A silver Mug for the local Policeman.
A Victorian silver baluster pint Mug, London 1867, by Charles Boyton. The exterior with stylised engraved panels and, on the front, a presentation inscription: ‘Presented to Edward Buss, of the K.C.C. by the Inhabitants of Wingham, in appreciation of his services during the five years he was statioed with them. 1868.’ The interior of the mug gilt.
The ‘Whitstable Times and Herne Bay Herald ‘ of 22nd February 1868 carried the story of the presentation:
‘Presentation to a Policeman. A large party of the inhabitants of Wingham met at the Red Lion Inn, on Monday last, for the purpose of presenting to Edward Buss (late policeman of the parish) with a handsome silver tankard, as a mark of their esteem of his general conduct, whilst stationed with them. He is now in the Sandwich force. R. Elgar, Esq., of Wingham Court, with his usual kindness took the chair, and was faced by Mr. A. Laslett. A very excellent band was provided from Canterbury, adding much to the pleasure of the evening. After the usual loyal toasts – The chairman, rising to present the tankard, (which is one of a very chaste description, bearing the following inscription: “Presented to Edwd. Buss, of the K.C.C., by the inhabitants of Wingham, in appreciation of his conduct, during the five years he was stationed with them, 1868.”) said it gave him much pleasure to be the medium of presenting this gift of the inhabitants of Wingham, to Mr. Buss, and hoped he would receive it in the same kindly spirit in which he tendered it, and that he might live many years, and look upon the present 9however small) as one he had deserved. He trusted he would continue to possess the good opinions of those he might be called upon to live amongst. Handing the tankard to Mr. Buss, he said the inscription would convey to him the esteem in which he was held by the parishioners of Wingham. The company then drank Mr. Buss’s health very cordially. Mr. Buss, in returning thanks, said he was unable to express by words how much he felt the honour they had conferred upon him; but it should be his utmost study in the future to deserve the same marked respect as he had experienced in Wingham. He should ever prize the tankard, not s much for its intrinsic value, but for the kind feeling, which had prompted his friends to give it to him, and should he be spared, should look upon it in future years as a happy memento of the past.’
Buss was born in Bethersden, Kent in August 1839, the son of James Buss, an agricultural labourer. He married Adelaide Hoyle Prett, born at Worth in Kent, on 8th June 1858. He died in Ramsgate in February 1904.
The website, www.british-police-history.uk, has a detailed biography of Edward Buss.
Good overall with a slight flaw in the horizontal seam on one side [see image].
Height – 12.90 cm.; Width – 12.70 cm.; Depth – 9.10 cm.; Weight – 311.20 gms.