Commemorative Key

Commemorative Key
Commemorative Key

1850-1900 / Commemorative / Metal / Metalwork / Methodism / Other

Commemorative key, presented to the Rev. J. B. Knipp on June 4th, 1895 at the opening of the Primitive Methodist Book Depot in Aldersgate Street, London

This key follows the tradition of opening Methodist buildings with an opening ceremony and the presentation of a symbolic key or trowel. But this key is unusual. Even by the standards of the time it is very elaborate, large and the materials costly. The key was made from hallmarked sterling silver gilt, and with 'teeth' in the shape of the initials of the person conducting the opening ceremony ('JBK'). It is perhaps somewhat grand for celebrating the opening of a Book Depot by a Primitive Methodist minister.

See also the other commemorative keys, trowels and foundation stones in the Online Collection.