M985.230.5027.1 | Trowel used by the Prince of Wales in the completion of the Victoria Bridge

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Trowel used by the Prince of Wales in the completion of the Victoria Bridge
Anonyme - Anonymous
1860, 19th century
Ink on newsprint - Wood engraving
40.2 x 27.3 cm
Gift of Mr. Colin McMichael
© McCord Museum
Keywords:  Miscellaneous (671) , Print (10661)
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The Prince of Wales came to Canada mainly in response to an invitation to attend the inauguration of the Victoria Bridge.
Specially-fitted railcars took those who had the limited tickets available to witness the laying of the last stone on the bridge's north abutment. On his arrival the Prince was escorted by the Hon. John Rose, Commissioner of Public Works, to the platform where he was received by James Hodges, Esq. "builder of the Bridge, who handed him a wooden mallet and silver trowel - the Prince bowing and uncovering as he received them." The silver trowel bore the following inscription on the inside : "To commemorate the Completion of the Victoria Bridge by his Royal Highness Albert Edward, Prince of Wales. Montreal, 1860." On the reverse there appeared and engraving of the bridge. The handle was in the form of a beaver, attached to the blade by a Prince of Wales plume, and the edges of the blade were decorated with a border of the rose, shamrock, thistle and maple leaf.