I have recently acquired a beautiful silver presentation lifeboat. Presented to Mrs Samuel Plimsoll from funds raised by the Plimsoll Life-boat Fund Committees at Liverpool and Derby (Samuel Plimsoll, of Plimsoll Line fame, was MP for Derby). The Liverpool portion of the fund was contributed through the exertions of 'some working men in that town who wished to tender to Mr Plimsoll a token of their respect, as a small acknowledgement of his great efforts to protect the lives of our sailors......'
The residue of the fund was used to make the silver presentation piece. It was made by 'T.H. Paris, successors to J. Mayer , silversmith Liverpool'. Hidden from view inside the base is the inscription 'The joint work of Hy Glennon and Jos Lennie July 1876'. It has the Chester Hallmark for 1875/76.
The presentation of this silver lifeboat is well reported in the Liverpool Daily Post and I eagerly await a photocopy from the Central Library.
I have not been able to find a reference to T.H. Paris in the books on silver that I own - hence this e-mail. I would have thought this bit of Liverpool History would be of interest to the Liverpool History Society - if not already well known. I wonder if you can help. Any information regarding the Silversmith and of Glennon and Lennie would be much appreciated.
I would be happy to provide the Society with a fuller account of this event if of interest.