We recently picked up this splendid commemorative medallion from Turnstock Collectables, one of our favourite sources of ephemera. Dating from 1894 and toasting success to the Manchester Ship Canal and the Thirlmere Water scheme (misspelt 'Thrilmere'), the medallion, which measures approximately 3.8cm, shows a wonderful sailing ship and steam ship with Manchester buildings behind (the Town Hall?).
The obverse has the head of Victoria at the centre with extensive details about the canal, including its length, breadth and tonnage. This is one of a large number of objects created for the opening of the Ship Canal, including ballads, buttons, and china, and we are delighted to be able to add this small item to our significant archive on the canal.