Alfred Steel’s baton with a birds’ motif

photo: Waldemar Kielichowski © Institute of Music and Dance, Warsaw

Name: Alfred Steel’s baton with a birds’ motif; Persons linked to the exhibit: Alfred Steel; Date: 1885; Country: Great Britain; Town: Rothwell; Materials: dark-brown lacquered wood, silver; Measurements: length 49,9 cm, diameter 2,1 cm; Ownership: Jan Stanisław Witkiewicz’s collection; Inventory number: JSW 127; Description:

Black baton with fittings and bird motives; conical body made of dark, lacquered wood, with a silver fitting at the end of the grip, slightly widened, in the shape of a cone, decorated on the sides and flat top with engravings of birds in rushes (herons and small birds); at 1/3 of the body, a silver ring was fixed with an engraved inscription and an analogical bird motif; wooden tip, damaged, without fitting; hallmarked in London in 1885, silversmith’s mark: J.H.R.; as per inscription, the baton was presented in 1896 to Alfred Steel by the choir and friends of the [musical] society in Rothwell  (the abbreviation P.M. possibly stands for the Primitive Methodist Church, one of the Methodist churches).

; Inscriptions:

Presented to / Mr. Alfred Steel / by the Choir & / Friends of the / P. M. / SOCIETY / ROTHWELL. / 14.Augt. 1886

; Catalog card:

Joanna Gul, consultation: Magdalena Szmida-Półbratek (City Museum of Wrocław)


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