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Royal Coach Maker’s Tercentenary Desk Weight, 1910
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Royal Coach Maker’s Tercentenary Desk Weight, 1910

Measurements: Height: 8cm (3.2in)

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Silver plated desk paperweight in the form of a crown commemorating the 300th anniversary of the founding of Barker's Coach Makers, 1710-1910.

Barker and Company were luxury London coach builders founded in the reign of Queen Anne. Based in Chandos Street, London, the firm built the funeral car for the Duke of Wellington in 1852. With the advent of the motor car Barker was the recommended bodywork supplier for Rolls Royce. By 1912 they described themselves as Coachbuilders to H.M. The King. As well as Rolls-Royce and Bentley, Barker also constructed bodywork on chassis by other manufacturers including Daimler, Napier, Packard, Cadillac, Duesenberg, and Mercedes-Benz. After the 1920s Barker seemed to be unable to keep up with advances in the use of light alloys. Requests for sturdier bodies were met by using heavier components that hampered performance. In 1938 the company fell into receivership and was taken over by a long-term rival.
 

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