Royal Visit, RHS Temple Show, lithograph 1897
Ransomes Lawnmower Advert, watercolour, 1950s
World War I ‘Trench’ Art – Jardinière fashioned from a German Howitzer shell case, dated 1916. Kindly donated by Ditchling Museum
Recent Donations and Acquisitions
In recent months, the Garden Museum has acquired new material for the collection:
Royal Visit, RHS Temple Show, Lithograph, 1897.
T.R.H the Princess of Wales, the Duke of York, Princess Charles of Denmark and Princess Victoria inspecting Suttons' gloxinia display at the Royal Horticultural Society's Temple Show in 1897.
Ransomes Lawnmower Advert, Watercolour, 1950s.
Original artwork from a 1950s advertisement for the Ransomes Ajax lawnmower. Kindly donated by Stephen Crisp, 2013.
An example of ‘Trench Art’ from the First World War – a brass jardinière fashioned from a German shell casing produced in Karlsruhe and dated October 1916. Trench art refers to any decorative item made by soldiers, prisoners of war or civilians, most commonly made from shell and bullet casings or carved from wood and bone. These particular shells were manufactured for the Krupp 21cm Morter 10/16 – a Howitzer used by the German Foot Artillery with a range of 9.40km, each cartridge carrying 114kg of high explosive. The primer on the jardiniere’s base has a strike mark, indicating this shell had been fired. This jardiniere belonged to a family in Ditchling and was kindly donated by Ditchling Museum.