The Leslie Burgin 'Minister Of Transport' Silver & Enamel Box
Lined with burr walnut
Made in London 1938 by Asprey.
Width 9.5" (24cm), Depth 7.5" (19cm), Height 1.75" (4.25)
Weight 75 troy oz (2330g).
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The Inscription Reads:
"THE MINISTER OF TRANSPORT, THE RIGHT HON. LESLIE BURGIN
RODE ON A COMMERCIAL LORRY, MAKING ITS REGULAR NIGHT JOURNEY
BETWEEN LONDON & BIRMINGHAM. HE BOARDED THE VEHICLE AT
TOWER BRIDGE ROAD 10pm, 20th May 1938
AND LEFT IT AT DAVENTRY 3.15am 21st May 1938".
This box is of outstanding quality and weighs a staggering 75 troy ozs
(the box and base is wood lined, but not weighted) due to the very thick gauge of silver used.
The box has been is private collection for the last 30 years.
As we know Asprey are well known for their quality, but even for them this is an outstanding piece of workmanship.
Even though the box has the inscription about Leslie Burgin's trip,
it does not explain why he went on it and why such an expensive box would have been made to record this trip.
This journey was reported in The Times on 24th May 1938
headed "Mr Bugin's Night In A Lorry - Bad Driving By Car Owners".
The article refers to Mr Bugin pursuing a policy of road improvements.
A photo enamelled picture
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