Anna R. Bran’s baton

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

Name: Anna R. Bran’s baton; Persons linked to the exhibit: Anna R. Bran; Date: 1916; Country: Great Britain; Town: London; Materials: light-coloured varnished wood, silver, metal; Measurements: length 47,2 cm, diameter 2,0 cm; Ownership: Jan Stanisław Witkiewicz’s collection; Inventory number: JSW 125; Description:

the baton was presented to Anna R. Bran in 1916 (1918?) , probabl by the music ensemble (a choir?) affiliated with the Waterloo Methodist Church (churches bearing the name operate in a number of English and American towns). The baton is a two-piece composite, screwed together in the middle of its length, supplied with an internal connector; the conic core was made of light-coloured wood with visible “spots” (spotted sycamore?); the silver fittings on the grip, tip, and the connector were imprinted with an ornament with acanthus leaves; on the fitting of the slightly flattened bulb, a frame with an inscription was attached; as per the hallmarks, the baton was stamped in 1916 in London., maker’s mark F.D

; Inscriptions:

on the grip fitting: To / Miss Anna R. Bran / FROM / Waterloo Methodist Church / December 9th 1916 [18?]

; Catalog card:

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


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