A George V Royal Commission on Police Powers Despatch Box, 1929
A George V Royal Commission on Police Powers Despatch Box, 1929
A George V Royal Commission on Police Powers Despatch Box, 1929
A George V Royal Commission on Police Powers Despatch Box, 1929
A George V Royal Commission on Police Powers Despatch Box, 1929
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A George V Royal Commission on Police Powers Despatch Box, 1929

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

Red leather over pine, brass carrying handle and fittings. Following the 1860‘s design of a ministerial despatch box, the hinged lid is centrally applied with gilt GVR cypher of George V within a black panel, the leading chamfered edge embossed with the name of the Commissioner Sir Reginald Poole, and rear edge embossed Commission on Police Powers and Procedure. Fitted with a Bramah security lock and swing handle at the top to guarantee that the box is locked before being carried, the interior stamped with the maker’s details of John Peck & Son, 7 Nelson Square, Southwark, S.E.1, manufacturers to H.M. Stationery Office’.
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The present box was used by Sir Reginald Poole during his work on the Royal Commission on Police Powers, 1929. Royal Commissioners into matters of national importance were appointed directly by George V on the Government’s advice and addressed high-profile social concerns of the day. Poole later sat in 1939 on the Law on Defamation Committee (aka the Libel Committee) member alongside the novelist E.M. Forster, where dark green boxes were the order of the day. 

Sir Reginald Ward Edward Lane Poole, K.C.V.O. (1864-1941) was a prominent British solicitor who became President of the Law Society and, according to The Times, ‘to the public at large perhaps the best known solicitor of his day’. Poole was the son of Professor Poole of the British Museum and was educated at Bedford School and at the University of London. He was articled to Sir George Lewis, 1st Baronet, in 1887, and admitted as a solicitor in 1891. He was often involved in the most sensational cases of the day, and greatly increased the scope of the firm in which he was sole partner from 1927, with several large newspapers among its clients. Poole was also the legal adviser to the Central Conservative Office. He was a member of the Council of the Law Society, between 1919 and 1940, President of the Law Society, between 1933 and 1934, Chairman of the Discipline Committee of the Law Society. Sir Reginald was invested as a Knight Bachelor in 1928, and as a Knight Commander of the Royal Victorian Order in 1934.