Mid-19th century engraving.
Large image showing the iron built Custom House with clock turret, as built by Messrs E T Bellhouse & Co, Engineers, Manchester. The clock supplied by John Bailey, 60 Regent Road, Salford, Manchester. The print as issued(?) by the Patent Office, Lincoln Inn Fields & Glasgow. Overall size 28 x 22 cm.
The iron building was made in 1854 and it is reported that 25,000 people visited the Bellhouse works over just ten days to see it, erected in a temporary manner, before it was shipped to Paita in Peru, At the time, it was said to be "one of the most important works in iron ever executed" - this only three after the opening of the Crystal Palace in London's Hyde Park. A search on the internet suggests that the building, at least in part, still stands.
Some foxing, especially at right hand edge, otherwise a rare print (I have never seen another with the turret clock information) with wide margins and suitable for framing.
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