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"
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,
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|
|Collection||E.A. Stead Lake Home Office Museum|