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Cast bronze parrot with raised wings, standing on an oval base with and supporting a shield with coat of arms and motto on a scroll below, which reads: TENEO TENVERE MAJORES. The parrot has a crown round its neck form which hangs a chain attached to the base. Round the edge of the base, the inscription: *PRESENTED TO THE BRITISH MUSEUM BY JOHN TWEMLOW ESQR OF HATHERTON CHESHIRE 1835. Possibly for use as a paperweight.
Height: 125 millimetres
Length: 110 millimetres
- Curator's comments
- For the arms of John Twemlow, surgeon (b. 1796), see http://cheshire-heraldry.org.uk/medal
where a copper medal of the Walgherton Female Friendly Society, c. 1840 is illustrated; the obverse bears the arms of John Twemlow, as shown on the shield supported by the parrot, together with the Twemlow family motto, Teneo Tenere Majores (I hold what my ancestors have held).
JohnTwemlow gave evidence in a notorious murder case in July 1835, that of Mary Malpass, at Doddington, Cheshire. It may be pure coincidence that the date of presentation of the bronze parrot to the British Museum is the same.
- Not on display
- Acquisition date
- Acquisition notes
- According to the inscription the object, it was presented to the British Museum in 1835.
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