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Catalog Number PAM00028
Title Liquor Chest
Description Locking tortoise shell liquor chest with handle gifted to Dr. Stead from Walter Kempner
Interior is lined in blue cloth and contains three cut-glass decanters with stoppers
Engraved on lock plate "G. Betjemann & Sons, London"
Notes Gift from Walter Kempner [professor emeritus of medicine, Duke University] to Dr. Stead on his 75th birthday
Typewritten note dated October 6, 1983 reads: "D.G.
I guess your 75th birthday is a pretty unique occasion in your life. Congratulations!
When Pope Leo XIII celebrated his 90th birthday, one of the Cardinals who was rather anxious to become his successor said to him: 'I hope Your Holiness will celebrate his hundredth birthday in the same good health as you enjoy today.' - whereupon the Pope answered: 'Why do you want to set limits to the divine predestination?'
So please continue.
With all best spirits,
[signed 'W.K.']
WK"

Handwritten note: "Circa 1830 English Waterford glass -- three original bottle liquor set -- tortoise shell case -- Benjamin & Sons. London" [note may contain inaccurate information]

Re maker: According to "The Directory of Gold and Silversmiths" by John Culme, George Betjemann started a small business in 1851. However, he '"became probably the largest maker of fancy goods in the world; invented the Tantalus spirit stand of which he sold many thousands and patented self-closing book slides and extending dressing cases." In circa 1858, George Betjemann's two sons joined the firm and the name was changed to George Betjemann & Sons."
Object Name Chest, Liquor
Date Undated
Collection E.A. Stead Lake Home Office Museum
Search Terms Liquor chest
Subjects Chests
Boxes