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1948.11.2
This artefact belongs to: © New Brunswick Museum
Dinner set
Joseph Rodgers & Sons Limited
1930, 20th century
Silver
Bequest of the Right Honourable Richard Bedford, Viscount Bennett
1948.11.2
This artefact belongs to: © New Brunswick Museum

Keys to History:

Soon after assuming office, Prime Minister Bennett (1870-1947) quickly organized his cabinet and called a special session of Parliament for September 1930. By quickly passing a 20-million-dollar Unemployment Relief Bill and raising tariffs, he did impress some Canadians. Bennett was a man of action.

Two weeks later, Bennett rushed across the Atlantic to attend his first Imperial Conference in London. While there, he received honourary degrees and was made a member of the Privy Council. He toured England in addition to visiting Dublin, Belfast, Edinburgh and the Canadian War Memorial at Vimy Ridge, France. In Sheffield, England, Bennett received a 12-place silver service in a mahogany cabinet, together with a certificate granting him Freedom of the City.

What:

Along with the usual complement of forks, knives and spoons, the silver set also includes a variety of matching serving pieces.

Where:

Sheffield, where this service was made, is located in north-central England, 260 kilometres northwest of London.

When:

The cutlery trade is known to have existed in the Sheffield area as early as 1272.

Who:

Sheffield craftspeople are world-renowned for the quality of their metalwork.

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