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 George V Royal Commission Railway Despatch Box, 1911
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George V Royal Commission Railway Despatch Box, 1911

Measurements: 46cm (18in) x 30cm (12in) x 15cm (6in)



Following the 1860’s design of a ministerial despatch box the present example, is constructed of pine and covered in stained ram’s skin, and embossed to the hinged lid with the cypher of George V, the title ‘Royal Commission on the Railway Conciliation Scheme 1907’ and bears name ‘Charles G. Beale, Esq’. Fitted handle to on end to ensure that the box is locked before being carried. The lock stamped ‘Wickwar’ for H.M. Stationer Wickwar & Co., of 8 Poland Street, London. Complete with working key

Charles Gabriel Beale (1843-1912) was four times Lord Mayor of Birmingham, Vice Chancellor of Birmingham University and a partner in the law firm Beale and Co. of London and Birmingham, solicitors to the Midland Railway. In 1911 he was appointed a member of the Railway Inquiry Commission.