgate Town Council and the Tomson and Wotton wine coolers.

Ramsgate Town Council is reviewing its entire collection of Art and Artifacts. Each item being audited and on a new data base. Most important of all the provenance of each item is to be researched in better detail. I have now taken up this task.
In the collection there is a pair of wine coolers in silver gilt.They are made by R & S Garrard and the hallmark is London 1839 , the hallmark on the liner is London 1840. The collar has no year date but has the Victorian duty mark and the Robert Garrard makers marks.
The detachable is engraved   “presented by Tomson & Wotton Ltd to mark the fiftieth anniversary of the Town’s Incorporation 1884 to 1934”.  The liner has a crest of an Earl's coronet with a dragon kneeling. On the base there are four crests one being the town of Ramsgate. The others are undergoing further research and I have have taken many photographs and these are a few.

One of the pair

The wine cooler taken apart with the liner and collar

The engraved collar "presented by Tomson & Wotton Ltd to mark the fiftieth anniversary of the Town’s Incorporation 1884 to 1934”

The crest on the liner

The crests on the feet. At present three are being researched.

Above the town crest of Ramsgate and below the decorative handle.