Rare President's Chain of Office

from 20th Century Bristol Goes Under The Hammer at Dreweatts' Bristol Saleroom

Bristol -A scarce president's chain of office by Thomas Fattorini emerged at a valuation day held in Bristol in December and will be auctioned at a sale in that city on Thursday 12th February.

Long before the emergence of the Welfare State, or later the National Health Service, the working classes banded together in mutual aid or friendly societies usually at a local level. One of these societies, Bristol Clerk of Works & Bristol Foundry Association commissioned Thomas Fattorini to make this president's chain of office in 1925. With its principal plaque bearing the Arms of the City of Bristol, and its reverse, the names and dates of the group's presidents dating from 1898-1966, it is an unusual article of 20th century Bristolian history.

David Rees, Director of Silver and Decorative Arts at Dreweatts said; "This is a rare and well preserved piece. In over 20 years as an auctioneer, this is the first chain of its type that I have seen. It will be exciting to see how this rare piece of Bristolian history is received by bidders when it goes under the hammer in February."

The auction will be held at Bloomsbury House, London on Monday 26th January 2015 in association with Bid for Wine. The catalogue is available to view online at www.dreweatts.com and live.bidforwine.com where real time internet bidding will also be available.


Dreweatts & Bloomsbury Auctions are a UK 'top 5' auctioneer of fine art and collectibles. As part of Stanley Gibbons we are the only UK stock-exchange listed firm of auctioneers and occupy the same stable as coin specialists Baldwin's, and Frasers Autograph's. Established in 1759, we have the broadest and most regular calendar of specialist catalogued sales in the industry, numbering over 150 per annum, and provide vendors and buyers alike access to market-leading specialist advice in any number of collecting fields. We operate from salerooms in Donnington Priory (near Newbury), London's Mayfair, Bristol and Godalming.

Bristol - 20th January 2015