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George V Silver Sprung Slide Action Sovereign Case Scottish Railway Interest
SAMPSON MORDAN & CO 1911
A rare early 20th century silver sprung slide action silver Sovereign Case, made to accept 8 Sovereigns, the plain curved rectangular case with attached suspension ring and two raised thumb tags to assist the tightly sprung hinged opening mechanism. The silver gilt interior with two shaped channels containing sprung steel bases along which the coins can be slid and retained.

The face with engraved presentation inscription:-
"PRESENTED TO
A.MacKoy Esq.
STAINIONMASTER and POSTMASTER. STRATHCARRON
ALONG WITH A PURSE OF SOVEREIGNS
AS A TOKEN OF ESTEEM
BY HIS MANY FRIENDS
ON HIS RETIREMENT
LOCH CARRON 1912".

By Sampson Mordan & Co, Chester 1911.
Price £795.00
Condition In good condition with just a few minor surface scratches and a couple of tiny dings. Opens and closes tightly with strong spring.
Height 7  mm (0.28 inches)
Width 86  mm (3.39 inches)
Depth 34  mm (1.34 inches)
Weight 51.00 Grams (1.64 troy ounces)
Country England
Stock Code LR200817
Medium Silver
Literature Strathcarron is a Railway Station on the famous Kyle Line in the Scottish Highlands.

The Kyle Line is one of the world's most scenic rail journeys. It goes from Inverness on the east coast of Scotland through to Kyle of Lochalsh on the west.

The initial section of the Kyle Line ran from Dingwall as far as Stromeferry and was opened on 19th August 1870. The final difficult section to Kyle of Lochalsh was started in 1893 and took so long to get approval to build because ultimately the engineers (and over 80 'navvies') had to construct 29 bridges, cut through 31 sections of solid rock at an average cost of £20,000 per mile - that would be a total cost of around £18million in today's money. It was eventually opened on 2nd November 1897.

In the episode of Great Railway Journeys of the World "Confessions of a Trainspotter" (1980), Michael Palin travels from London to the Kyle of Lochalsh and returns with the railway station's sign.


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