A gilt christening cup given by Lawrence of Arabia to the son of the real-life Peter Pan is to be sold at Sworders on December 4.
The 17th Century cup was given by T E Lawrence in 1933 to his
godson, Ruthven Barrie Llewelyn Davies. Ruthven was the son of
Peter Llewelyn Davies - one of five brothers adopted by J M Barrie
- and widely regarded to have been the inspiration behind Barrie's
most famous character, Peter Pan.
It is inscribed with the words 'RBLLD June 21st 1933 from his
godfather T E Shaw'. It also reads "Lawrence of Arabia" and
the words "For the imp: belated but will not know about time
The cup, which is estimated at £1000-1500, is part of a small
collection originating from the Llewelyn Davies family appearing at
the specialist silver and jewellery sale at Sworders' auction room
in Stansted Mountfitchet.
It dates to the early 17th Century and was made in Germany by
The sale also features a Cartier lapel watch once owned by
Gertie Millar. She was one of the most famous actresses and most
photographed women of the Edwardian era.
Gertie, a working class girl from Bradford, became a successful
showgirl and actress and married the Earl of Dudley in 1924. The
Art Deco style lapel watch has the initials GM in diamonds and is
believed to have been a gift from her husband. The watch has an
estimate of £10,000-15,000.
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