Sheffield Interest - A Hallmarked Silver Presentation Bell Relating to Mr William Kean, General Secretary of The National Union of Gold, Silver & Allied Trades, Later President of The T.U.C. 1934/1935, Martin Hall & Co, Sheffield 1935, "Presented to W. Kean, President, by British Trades Union Congress Margate September 1935", bearing the Margate Coat of Arms, the National Union of Gold, Silver & Allied Trades badge and T.U.C. Labour emblem, with Corinthian column handle and figural finial, 39cms high, 1040grams, raised on black socle base, under tall glass dome (damaged), overall height 47cms; Together with An Illuminated Address to Mr William Kean O.B.E., J.P., and Associated Ephemera.
*Born in Sheffield, Kean became a cutler working in silver and a trade unionist. By his early twenties he was secretary of the small Sheffield based Spoon and Fork Filers, Odd Workers and Stampers Society, from this position, he masterminded a merger of several small unions which formed the National Union of Gold, Silver and Allied Trades (NUGSAT), completed in 1911, and became its first secretary.
In 1921, Kean was elected to the General Council of the Trades Union Congress (TUC), remaining in place until 1945, having served as President 1934/1935. He died in 1954.
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