1827 Georgian Era Chubb Locks Invoice to E P Bastard MP


A really interesting mounted, framed and glazed Georgian invoice made out to the Honourable Edmund Pollexfen Bastard, of Kitley House, in Devon, for 2 x 2 ¾ inch Patent Detector Drawer Locks at 16 shillings each, coming to 1 pound 12 shillings.

The invoice is from Charles Chubb & Co., the famous lock manufacturers. The invoice is dated June 21. 1827. It is addressed to Mr Bastard. The invoice is on cream silk paper and is beautifully decorated with the Royal Coat of Arms and Copperplate printed writing. It came as part of a stock of papers that originated from Kitley House. To put the cost into perspective, we also have the wage sheets of the farm workers and the daily wage was a shilling and sixpence. That means that it would have taken a farm workers 22 days of wages to pay for the 2 cabinet locks.

Edmund Pollexfen Bastard (1784 - 1838) was a British Tory politician, son of Edmund Bastard and his wife Jane Pownoll. He married Anne Jane Rodney, granddaughter of Admiral Rodney. He succeeded his father as Member of Parliament (MP) for Dartmouth from 1812 to 1816 when that seat was taken by his younger brother, John Bastard. In the same election Edmund succeeded his uncle, John Pollexfen Bastard, as MP for Devonshire from 1816 to 1830. He was appointed High Sheriff of Devon for 1834.
Size image: 24 x 20.5 cm (9 ½ x 8 inches)

Size frame: 33 x 29.5 x 2 cm (13 x 11 5/8 x ¾ inches)
Weight: 729 g